This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs
This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs
The tropical net-casting spider Deinopis spinosa joins several other arachnid species that can hear sounds from afar without the help of a web, or even ears—an ability that aids its unique hunting tactics.
This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs
This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs

The tropical net-casting spider Deinopis spinosa joins several other arachnid species that can hear sounds from afar without the help of a web, or even ears—an ability that aids its unique hunting tactics.

The tropical net-casting spider Deinopis spinosa joins several other arachnid species that can hear sounds from afar without the help of a web, or even ears—an ability that aids its unique hunting tactics.

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Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies
Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies
Ashley Yeager | Aug 14, 2020
The Caltech scientist was revered for his work on the neurobiology of birdsong and owls’ ability to home in on their prey.
New Hearing Device Isolates Voices
New Hearing Device Isolates Voices
Jef Akst | May 16, 2019
An experimental hearing aid differentiates speakers and monitors the wearer’s brain activity to amplify the one she is trying to listen to.
The Biggest Science News of 2018
The Biggest Science News of 2018
Kerry Grens | Dec 27, 2018
From disastrous scientific setbacks to the upending of scientific dogma and the end of a 40-year search for a protein
Suit Filed to Stop Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean
Suit Filed to Stop Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean
Ashley Yeager | Dec 12, 2018
Eight environmental groups took the legal measure in an effort to protect North Atlantic right whales and other marine organisms.
Long-Sought Hearing Channel Protein Found
Long-Sought Hearing Channel Protein Found
Abby Olena | Aug 22, 2018
After a decades-long pursuit, researchers have confirmed the identity of the pore of the mechanotransduction channel in vertebrates’ inner ear hair cells.
Ultrasound Fires Up the Auditory Cortex—Even Though Animals Can’t Hear It
Ultrasound Fires Up the Auditory Cortex—Even Though Animals Can’t Hear It
Abby Olena | May 24, 2018
Researchers have been using ultrasound to control brain activity, but studies in mice and guinea pigs show it also stimulates the auditory system, presenting a confounder for direct neural stimulation.
Proposed Seismic Surveys Raise Concern Over Health of Marine Life
Proposed Seismic Surveys Raise Concern Over Health of Marine Life
Ashley Yeager | May 11, 2018
The Atlantic has been free of intense air-gun blasts to probe for oil and gas for 30 years, and researchers fear for endangered North Atlantic right whales and other animals.
RNA Injection Restores Hearing in Guinea Pigs
RNA Injection Restores Hearing in Guinea Pigs
Abby Olena | Apr 18, 2018
Researchers deliver small interfering RNAs loaded into nanoparticles into the ears of adult guinea pigs to regenerate hair cells damaged by noise.
Image of the Day: Bat Attack!
Image of the Day: Bat Attack!
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 15, 2018
Barbastelle bats trick moths with muffled echolocation calls.
CRISPR Helps Mice Hear
CRISPR Helps Mice Hear
Abby Olena | Dec 20, 2017
Researchers reduce the severity of hereditary deafness in mice with the delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 protein-RNA complexes that inactivate a mutant gene in their inner ears. 
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2017
By investigating the science behind “seeing” with sound, researchers hope to help blind individuals independently navigate the world.
Introducing Batman
Introducing Batman
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Daniel Kish, who is blind, uses vocal clicks to navigate the world by echolocation.
Image of the Day: Ears-in-a-Dish
Image of the Day: Ears-in-a-Dish
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2017
Using three-dimensional culture, which allows cells to grow in a ball-shape aggregate, scientists created inner ear organoids containing sensory neurons and hair cells.
Understanding Music Heard Through Cochlear Implants
Understanding Music Heard Through Cochlear Implants
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2017
Music sounds very different to cochlear implant users. Researchers are trying to improve the experience.
Katie Kindt's Quest to Understand Hair Cells
Katie Kindt's Quest to Understand Hair Cells
Karen Zusi | Sep 1, 2016
Acting Chief, Section on Sensory Cell Development and Function, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Age: 38
Brain Listens During Sleep
Brain Listens During Sleep
Tanya Lewis | Jun 15, 2016
People continue to hear and process words during light non-REM sleep, a study shows.
What’s in a Voice?
What’s in a Voice?
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2016
More than you think (or could make use of)
Year in Review: Hot Topics
Year in Review: Hot Topics
Jef Akst | Dec 20, 2015
In 2015, The Scientist dove deep into the latest research on aging, HIV, hearing, and obesity.
New Route to Hearing Loss Mapped
New Route to Hearing Loss Mapped
Kerry Grens | Nov 5, 2015
Deficiency in a protein called pejvakin makes inner ear cells more vulnerable to sound, unable to brace themselves against oxidative stress stimulated by noise.