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  • 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 · 42 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.
  • How FOUR cops rushed to kill spider in wheelchair-bound teen's home.....

    08/31/2013 4:22:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 107 replies
    FULL TITLE: How FOUR cops rushed to kill spider in wheelchair-bound teen's home after she called 911 fearing it could have killed her Police in Portland, Oregon, received an unusual call earlier this month when a teenager phoned requesting assistance to deal with a ‘massive’ spider. The caller, Makenna Sewell, wasn’t a prankster or someone with an extreme phobia of spiders, but instead suffers from muscular dystrophy and is wheelchair-bound. She believed the spider was a brown recluse, a species with venom so toxic that it could have been deadly for her compromised immune system. Scroll down for video Sewell...
  • Chris Christie under fire from PETA for killing a SPIDER in front of fourth graders

    05/05/2013 9:55:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | May 4, 2013 | Nina Golgowski
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking heat from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after he killing a spider on his desk in front of a class of fourth graders. In a video titled, 'Governor Christie Saves School Children From Spider,' his fearless spider-swatting skills are witnessed to cheers from his daughter, Bridget’s classmates after it caused a commotion on his desk. He tells the children after delivering it a quick slap by his palm that it's just one of the many perks of being governor. 'Any bugs on your desk you're allowed to kill them...
  • Bat-eating spiders are everywhere, study finds

    03/18/2013 10:33:22 AM PDT · by algernon_garnock · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-18-2013 | Charles Choi
    There's only one place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say. Bats rank among the most successful groups of mammals, with the more than 1,200 species of bats comprising about one-fifth of all mammal species. Other than owls, hawks and snakes, bats have few natural enemies. Still, invertebrates — creatures without backbones — have been known to dine on bats. For instance, giant centipedes in a cave in Venezuela were seen killing and eating bats, and the arachnids known as whip spiders were spotted feeding...
  • A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years

    10/09/2012 2:04:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    IO9 ^ | October 9, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years Paleontologists have discovered beautifully preserved species trapped in amber before — but this one is extraordinary. It features a parasitic wasp that has become ensnared in a spider's web, with the owner bearing down on it for an attack. But just before the spider was about to have its meal, a drop of resin flowed down from above, freezing the moment in time. Researchers date the scene to the Early Cretaceous between 97 to 110 million years ago in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar — a...
  • Tiny spider is a big roadblock

    10/02/2012 6:07:09 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 15 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 8 September 2012 | Vianna Davila
    It's the eight-legged discovery of the millennium! An endangered species of spider not seen in more than three decades unexpectedly appeared in Northwest San Antonio two weeks ago. Biologists and science buffs, rejoice. There's just one downside if you're an area commuter: The spider, no bigger than a dime, showed up in the middle of a $15.1 million highway underpass project on Texas 151 at Loop 1604. And in this particular case of nature vs. man-made road, the arachnid wins. The highway project is on hold indefinitely. SNIP . . . No other spiders have been spotted in the hole...
  • Spider halts highway project - Lefties cheer

    09/13/2012 7:44:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    September 13, 2012
    A rare spider has caused a San Antonio highway construction project to be shut down - because of the Endangered Species Act. People on our side of the fence are properly upset. Here are a couple threads: Blind Spider Discovery Halts Development Of Texas HighwayRare spider found in Texas shuts down $15M million construction project Needless to say, the neo-Marxist freaks on the other side are overjoyed. I found an article at The Huffington Post. I scrolled down to read the comments and almost threw up: Wow.....I cannot believe that they are doing that.......It is great........ Oh, man, I can...
  • Blind Spider Discovery Halts Development Of Texas Highway

    09/12/2012 6:59:41 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 32 replies
    Red Orbit ^ | 10 September 2012 | Lawrence LeBlond
    What has eight legs, is no bigger than a dime, and can stop a $15-million-dollar highway construction project? Why of course, it’s a Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver! It seems the San Antonio, Texas underpass project was halted when the rare spider was discovered after rain exposed a 6-foot-deep natural hole in a highway median at Texas 151 and Loop 1604. The endangered arachnid, which had not been seen in more than 30 years, gave biologists a chance to rejoice for the chance discovery.While the find is a significant one for science, area commuters will likely not be pleased as the...
  • Houston gets a superhero - a clone of Spider-Man

    01/06/2012 9:17:51 AM PST · by Thunderballer · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 4, 2012 | Lana Berkowitz
    Scarlet Spider swings into Houston just in time to tangle with supervillains lurking in the shadows of the Texas metropolis. Consider yourself lucky if you have never seen the evil Salamander, who can generate and control fire. Scarlet Spider is the star of a new Marvel Universe comic-book series that launches Wednesday with events at 8th Dimension Comics & Games and Alamo Draft House at West Oaks Mall. Scarlet Spider/Kaine, a clone of Spider-Man, has a villainous past and is on the run to Mexico when life happens, said writer Christopher Yost, and Kaine stops in Houston. Yost of Los...
  • The wood spider. Brief wildlife documentary.

