NASA Once Fed Spiders Drugs And Then Watched As The Stoned Bugs Made “Deformed” Webs

A normal web on the left next to a web made by a spider on LSD
NASA Once Fed Spiders Drugs And Then Watched As The Stoned Bugs Made "Deformed" Webs

NASA once fed spiders drugs like LSD and marijuana and then watched as the stoned bugs made “deformed” webs. The space agency published the results of its bizarre experiment in 1995 – and they were as fascinating as you’d expect. Continue reading »

Giant Spider Webs Weave Through Jerusalem Forest

Giant Spider Webs Weave Through Jerusalem Forest
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Giant spider webs, spun by long-jawed spiders (Tetragnatha), cover sections of the vegetation along the Soreq creek bank, near Jerusalem. Continue reading »

Meet This Colorful Australian Peacock Spider

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Several new species of peacock spider – just a few millimetres long and featuring extraordinary colours – have been discovered in Western Australia and South Australia. Jürgen Otto, a biologist from Sydney, has been researching the arachnids since 2005, and has gained a significant following online with his footage. He believes there are now 48 confirmed species of peacock spider within the Maratus genus, found across Australia but particularly in Western Australia – and many more awaiting confirmation. Here: Maratus Tasmanicus, one of seven new species of peacock spiders studied and photographed by the Sydney biologist Jürgen Otto. Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Spider-Man

Photo of the Day: Spider-Man

Sao Doan, 5 years old, watched as her mother took a photo of Merrill Hunt, dressed as Spider-Man, washing windows at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., Thursday. Three window cleaners dressed up for the day. (Cherie Diez/Tampa Bay Times/Zuma Press)

World’s Largest Textile Created from Golden Spider Silk Dazzles

A four-metre-long woven textile made from the silk of more than a million female Golden Orb spiders collected from the highlands of Madagascar is on display at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London. The hand-woven brocaded textile, which is on display at the museum till June 5, 2012, is naturally golden in colour and took over four years to create.

It will be shown together with a new golden cape, currently being woven and embroidered in Madagascar, which will go on public display for the very first time at the V&A. The clothes have reportedly been made by Englishman Simon Peers, who lives in Madagascar, and American Nicholas Godley, and are the only large textiles in the world to have been made from spider silk.

World's Largest Textile Created from Golden Spider Silk Dazzles
Yellow woven spider silk cape. Continue reading »