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  • First images from Lockheed's experimental, telescope-shrinking SPIDER

    08/05/2017 2:08:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 8/3/17 | David Szondy
    First images from Lockheed's experimental, telescope-shrinking SPIDER David Szondy August 3, 2017 Cross cut view of a SPIDER array (Credit: Lockheed Martin) View gallery - 3 images If asked to think of a telescope, most people will picture a long tube with a lens at either end. But a new experimental optical instrument developed by Lockheed Martin could usher in ultra-thin devices that weigh 90 percent less than typical telescopes while providing equivalent resolution. The first images captured by the Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-Optical Reconnaissance (SPIDER) have now been revealed. Lockheed Martin today released the first images from...
  • Monster spider the size of DINNER PLATE traps terrified couple inside their home

    07/27/2017 8:36:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | 27th July 2017 | By Tom Towers
    The fearsome arachnid – nicknamed Aragog – was snapped by Lauren Ansell in Queensland, Australia. Laura and her partner could not access their barbecue as the huge huntsman spider was blocking the back door. She said it reacted badly when they tried to move it from the glass on Sunday night. Laura said: “(The spider) was preventing us from using our barbecue. “We made it unhappy as we tried to move it so we could cook. “My boyfriend tried to squish it in the door but the spider was smart. “The door only claimed two of its legs and it...
  • A four-hour erection and then death: The fate awaiting any man bitten by deadly spider

    07/27/2017 6:09:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 24 June 2015 | By Gemma Mullin
    A family have been left terrified after fearing one the world's deadliest spiders has taken residence in their home after entering Britain in a bunch of bananas. Michaela Egan, 24, from Rainham, Essex, noticed a suspicious white spider cocoon on a bunch she bought had from her local Tesco four days earlier and took a picture of it. She posted the image on her Facebook page and friends suggested it could be a Brazilian wandering spider, whose venom gives male victims a painful four-hour erection before killing them. The mother-of-two immediately put it in a sealed bag and returned it...
  • Redback v snake: Extraordinary moment a spider takes on a brown serpent caught in its web [tr]

    02/15/2017 10:57:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Nelson Groom
    It is nature’s David versus Goliath battle – a redback spider squaring off with a much larger brown snake. Extraordinary footage has surfaced of the moment the spider won a duel to the death with a reptile who slithered too close to its web. The vision of the two deadly creatures has made a splash on social media, where commenters voiced their astonishment at the underdog victory.
  • Woman Totals Her Car When She Finds Spider on Rearview Mirror

    09/22/2016 5:53:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | 21 Sep 2016
    An eight-legged passenger caused a rollover crash Wednesday in Portland, Oregon that totaled a car, according to local authorities. The driver lost control after a spider fell from the rearview mirror, causing her to panic and swerve off the road into a ditch, reported news station WSBT.
  • Email 'Arachnophobes love them': Sydney scientist's 'adorable' spider discovery

    05/27/2016 11:46:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    A Sydney scientist has discovered seven new species of peacock spiders — a tiny and colourful arachnid that lurks in scrub and bushland across southern Australia. Key points: The spectacular creatures are found all over Australia Scientist believes there are now 48 confirmed species of spider Their movements and colours help attract females The man who made the discovery, Jurgen Otto, said he believed even the most extreme arachnophobes would be enchanted by the beauty of the creatures, which are just a few millimetres in length. Audio: Listen to Jake Sturmer's story on AM (AM) "They're just absolutely incredible. People...
  • SPIDER! Scream!!!!

    05/19/2016 9:33:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | May 19 2016 | wowk
    Bryan Hughes just couldn't handle this spider. video only on link
  • 'Hey everyone!': Spider-Man finally makes his entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in [tr]

    03/10/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2016 | Ross McDonough
    It's the moment all Marvel fans have been waiting for. Spider-Man has finally made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the final trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Released on Thursday, the new two-and-a-half minute clip closes with the much anticipated face-off between Chris Evans' Cap and Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man.
  • Spider Kills Snake in a Battle Between Australia’s Deadly Animals

    02/12/2016 1:29:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The National ^ | February 12, 2016
    A spindly spider took on a brown snake and won in an Australian bush battle of deadly animals. Farmer Patrick Lees, from Weethalle about 400 kilometres west of Sydney, said he found the spindly-looking 'daddy-long-legs' spider with the snake on Saturday. 'The snake was already dead, I made sure of that before I took the photo,' he said about the snake which is known for its deadly venom.
  • Terrified neighbours call police to 'domestic dispute' - but find man alone screaming at SPIDER

    11/28/2015 1:54:46 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 242 replies
    Mirror [UK] ^ | 26 Nov 2015 | Ruth Halkon
    Terrified neighbours phoned the police after hearing a woman screaming hysterically and a man yelling: “I’m going to kill you”. But when officers arrived at the address they discovered the flat's sole occupant had been trying to catch a SPIDER . The shamefaced man admitted he had been shouting death threats at the arachnid and had been the person behind the high pitched screaming. According to New South Wales police in Australia, they received multiple calls about the sound of crashing furniture and a man screaming: “I’m going to kill you, you're dead! Die Die!!”.
  • Man starts gas station blaze trying to kill spider with lighter

