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May 24, 2016

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May 24, 2016

Dramatically Dynamic Genomic Evolution of a Mighty Mite

Mar. 10, 2016 — Sequencing and comparative analysis of the genome of the Western Orchard predatory mite has revealed intriguingly-extreme genomic evolutionary dynamics through an international research effort. In a ... read more

Mar. 7, 2016 — Warthogs living in Uganda have learned to rid themselves of annoying ticks by seeking out the grooming services of some accommodating neighbors: a group of mongooses looking for ... read more

Mar. 1, 2016 — Researchers have found habitats suitable for lone star tick populations in Kansas are ... read more

Feb. 29, 2016 — Secret codes and hidden messages aren't just for computer security experts or kids passing notes in class -- animals use them too. The telltale red hourglass of the black widow spider appears ... read more

Feb. 23, 2016 — After a burst of work in the 1980s, it was believed that science had a sound understanding of the evolution of spiders. However, in a new study employing cutting edge bioinformatics and next ... read more

Feb. 17, 2016 — Eight new whip spider species have been found in the Brazilian Amazon, almost doubling the number of known charinid whip spider species in ... read more

Arachnophobes Overestimate Spider Sizes, Say Researchers

Feb. 16, 2016 — Although individuals with both high and low arachnophobia rated spiders as highly unpleasant, only the highly fearful participants overestimated the spider size, say authors of a new ... read more

Light Used to Measure the 'Big Stretch' in Spider Silk Proteins

Feb. 15, 2016 — While working to improve a tool that measures the pushes and pulls sensed by proteins in living cells, biophysicists say they've discovered one reason spiders' silk is so elastic: Pieces of ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Scientists have sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North ... read more

Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species That Causes Lyme Disease

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people has been identified by researchers. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The tarantula, named after the famous singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, is only one of fourteen spider species recently discovered in the southwestern United States. This new discovery nearly doubles ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — Latest research reveals why geckos are the largest animals able to scale smooth vertical walls -- even larger climbers would require unmanageably large sticky footpads. Scientists estimate that a ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to new ... read more

Spider Web Research Shows Promise for Noninvasive Genetic Sampling

Jan. 12, 2016 — Using web samples from black widow spiders fed with crickets, researchers have successfully used DNA samples to identify both the spider and the species of its ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — Backyard chickens may live a sweeter life than chickens on commercial poultry farms, but roaming green grass and scratching real dirt exposes these birds to a different suite of parasites than those ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — From unknown African frogs to electric rays and animal viruses, spanning five continents and three oceans, the Academy's 102 new species discoveries add to Earth's tree of ... read more

Female Spider That Cannibalizes Her Male Suitors Just Testing Their Worth, Study Finds

Dec. 16, 2015 — The female raft spider -- often accused of indiscriminate aggression for cannibalizing her potential suitors -- is actually testing the worth of her mates, a new study ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — Inter-annual variation in climate has stronger effects on predators such as spiders than populations of their detritivorous prey, such as isopods, according to new research. This leads to changes in ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Learning to distinguish the color red means jumping spiders can stay alive longer and eat pests ranging from caterpillars to beetles to flies, many of which damage agricultural products. Jumping ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — Having been attacked, paralysed and implanted with a wasp egg to its belly, a wolf spider carries on with its ordinary life. At least, until it is time for the larva to reach out for its first solid ... read more

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