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Mar. 6, 2017 — Three species and three genera of birdeater spiders are described as new to science. In a new study, Brazilian spider experts report the diversity of the oldest tarantula genus, whose name derives ... read more

Tick 'Cement' as a Potential Bioadhesive for Human Tissue

Feb. 20, 2017 — Ticks are well known for their ability to anchor themselves firmly to the skin, so that they can suck blood for several days. This anchoring mechanism is so effective because it is based on a ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A retired entomologist and two dermatologists who specialize in treating brown recluse bites have co-authored a just-published paper that describes expressions of skin conditions that are often ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — The unique spinning technique used by the venomous American brown recluse spider could inspire scientific developments and improve materials used in space travel, suggest ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — For hundreds of millions of years, ticks have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. But no one has ever looked at ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — Inspired by the hair of blue tarantulas, researchers have made a 3-D printed structural-colored material that has a viewing angle of 160 degrees, the largest of any synthetic structural colors ... read more

LED Lighting Could Have Major Impact on Wildlife

Feb. 6, 2017 — LED street lighting can be tailored to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new ... read more

Spider Silk Demonstrates Spider Man-Like Abilities

Jan. 31, 2017 — Spider silk offers new inspiration for developments in artificial muscle technology. The silk of the Ornithoctonus Huwena spider demonstrates impressive weight-lifting abilities with efficient, ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Biologist discovers unique visual diversities for rare color vision in two groups of jumping ... read more

Researchers Produce Artificial Spider Silk by Mimicking the Procedure of Spiders

Jan. 24, 2017 — Researchers are involved has developed a bioinspired method that for the first time will allow researchers to spin artificial silk fibers as spiders do and to efficiently produce kilometers of ... read more

Australia's Most Lethal? Insects Pose Biggest Health Threat, Analysis Shows

Jan. 17, 2017 — An Australian-first national analysis of 13 years' data on bites and stings from venomous creatures reveals Australia's towns and cities are a hot-spot for encounters. The ... read more

How 'Stealth Warrior' Bacteria Turn a Tick's Gut Microbes Against Itself

Jan. 16, 2017 — Before infecting humans, tick-borne bacteria or viruses first have to get past a tick's defenses to colonize it. How this occurs is not well understood. To investigate, researchers studied a ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — When it's hot and not too muggy, Lyme disease-bearing black-legged ticks avoid desiccation by hiding out where people don't tread. Scientists say that's why the illness is rare in the ... read more

Jan. 9, 2017 — Being able to produce artificial spider silk has long been a dream of many scientists, but all attempts have until now involved harsh chemicals and have resulted in fibers of limited use. Now, a team ... read more

Jan. 4, 2017 — A chance meeting between a spider expert and a chemist has led to the development of antibiotic synthetic spider ... read more

Ticks That Carry Lyme Disease Found in Eastern US National Parks

Jan. 3, 2017 — Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national ... read more

Antibiotic Gel Prevents Borreliosis Resulting from Tick Bites

Dec. 20, 2016 — An antibiotic gel based on azithromycin, an antibiotic with antibacterial properties, helps to prevent the onset of Lyme borreliosis following a tick bite, finds new ... read more

Dec. 19, 2016 — Through a new study of the coccobacillus Francisella, researchers are working to use DNA markers to discern related but relatively harmless species as they are identified and to provide a means to ... read more

Dec. 14, 2016 — The sticky fishing lines produced by New Zealand glowworms to trap their insect prey are spaced with water-absorbent droplets containing urea, according to a new ... read more

Dec. 9, 2016 — Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern ... read more

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