‘Slingshot spiders’ accelerate 100X faster than cheetahs

The slingshot spider can launch itself at pray with a velocity of more than 13 feet per second. Unsuspecting mosquitoes don't stand a chance.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: amazon spiders science-and-technology predators speed

Four ways people stuck at home became armchair naturalists during lockdown

Citizen scientists have helped researchers track the changing environment during the pandemic.

Jordan Patrick Cuff, PhD Candidate in Biosciences, Cardiff University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus citizen-science air-pollution lockdown urban-wildlife spiders

Warming Arctic nudges wolf spiders to cannibalism

To compete in a warming Arctic, wolf spiders get bigger, reproduce more, and eat different foods—including other spiders.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change arctic ecosystems spiders featured earth-and-environment

Peacock spiders show more of their colours

A new batch of these ostentatiously coloured and popular arachnids is described in Australia.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
March 30, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals australia spiders

Biodiversity: The best plants for attracting insects to gardens

With insect populations in decline, a study shows how gardens can support beetles, spiders and the like.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Dec. 7, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: environment insects spiders gardening

Tiny pest-eaters benefit from smaller farm fields

"...natural enemies can be more abundant when agricultural landscapes are made up of smaller farm fields." Natural enemies mean fewer pests eating crops.

U. Michigan • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: insects agriculture ecosystems spiders earth-and-environment shapes pests

Creepy research: VR spiders, squirrel fangs, and scary memories

From virtual spiders to a scary fanged squirrel, here are three creepy research stories from 2019 to celebrate Halloween.

UT Austin • futurity
Oct. 29, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: virtual-reality memory halloween holidays fears spiders science-and-technology medical-researchers

Listen: Expert debunks scary myths about spiders

Do we swallow spiders while we sleep? Are daddy-long-legs actually a spider? In this podcast, an expert gives you the facts about arachnids.

NC State • futurity
Oct. 3, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: spiders featured science-and-technology

Spiders inspire nerve-like sensors for drones

With better sensors and inspiration from nature, drones and self-driving cars could detect and avoid objects more easily.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: robots sensors drones spiders biomimicry science-and-technology nerves

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