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Spiders with Long Tails Found in Ancient Amber

By Jim Daley | February 5, 2018

This discovery closes a 170-million-year gap in the fossil record.

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Image of the Day: Rainbow Butt

By The Scientist Staff | January 4, 2018

Scientists explore why male peacock spiders are so colorful. 

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Animal Analgesics

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2018

A cornucopia of toxins in the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for novel painkillers, but so far, effective drugs have proven elusive.  

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Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

Arachnids harbor a plentiful array of molecules that target mammalian pain receptors.

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Insect Cuticle Aids Spiders’ Traps

By Sandhya Sekar | June 2, 2017

Prey stick to orb-weaver spider webs because their waxy outer layers mesh with spider silk to form a matrix glue.

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Image of the Day: Better Be . . . Gryffindor!

By The Scientist Staff | May 22, 2017

Inspired by the Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter series, scientists aptly dubbed this pointy spider Eriovixia gryffindori, after the fictional yet formidable wizard Godric Gryffindor.   

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Lightning-Fast Spider Bites

By Tanya Lewis | April 8, 2016

Trap-jaw spiders have the fastest, most powerful bite of any arachnid, scientists show. 

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Spiders, Prey Leave DNA

By Bob Grant | November 30, 2015

A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.

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Spider and Centipede Venom Remarkably Similar

By Bob Grant | June 12, 2015

The predatory toxins employed by animals separated by millions of years of evolution are virtually identical, a study shows.

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Celebrating New Species

By Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015

An international panel of scientists selects the 10 most interesting organisms discovered last year.

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