A Song of Spider Silk
A Song of Spider Silk
Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.
A Song of Spider Silk
A Song of Spider Silk

Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.

Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.

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Book Excerpt From <em>A Most Remarkable Creature</em>
Book Excerpt From A Most Remarkable Creature
Jonathan Meiburg | Mar 30, 2021
In Chapter 15, “Above the Falls,” author Jonathan Meiburg recounts an evening on a research expedition near the Rewa River in Guyana.
Slingshot Spiders Pull More Gs than Cheetahs Do
Slingshot Spiders Pull More Gs than Cheetahs Do
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2020
Using their silk threads as a catapult, members of a family of orb-weaving arachnids rocket themselves and their webs through the air to capture prey.
This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs
This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 29, 2020
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.
Top Spider Biologist&rsquo;s Research Under Fire
Top Spider Biologist’s Research Under Fire
Amy Schleunes | Feb 10, 2020
After the initial announcements of two retractions, scientists have mobilized to interrogate the data in nearly 150 of Jonathan Pruitt’s papers.
Image of the Day: Floating Metal
Image of the Day: Floating Metal
Emily Makowski | Nov 11, 2019
Buoyancy techniques used by spiders and ants inspire the development of floating aluminum discs.
Image of the Day: Spider Spotting
Image of the Day: Spider Spotting
Emily Makowski | Oct 9, 2019
A type of jumping spider called Afraflacilla had never been documented in India—until now.
Image of the Day: Spider Sex
Image of the Day: Spider Sex
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 26, 2019
Funnel-web spiders change the timing of their distinct courtship behavior depending on what microbes they’re carrying.
Spider&rsquo;s Orange Colors Both Lure Prey and Frighten Predators
Spider’s Orange Colors Both Lure Prey and Frighten Predators
Jake Buehler | Apr 22, 2019
Spotted coin spider colors are a Swiss army knife of deception, bringing food closer, and keeping assailants at bay.
Image of the Day: Ant Imposters
Image of the Day: Ant Imposters
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 20, 2019
Over the course of their lives, the jumping spider Synemosyna formica wears two different ant disguises to fool preying birds.
Image of the Day: Under the Microscope
Image of the Day: Under the Microscope
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 5, 2019
A virtual exhibition of C.R. Percival’s slides reveals the natural world up close.
Jumping Spiders Produce Milk to Feed Their Young
Jumping Spiders Produce Milk to Feed Their Young
Diana Kwon | Nov 29, 2018
Without access to their mothers’ milk, Toxeus magnus offspring die within the first 10 days of life.
Image of the Day: Spinning Webs
Image of the Day: Spinning Webs
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 19, 2018
Scientists photograph a spider web in micron-scale glory.
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Catherine Offord | Mar 8, 2018
In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.
Spiders with Long Tails Found in Ancient Amber
Spiders with Long Tails Found in Ancient Amber
Jim Daley | Feb 5, 2018
This discovery closes a 170-million-year gap in the fossil record.
Image of the Day: Rainbow Butt
Image of the Day: Rainbow Butt
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 4, 2018
Scientists explore why male peacock spiders are so colorful. 
Animal Analgesics
Animal Analgesics
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2018
A cornucopia of toxins in the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for novel painkillers, but so far, effective drugs have proven elusive.
 
Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues
Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
Arachnids harbor a plentiful array of molecules that target mammalian pain receptors.
Insect Cuticle Aids Spiders’ Traps
Insect Cuticle Aids Spiders’ Traps
Sandhya Sekar | Jun 2, 2017
Prey stick to orb-weaver spider webs because their waxy outer layers mesh with spider silk to form a matrix glue.
Image of the Day: Better Be . . . Gryffindor!
Image of the Day: Better Be . . . Gryffindor!
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.