    10/17/2011 5:30:35 AM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 8 replies
    sonic pickle ^ | 12/9/09 | sonic pickle
    Brief wildlife documentary featuring the wood spider.
  • This is bullet-proof human skin – made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really.

    08/15/2011 9:47:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    io9 ^ | 8/15/11 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    This is bullet-proof human skin - made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really. Jalila Essaidi is testing the limits of human endurance, and it starts by having to milk spider-goats. Spider goats are otherwise innocent-looking goats that have been genetically engineered to produce milk packed with the protein made in spider's silk. (There is no definitive proof that this also gives them a propensity to skitter up walls or hide out in your sock drawer, but I think it does.) Once the goats are milked, Essaidi spins the protein into fiber that is ten times stronger than steel,...
  • Man dies after suffering 19 Black Widow spider bites

    07/22/2011 1:08:15 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 82 replies
    FOX 31 Denver ^ | July 21, 2011
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- A man from Erie, Colo. died after getting bitten by a black widow spider. Health experts say it's a rare for someone to die from black widow bites. Jeff Seale, 40, noticed 19 bites on his foot two weeks before he died. His sister says he worked at a horse stable, and she wonders if that's where her brother might've encountered the spider...
  • Deadly Spider Shuts Down German Supermarket

    07/12/2011 10:43:46 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 48 replies
    A supermarket in Germany was evacuated last Friday after a worker reported seeing one of the world's must deadly and vicious spiders -- a Brazilian Wandering Spider -- jump out of a banana crate. The store is due to reopen Monday after it was sprayed with pesticide -- but the beast has not been found.
  • Brown Recluse Spider: Range Could Expand in N. America With Changing Climate

    04/26/2011 1:07:00 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 100 replies
    Science Daily.com ^ | Apr. 23, 2011 | ScienceDaily staff
    ScienceDaily (Apr. 23, 2011) — One of the most feared spiders in North America is the subject a new study that aims to predict its distribution and how that distribution may be affected by climate changes. When provoked, the spider, commonly known as the brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), injects powerful venom that can kill the tissues at the site of the bite. This can lead to a painful deep sore and occasional scarring.
  • Biggest Fossil Spider Found

    04/25/2011 9:25:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 30 replies
    nationalgeographic ^ | April 20, 2011 | Janelle Weaver
    The 165-million-year-old species is a relative of today's large web weavers. The biggest known fossil spider has been found in China, a new study says. Measuring nearly 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) in length, the 165-million-year-old fossil was uncovered in 2005 by farmers in Inner Mongolia (see map)—a region teeming with fossils from the middle Jurassic period. "Compared to all other spider fossils, this one is huge," said study co-author ChungKun Shih, a visiting professor at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. "When I first saw it, I immediately realized that it was very unique not only because of its size,...
  • Largest Fossil Spider Found in Volcanic Ash

    04/21/2011 7:31:32 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 45 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor
    The largest fossil spider uncovered to date once ensnared prey back in the age of dinosaurs, scientists find. The spider, named Nephila jurassica, was discovered buried in ancient volcanic ash in Inner Mongolia, China. Tufts of hairlike fibers seen on its legs showed this 165-million-year-old arachnid to be the oldest known species of the largest web-weaving spiders alive today — the golden orb-weavers, or Nephila, which are big enough to catch birds and bats, and use silk that shines like gold in the sunlight. The fossil was about as large as its modern relatives, with a body one inch (2.5...
  • Spider bite causes four hour erection

    03/08/2011 5:25:19 PM PST · by Red Badger · 158 replies
    Orange News UK ^ | 03-08-2011 | Staff
    Scientists believe a spider could lead to a breakthrough in sexual health after finding a single bite can cause a four hour erection. Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia believe the venom of the Brazilian wandering spider could lead to a new cure for erectile dysfunction. Dr Kenia Nunes, a physiologist at the college, said it works in a different way to Viagra, reports the Daily Mail, "This is good because we know that some patients don't respond to the conventional therapy. This could be an optional treatment for them," she said. Her study, published in the Journal of...
  • Stink Bugs Have Landed:"Has no natural enemies here"-Name the spider that killed the stinkbug

