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.
"Not panicking, not panicking, not panicking," a Queensland, Australia woman tells herself after she carefully prods this humongous hairy black spider – speaking to it like it's a puppy – into a plastic bin. At least, she says, it's not as bad as a snake. This video was originally on TikTok but it's more entertaining… READ THE REST
After building a web, spiders sit patiently, waiting for the movements of their prey to vibrate the silk strands beneath them like guitar strings. Seizing upon this analogy, researchers from MIT have introduced "Spider's Canvas," an algorithm that turns spiderweb vibrations into a digital stringed instrument. They presented their results on Monday (April 12) during… READ THE REST
When people talk about crazy zombie fungi that hijack bug bodies, they're usually talking about cordyceps. I recently learned about this similar fungal pathogen that lives in dank basement and likes to attach itself to common cellar spiders through the joints in their legs, slowly consuming their insides until all that's left is a fuzzy… READ THE REST
If powering up devices was as easy as plugging your single device into its accompanying charger and juicing away, everything would be simple. But you and the rest of your household are likely laden down with an armload of devices, often with their own proprietary cables, connections, power needs, and beyond. The ChargeHub X5 Elite… READ THE REST
The average American stares at a screen over 17 hours a day. That's almost every waking minute of your life, over 6,200 hours a year. And the even scarier fact is that those are pre-pandemic numbers. By now, we can imagine that imbalance has grown even worse. And all that time staring at your MacBook… READ THE REST
It's easy to spend your 20s assuming that some of the finer points of adulting will just work themselves out over the course of time. You're so busy trying to start a career, find a relationship, and settle on exactly who you are and what you want to be that it's forgivable if some of… READ THE REST