    09/29/2015 9:24:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 99 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | September 30, 2015 | Taryn Asher
    CENTER LINE, Mich. - A man tried to kill a spider at a gas station using a lighter causing a dangerous fire. Using a lighter to kill the bug, he started a blaze that quickly engulfed the gas pump.
  • Spiders sprayed with carbon nanotubes spin superstrong webs

    05/06/2015 8:29:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-06-2015 | by Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers working in Italy has found that simply spraying a spider with a carbon nanotube solution can cause the spider to spin stronger webs. In their paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes their experiments with both graphene and nanotube solutions and what happened when they sprayed it on ordinary spiders. As the researchers note, while silk production using silkworms has been quite successful, doing the same to harvest silk from spiders has not, (because of their territorial traits, the complex nature of the silk they make and their cannibalistic tendencies) which...
  • Andrew Garfield may be booted from Spider-Man movie series, according to the latest Sony email leaks

    12/15/2014 7:25:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Decemebr 15, 2014 | Ollie Gilaman
    Actor Andrew Garfield may be booted from the Spider-Man movie series, according to the latest revelation from hacked emails at Sony. The correspondence reveals that Sony - which was reportedly already not happy with Garfield - might give up the franchise to comic book giant Marvel. It is believed that Marvel would prefer to start the series from scratch, putting Garfield's role as Peter Parker, which he has played in two movies, in jeopardy.
  • Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest

    10/18/2014 10:38:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    LiveScience ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tanya Lewis
    Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat. "When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing," said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider... (click image to enlarge)
  • Massive spider infestation drives family from home

    10/10/2014 5:45:29 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 46 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | staff
    Spiders have claimed ownership of one home in Missouri and turned it into a real-life house of horrors. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in 2007, Brian and Susan Trost bought a 2,400-square-foot ranch home in Weldon Spring. The home, built in 1988, has golf course views and was purchased for $450,000. Shortly after taking ownership of the home, the Trosts began to see the spiders. Everywhere. In civil trial testimony, Susan claims to have seen live spiders on light fixtures, window blinds, air registers, behind loose wallpaper in the kitchen and in the basement’s bar area. Spider skeletons fell...
  • Spider-dog sends unsuspecting victims fleeing in absolute terror

    09/05/2014 10:56:49 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 September 2014 | Annabel Grossman for MailOnline
    Being chased by a giant mutant spider is enough to send most people into a fit of terror. So it's not surprising that this pooch caused quite a stir when she was let loose disguised as a terrifying eight-legged beast. Chica the DogSpider is the work of Polish prankster Sylwester Wardega, who dressed up his pooch in the fur-covered costume before releasing her on an unsuspecting public. A hilarious video, which has had more than three million views on YouTube in just one day, shows the hairy creature lurking behind doorways, ready to pounce on its victims.
  • Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint

    07/17/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    KOMO News.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | KOMO Staff
    Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint SEATTLE -- Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames. Fire crews were called to a home in the 10200 block of 34th Avenue SW just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Firefighters originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure....
  • Woman 'Burns Down House' trying to kill Spider

    06/29/2014 5:58:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 115 replies
    A WOMAN has been arrested after burning down part of her home in an attempt to kill a spider, police say.Ginny Griffith, 34, used a cigarette lighter to set fire to some towels after seeing the arachnid in her bathroom. But as the blaze spread, five fire trucks were called to her apartment in Hutchinson, Kansas, US at around 1.36am (local time) on Friday morning to put out the inferno. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within a matter of minutes. Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said in a statement that firefighters had found smoke coming from...
  • Ancient Spider Rock Art Sparks Archaeological Mystery

    12/21/2013 8:34:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    LiveScience ^ | December 20, 2013 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists have discovered a panel containing the only known example of spider rock art in Egypt and, it appears, the entire Old World. The rock panel, now in two pieces, was found on the west wall of a shallow sandstone wadi, or valley, in the Kharga Oasis, located in Egypt's western desert about 108 miles (175 kilometers) west of Luxor. Facing east, and illuminated by the morning sun, the panel is a "very unusual" find, said Egyptologist Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo who co-directs the North Kharga Oasis Survey Project. The identification of the creatures...
  • World's Biggest Spider Explained

    11/01/2013 10:48:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 31, 2013 | Carrie Arnold
    In a world where even the smallest spiders can provoke a fearful shriek, Theraphosa blondi takes scare tactics to a whole new level. This South American tarantula holds the record for world's largest spider. Other spiders might have longer legs, but T. blondi's large body means its overall weight can reach 6 ounces (170 grams).Commonly known as the Goliath birdeater due to an 18th-century engraving showing another member of the tarantula family eating a hummingbird--which gave the entire Theraphosa genus the nickname of "bird eaters"--the gargantuan spider is not quite as menacing as it might seem.