    10/04/2010 9:03:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 1+ views
    "Native to Asia, it was first found in Allentown, Pa., and has no natural enemies here."
  • Man blows himself up trying to kill a spider

    08/31/2010 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies · 3+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 31, 2010 | Laura Roberts
    The 28 year-old suffered severe burns after attacking the arachnid with an aerosol can at his home in Clacton in Essex. The man was summoned by his wife to deal with a spider she had seen scuttling behind the lavatory on Bank Holiday Monday. Not being able to reach it, the man decided to kill it by spraying it with the can. However he was unable to see whether it was dead because the bulb in the bathroom light had blown. At this point he turned to a cigarette lighter to illuminate the room, but in the process ignited the...
  • Woman Loses Breast After Spider Bite

    05/21/2010 12:52:56 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 58 replies · 2,035+ views
    WSBTV.com ^ | Friday, May 21, 2010 | ???
    PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- A Paulding County woman is recovering from major surgery after being bitten by a brown recluse spider at her home. “I would have never known in a million years that a spider could ever do this much damage,” said Victoria Franklin. Franklin was at WellStar Windy Hill Hospital Friday morning, recovering from an April mastectomy. “I didn’t flip out over that. I was glad to be alive,” she said of her surgery. She found out she lost her left breast when the hospital staff told her after she woke up from an 11-day coma. “She said,...
  • Man tries to pay bill with spider drawing

    04/06/2010 6:58:00 PM PDT · by Porterville · 33 replies · 1,378+ views
    NINE MSN ^ | Friday, November 14, 2008 | ninemsn staff
    Below is the complete email conversation that Adelaide man David Thorne claims he had with a utility company chasing payment of an overdue bill. From: Jane Gilles Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.19pm To: David Thorne Subject: Overdue account Dear David, Our records indicate that your account is overdue by the amount of $233.95. If you have already made this payment please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding. Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles From: David Thorne Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.37pm To: Jane Gilles Subject:...
  • Female cannibalistic spiders find males distasteful

    02/22/2010 10:51:30 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 757+ views
    bbc ^ | Matt Walker
    Female sexual cannibals do not find their male partners particularly tasty. Relative to their normal prey, male spiders are not very nutritious, and females only eat their mates if they are starving, researchers have found. That suggests that, among spiders at least, hunger is not the main driving force that compels females to eat their partners after sex. The finding by scientists at Miami University, US is published in the journal Oecologia. Cannibalism is a behaviour that has long intrigued biologists. Males are a less nutritionally balanced food item for females than other prey Spider expert Dr Shawn Wilder Miami...
  • Big Spider Discovered in Disappearing Sand Dunes

    01/11/2010 9:55:38 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 36 replies · 3,986+ views
    livescience ^ | 11 January 2010
    With a lanky legspan of up to nearly a half foot, a newly discovered spider species is the largest among its family of arachnids in the Middle East. The spider, now dubbed Cerbalus aravensis, was discovered in the dunes of the Sands of Samar in the southern Arava region in Israel by a team of biologists from the University of Haifa-Oranim. The scientists say C. aravensis is nocturnal and mostly active during the hottest months of the year. It constructs underground dens that are sealed off with a lifting door made of sand particles that are glued together to camouflage...
  • Creepy Case: Tarantula Shoots Hairs into Owner's Eye

    01/01/2010 8:28:23 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,414+ views
    livescience ^ | 31 December 2009 | Jeanna Bryner
    A creepy case of a man who got tarantula hairs stuck in his eye has doctors advising people to wear eye protection when handling the eight-legged pets. In February 2009, a 29-year-old man visited the St. James's University Hospital in Leeds, England, after enduring three weeks of a red, watery and light-sensitive eye. A dose of antibiotics for what was presumed to be conjunctivitis didn't clear the symptoms. Doctors at the hospital examined the eye under high-magnification lenses and spotted hair-like projections sticking into the cornea of the right eye. "When we looked at this guy's cornea, the clear window...
  • Queensland alert over giant funnel-web sightings

