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  • Man Has Both Legs Amputated After White-Tailed Spider Bite

    04/04/2017 1:28:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    smh.com ^ | Anthony Piovesan
    A Melbourne man could end up losing all four of his limbs after suffering a bite from a white-tailed spider. Terry Pareja was visiting relatives at Birchip, Victoria, and was unaware he was bitten on his right leg until it began to swell 24 hours later and caused him to walk with a limp. There was no doctor available on the weekend at Birchip, so he was forced to wait until Monday to seek medical advice. After a visit to his sister's doctor Mr Pareja was rushed to Wimmera Base Hospital in Horsham, Victoria and had emergency surgery to amputate...
  • Man on LSD calls police, says spider gave birth in his stomach

    03/07/2017 8:30:25 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 48 replies
    rtv6 ^ | Mar 6, 2017 | Staff
    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - A Facebook post from an Ohio police department about a call they got from a man on drugs is going viral because of the bizarre nature of the call. According to the South Euclid Police Department, a 19-year-old man called just before 9 p.m. last Thursday, saying he swallowed a pregnant spider that had given birth in his stomach.
  • 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.
  • Watch a Giant Spider Drag a Mouse

    10/25/2016 7:03:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 24, 2016 | Brian Clark Howard
    Just in time for Halloween, video has emerged from Australia that may chill your blood. Facebook user Jason Womal uploaded video of a giant spider dragging a mouse. "So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 [12:30 am] and me neighbour says, 'You want to see something cool,'" Womal wrote. "So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse."
  • Tarantula Mating Season Invades Stanford Dish

    10/18/2016 8:13:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 10/18 | Peggy Bunker
    Hikers at the popular Stanford Dish are spending more keeping their eyes down due to an influx of spiders in the area. The tarantula mating season is in full swing, with male arachnids on the prowl searching for mates. Wildlife experts said the tarantulas are harmless to humans, but warn the spiders do have fangs and carry poison. California's historic drought may have contributed to a higher number of the giant spiders this year. The tarantula mating season will end by the end of October.
  • Fear of spiders in our DNA, according to new study

    07/14/2016 11:29:54 PM PDT · by SpaceBar · 67 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 05 Apr 2015 | Martin Evans
    A fear of spiders could be something we are born with rather than something we learn, according to a new scientific study. Research suggests that arachnophobia could be sown into our DNA as a result of survival instincts developed by our ancestors millions of years ago in Africa. The research suggests that spiders presented such a powerful threat to the survival of the first humans that the ability to spot them became an evolutionary necessity. more at link...
  • New 'Johnny Cash' Tarantula Uproots Spider Family Tree (14 new species found in U.S.)

    02/04/2016 8:56:25 PM PST · by dayglored · 81 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Feb 4, 2016 | Michael Greshko
    A challenging, years-long survey has uncovered 14 new species of U.S. tarantula, including one named after Johnny Cash. Some, like Aphonopelma madera, live on forested "sky islands," mountains surrounded on all sides by Arizona's deserts. Others, like the tiny Aphonopelma atomicum, nestle themselves in silk-lined burrows near Nevada's nuclear test sites. And Aphonopelma johnnycashi, named for the legendary country musician, makes its home near Folsom Prison, California. True to form, adult males are mostly black, a getup of which Cash--the Man in Black--would have no doubt been proud. (Also see "New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon.") To uncover...
  • Bridge in Ohio capital is infested with thousands of spiders

    10/23/2015 3:05:47 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    AP via .newstimes.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | staff reporter
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Main Street bridge in Ohio's capital might appear to be decked out for Halloween, but officials say the extensive webs spotted by motorists at night are real.
  • Spiders Ingest Nanotubes, Then Weave Silk Reinforced with Carbon

    05/07/2015 2:27:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    Spiders sprayed with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes have produced the toughest fibers ever measured, say materials scientists. Spider silk is one of the more extraordinary materials known to science. The protein fiber, spun by spiders to make webs, is stronger than almost anything that humans can make. The dragline silk spiders use to make a web’s outer rim and spokes is amazing stuff. It matches high-grade alloy steel for tensile strength but is about a sixth as dense. It is also highly ductile, sometimes capable of stretching to five times its length. This combination of strength and...
  • 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...
  • Newly discovered arthropod fossil swam in Cambrian seas

    03/30/2015 9:55:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    AOL ^ | March 29th 2015 | unattributed
    Paleontologists have discovered the fossilized remains of a new arthropod. Yawunik kootenayi was swimming around oceans in Canada in the Cambrian period, 508 million years ago. It's thought to share a common ancestor with today's spiders and scorpions. The arthropod had four eyes and arms lined with both tiny claws to help it feed, and long antennae to sense its surroundings. The study's lead author says species today don't have limbs that function like that. "This dual function is very, very special, because it does not appear in modern forms. If you take insects as an example, they have a...
  • Spiders Have Always Been Spiders

