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Mar. 26, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a new species of jumping spider from 'Western Ghats' in southern India, one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. The spider, which has been named as ... read more

Mar. 25, 2015 — A new study shows that southern house spiders are making size-related choices about holes and cavities in which to build their ... read more

Mar. 10, 2015 — A new tick species found in Malaysia and Vietnam was recently discovered in the United States National Tick Collection by researchers in ... read more

Mar. 4, 2015 — New research shows that seven compounds of the countless found in spider venom block a key step in the body's ability to pass pain signals to the ... read more

Feb. 25, 2015 — Birds are more important than previously recognized as hosts for Lyme disease-causing bacteria in California. Small mammals have been identified in previous studies as wildlife hosts of the Lyme ... read more

Antifreeze Protein from Ticks Fights Frostbite in Mice

Feb. 25, 2015 — A protein that protects ticks from freezing temperatures also prevents frostbite when introduced in mice, a new study has found. The research is the first to demonstrate the protein's ability to ... read more

Feb. 18, 2015 — That humans and our cities build affect the ecosystem and even drive some evolutionary change is already known. What's new is that these evolutionary changes are happening more quickly than ... read more

Feb. 18, 2015 — In the northeastern United States, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. At the same time, ... read more

Feb. 12, 2015 — Southern European spiders are genetically programmed to prefer harvester ants. Harvester ants are more than just a convenient snack for the southern European spider, Euryopis episinoides. The young ... read more

Feb. 10, 2015 — Incredibly tough, slightly stretchy spider silk is a lightweight, biodegradable wonder material with numerous potential biomedical applications. But although humans have been colonizing relatively ... read more

Lyme Disease Costs Up to $1. 3 Billion Per Year to Treat, Study Finds

Feb. 5, 2015 — New research suggests that a prolonged illness associated with Lyme disease is more widespread and serious in some patients than previously ... read more

Jan. 27, 2015 — A spider commonly found in garden centers in Britain is giving fresh insights into how to spin incredibly long and strong fibers just a few nanometers thick. The majority of spiders spin silk threads ... read more

Jan. 23, 2015 — An unusually elastic protein has been discovered in one of the most ancient groups of animals, the over 600-million-year-old cnidarians. The protein is a part of the "weapons system" that ... read more

Jan. 20, 2015 — A professor's study of silk-weaving ants is promising to change our understanding of how all creatures work together. The study on the behaviour of the ants found the insects could evolve and ... read more

Study Rules out Spiders as Common Cause of Bacterial Infections in Humans

Jan. 6, 2015 — Can spiders be carriers of human pathogens? Can they provoke infection through a break in the skin? A team of scientists has data-mined the history of publications on spider envenomations to conclude ... read more

Jan. 6, 2015 — New research shows rapid evolution has helped to make the venom of black widow spiders so ... read more

Dec. 17, 2014 — Searching for new ways to develop efficient, flexible networks, physicists discovered the designs of spider webs and leaf venation, refined across thousands of years of evolution, are worthy models ... read more

Virus Causing Mass Duck Die-Offs on Cape Cod Identified

Dec. 16, 2014 — Since 1998, hundreds and sometimes thousands of dead eider ducks have been washing up every year on Cape Cod's beaches in late summer or early fall, but the reasons behind these cyclic die-offs ... read more

Dec. 4, 2014 — Scientists have devoted years to study the astounding diversity hidden in the depths of the Xishuangbanna tropical rain forests. One team now reveals 30 new spider species, which constitutes a minor ... read more

Nov. 24, 2014 — Bacteria compete for resources in the environment by injecting deadly toxins into their rivals. Researcher have now discovered that many animals steal toxins from bacteria to fight unwanted microbes ... read more

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