    11/06/2009 2:08:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies · 1,834+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | 7th November 2009 | Brian Williams
    SOUTHEAST Queenslanders should be on the lookout for large black funnel-web spiders as big as an adult hand. As the hot, humid weather arrives, the potentially deadly spiders are on the move, with the first reports of the season this week. Queensland Museum senior curator Robert Raven said yesterday sightings of male funnel-webs had been confirmed at Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland and Mt Glorious, west of Brisbane. With summer temperatures and rain, male funnel-webs would be active until at least March or April. Males often wandered at night searching for females, especially during rain. They are black,...
  • Largest Web-Spinning Spider Found

    10/26/2009 1:23:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 33 replies · 2,381+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | October 21, 2009 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Meet the newest odd couple of the animal kingdom: the giant female and tiny male of the largest web-spinning spider known to science: Nephila komaci. The female of the species has a leg span of up to 5 inches (12 centimeters), while the male—which spends much of its time clambering on its partner's back—barely reaches an inch (2.5 centimeters), a new study says.Part of a well-known group of golden orb-weaver spiders—which can spin webs up to three feet (one meter) wide—N. komaci was first identified in a South African museum collection in 2000. But it wasn't until a 2007 field...
  • Deadly Spider Demands Long Courtship, or Else

    10/22/2009 12:44:36 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 40 replies · 2,106+ views
    discovery ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | Jennifer Viegas
    Females of the Australian redback spider, one of the world's most poisonous spiders and a close relative to the black widow, demand 100 minutes of courting or else they usually cannibalize their male suitors, research finds. Proving that bigger isn't always better in the mating game, the tiniest of males sometimes approach female redbacks after offering the critical 100 minutes of wooing and successfully mate without being eaten, according to the paper in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The study shows that puny males of this species can win at love without exerting much effort and begins...
  • Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague

    09/26/2009 4:23:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 864+ views
    Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague [See URL Video] A spider appeared on Pope Benedict's robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday, disappearing and appearing again.
  • What Kind of Spider is this? (Vanity)

    07/24/2009 8:21:01 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 58 replies · 2,509+ views
    My Own Back Yard
    I believe it's some sort of orb spider, isn't it? Harmless, but good for the garden? Looks huge, but it was about as big as a skinny quarter...beautiful markings though! Here's the original picture:
  • Spider builds life-sized decoys

    07/06/2009 9:40:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 1,213+ views
    bbc ^ | 6 July 2009 | Matt Walker
    There is a species of spider that builds models of itself, which it uses as decoys to distract predators. The spider may be the first example of an animal building a life-size replica of its own body. So believe the scientists who made the discovery, which is published in the journal Animal Behaviour. The arachnid's behaviour also offers one explanation for why many spiders like to decorate their webs with strange-looking ornaments.
  • The Wood Spider - Video - Pretty Dang Funny

    04/09/2009 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 4 replies · 1,347+ views
    Video on site
  • World's Deadliest Spider Found in Whole Foods Produce

    03/20/2009 12:27:54 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 87 replies · 5,388+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2009 | Fox News
    TULSA, Okla. — One of the most deadly spiders in the world has been found in the produce section of a Tulsa grocery store. An employee of Whole Foods Market found the Brazilian Wandering Spider Sunday in bananas from Honduras and managed to catch it in a container. The spider was given to University of Tulsa Animal Facilities director Terry Childs who said this type of spider kills more people than any other.
  • Paraplegic Man Suffers Spider Bite, Walks Again

    03/13/2009 5:25:56 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 66 replies · 2,690+ views
    CBS13 ^ | 3/12/2009 | Mike Dello Stritto
    He's been confined to a wheelchair for 20 years. Now a paraplegic man is walking again. And his doctors call it a miracle. CBS13 went to Manteca to find out how a spider bite helped get him back on his feet. "I closed my eyes and then I was spinning like a flying saucer," explains David Blancarte. A motorcycle accident almost killed David 21 years ago. At the time he might have wished he was dead. "I asked my doctor, "sir what happened?' I can't feel my legs," said David. Ever since, David's been relying on his wheelchair to get...
  • Vegetarian spider

    08/12/2008 8:49:38 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 11 replies · 184+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | Monday, August 11th, 2008 | Susan Milius
    A little eight-legged pickpocket that darts around acacia trees could be the first known vegetarian spider.
  • Woman Claims Middle East Spider in Utah! (Camel Spider)