    03/23/2015 7:21:04 AM PDT · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-19-2015 | Frank Sherwin
    Spiders Have Always Been Spiders by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * A University of California Berkley graduate student has discovered two beautiful new species of peacock spiders in southeast Queensland, Australia.1 The student, Madeline Girard, named the two colorful creatures "Sparklemuffin" and "Skeletorus," both of the genus Maratus. They are noted for their ornate mating dances that many viewers find amusing. Are these splendid specimens highly evolved species or have spiders always been spiders?
  • Giant Ocean Arthropod Rivals Largest in History

    03/11/2015 12:36:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ross Pomeroy
    A trio of paleontologists has announced the discovery of a fossil belonging to a new species of ancient arthropod that rivals the largest ever found. They detail their finding in Wednesday's publication of the journal Nature. Hundreds of millions of years ago, arthropods, which include modern-day spiders, insects, and crustaceans, were much larger, and we're not talking the size of a small dog. An extinct millipede called Arthropleura reached up to 8.5 feet in length, making it the largest land invertebrate ever known to exist. Jaekelopterus rhenaniae, which extended 8.2 feet, dwelled in the water (pictured right).
  • Snake vs spider smackdown! The moment a giant red-back LIFTS an eastern brown

    03/02/2015 6:42:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 2, 2015 | Daniel Piotrowski
    This is the moment one of Australia's deadliest creatures found itself at the mercy of yet another of the nation's venomous killers. A Victorian farmer was astonished to find an enormous red-back spider had lifted an eastern brown snake off the ground and 'hurled it' into its web under one of the family's car at the weekend. 'It's just mindboggling,' said Neale Postlethwaite, a farmer of 20 years from Gooroc, north of Melbourne. 'I can't believe it was actually able to stop it and then hurl it up backwards into its nest.'
  • ‘This is why we check our shoes’: The horrifying pictures of spiders in footwear.....

    12/11/2014 8:45:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 78 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | 11 December 2014 | Heather Mcnab for Daily Mail Australia
    FULL TITLE: ‘This is why we check our shoes’: The horrifying pictures of spiders in footwear, children’s trampolines and car seats that are turning U.S. travellers off Australia Emerging from shoes, lying undetected in toilets, waiting patiently in cars and on walls, native wildlife has earned Australia the tag of a country brimming with deadly creatures. In many cases, this reputation is well-earned, with countless cases of bites, stings, and close encounters with the nation's creepiest of crawlies. Images of the poisonous and many-legged creatures have started to pack a frightful punch overseas, with many US citizens expressing their fear...
  • Hobo Spider Bites Might Not Be So Toxic After All

    05/04/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Discovery ^ | Agata Blaszczak
    Whether the bites of the hobo spider are toxic to people has been a matter of scientific debate, but a new study suggests the spider's venom may be less harmful than many people think. With black widows and brown recluse spiders, hobo spiders are listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the three venomous spiders that can be found in the United States, that can be dangerous. In some cases, hobo spider bites have caused necrosis, which is the death of cells or tissue, according to a 1996 report from the CDC. However, researchers have...
  • Magnetic Spider Webs Attract Scientists' Attention (article)

    01/29/2014 10:48:00 AM PST · by fishtank · 10 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 1-29-2014 | Brian Thomas
    Magnetic Spider Webs Attract Scientists' Attention by Brian Thomas, M.S. * No, it’s not science fiction—it’s real. Spider webs use electricity to snare prey, and researchers recently discovered an added environmental benefit from these arachnids’ masterful constructions. Electrical properties within the glue-like coating on a spider web alter the magnetic field around it. When potential prey flies nearby, the web snaps out and tags its target like a tiny magnet. The web is negatively or neutrally charged, while insect bodies often carry a positive charge. In 2013, researchers found that spider webs snare positively charged insects with greater efficiency than...
  • Peacock Spider Dances to YMCA

    12/29/2013 11:54:37 AM PST · by navysealdad · 11 replies
    The Peacock spider or Gliding spider (Maratus volans) is a species of jumping spider.
  • Family forced to flee home after deadly spiders start hatching out of bananas

    11/05/2013 8:45:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Metro.co.uk ^ | November 4, 2013 | Metro
    A family had to move into a hotel and fumigate their home after deadly South American spiders began hatching out of a bunch of Sainsbury’s bananas. Terrified Consi Taylor, 29, said she saw something that looked like mould on a Colombian Fairtrade banana she was eating. However, on closer inspection she said she saw some ‘funny looking spots’ and realised something was wrong. ‘I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet. I was so scared I started crying,’ she told The Sun. Sainsbury’s...
  • The Angolan Witch Spider, Sequestration And The Government Shutdown

    10/22/2013 11:13:28 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/22/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There is the recent internet sensation (not Miley Cyrus) … the Angolan Witch Spider! Allegedly, it feasts on dogs and cats and took several gunshots to kill. And was found in Texas. Sure-You-Want-To-Move-To-Florida The reality is less interesting. The photo was a fake. Here is the actual photo of the spider in question. Wolfie-(1)-c-2012-Paul-Santa-Maria-(Proof) Remember the dreaded “sequester?” Allegedly, 2.14 million jobs were at risk. And the Federal government partial shutdown? Allegedly, 700,000 jobs were at risk in the Greater Washington DC area. Here is the September 2013 unemployment number for Washington DC and Arlington VA: 5.40%. True, the unemployment...