Lisa Van Kula Donovan, from Australia, treats spiders the way some people might treat a pet bird or hamster, allowing them to crawl all over her. This isn't the first video of Donovan with a Huntsman spider on her face (there's another on her wannabe_entomologist Instagram page from months ago), but in this video she calmly allows the spider to settle over her eye, which is pretty amazing. She says the Huntsman, which is "venomous but not deadly," is a mama spider that just had babies. And Donovan says (as if she were talking about a litter of puppies) that she has set aside a few of the babies to raise.
After mating, the male Philoponella prominens spider—a type of orb weaver native to Japan and Korea—catapults itself away from the female at astounding speed. Why? To avoid being eaten by the female once the deed is done and its services are no longer required. Researchers captured high-resolution video of the spider's launch, clocked between 32… READ THE REST
The population of non-native Joro spiders has exploded in Georgia and entomologists expect huge numbers of the strikingly-colorful arachnids, each approximately the size of your palm, to parachute across the East Coast. According to new research, the spiders (Trichonephila clavata) adapt to colder weather and can travel distances up to 100 miles on gusts of… READ THE REST
I just read a long but fascinating article on Physics World about all the different data that scientists have converted into vibratory frequencies — essentially song-ifying their science. Back in 2019, a group of scientists translated amino acids into sound. But even more recently, a paper in the Computer Music Journal explained how to sonify… READ THE REST
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