    07/11/2008 2:39:24 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 72 replies · 4,529+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.11.2008 | UPI
    An Ogden, Utah, woman said she discovered a spider in her home that she believes to be a species native to Iraq and Afghanistan. Lynnelle Carson said she caught the alleged camel spider in the living room of the home she recently moved into with her family, the Ogden Standard-Examiner reported Thursday. I was working in the living room around 2 a.m. and I looked down and thought, 'Hey, there's a camel spider, I've got to catch that,' Carson said. Carson said she learned to recognize the species, which can grow to up to 6 inches long and can...
  • NASA Spots Mysterious 'Spider' on Mercury

    01/31/2008 3:31:16 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 44 replies · 813+ views
    NASA Spots Mysterious 'Spider' on Mercury ^ | 30 January 2008, 3:54 pm ET | Clara Moskowitz
    A whole new side of Mercury has been revealed in pictures taken by NASA's MESSENGER probe, which flew by the tiny planet two weeks ago in the first mission to Mercury in more than three decades. MESSENGER skimmed only 124 miles (200 kilometers) over Mercury's surface on Jan. 14, in the first of three passes it will make before settling into orbit March 18, 2011. The photos, released today, include one of a feature the scientists informally call "the spider," which appears to be an impact crater surrounded by more than 50 cracks in the surface radiating from its center....
  • Spider bite no excuse for rape - Australian court

    11/01/2007 4:38:54 AM PDT · by tips up · 3 replies · 94+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/31/07 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man who kidnapped and raped a woman blamed his actions on a spider, local media reported on Thursday. Philip Spiers pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape, but told a court that the poison from a funnel-web spider bite had left him with a viral illness which led to his actions. But a toxicologist told the New South Wales state District Court there was no medical evidence to suggest a spider bite could be responsible for anger and hatred. Spiers, who kidnapped and raped the woman in 1997, was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years...
  • Pet spider kills its owner[Pets eat body][Germany]

    09/10/2007 3:29:41 PM PDT · by BGHater · 58 replies · 3,159+ views
    The Sun ^ | 07 Sep 2007 | ALLAN HALL
    A MAN who lived in his own “zoo” of lizards and insects was fatally bitten by a pet black widow spider — then eaten by the other creepy-crawlies. Police broke in to Mark Voegel’s apartment to find spider Bettina along with 200 others, several snakes, a gecko lizard called Helmut and several thousand termites had gorged on his body. Neighbours alerted police after becoming alarmed by the stink. And horrified officers were met by a nightmare scene. A police spokesman said: “It was like a horror movie. His corpse was over the sofa. “Giant webs draped him, spiders were all...
  • Oh, what a tangled web

    08/30/2007 5:58:27 AM PDT · by laotzu · 22 replies · 920+ views
    Ft Worth Star Telegram ^ | 8/30/07 | BILL HANNA
    WILLS POINT -- If you hate creepy-crawlies, you might want to avoid Lake Tawakoni State Park, where a 200-yard stretch along a nature trail has been blanketed by a sprawling spider web that has engulfed seven large trees, dozens of bushes and even the weedy ground. But if you hate mosquitoes, you might just love this bizarre web. "At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland," said park Superintendent Donna Garde. "Now it's filled with so many mosquitoes that it's turned a little brown. "There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught...
  • 'Nightmare' Spider Rescued From L.I. Home

    08/18/2007 9:24:45 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 24 replies · 704+ views
    WNBC (NY) ^ | 8/17/07 | n/a
    SMITHTOWN, N.Y. -- An orange tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued by animal cruelty officials Friday after its owner said he could no longer care for it. "This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He said the spider is moody and aggressive, and can jump 3 feet and bite with its large fangs when it rears up on its hind legs. The bites are dangerous to humans. The spider, known as an ornate golden baboon, has a fat body 5...
  • WIREWALKER

    08/17/2007 10:57:25 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 6 replies · 400+ views
    self | August 17, 2007 | swampsniper
    This female Argiope has a web on the trellis for the climbing roses. She had just chased a male Argiope to the edge of the web and was returning to the center. Romance is risky, if you're an Argiope!
  • Itsy Bitsy Earache Turns Into Arachnid Infestation

    05/06/2007 9:04:40 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 80 replies · 2,606+ views
    FOX News/AP ^ | May 06, 2007
    <p>A 9-year-old boy who complained of an earache was a little surprised when the doctor told him that a pair of spiders had tried to make a home out of him.</p> <p>"They were walking on my eardrums," said Jesse Courtney.</p>