Scientists in the Field

Spiders Sighted Hatching from Silkhenge!

  “Spider silk can be stronger than steel and even stronger than Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests.” This quick excerpt from Stronger Than Steel, by Bridget Heos and with photographs by Andy Comins, highlights just one way spider silk is so remarkable–and why … Read more

New Species Alert!

Here’s a riddle for you: What walks on six legs but has an extra pair of extendable legs that stretch to check surroundings and hunt prey? Well, eight new species of arachnids that feature “a pair of elongated whiplike legs that … Read more

Weather Update: Cloudy with a Chance of Spiders

As Sy Montgomery writes in The Tarantula Scientist, “Spiders offer a close-up look at some of nature’s most dramatic moments. Without leaving your own backyard—and probably without even leaving your house—you can see an amazing amount of spider action.” And nothing … Read more

You’ll flip over this newly discovered spider of the Sahara!

We’ve long known that spiders are more than the stuff of nightmares. This newly discovered variety found in Morocco is quite the acrobat!

A Spider Story for Fans of STRONGER THAN STEEL

Arachnophobics, beware! I wanted to share this story from Wired magazine about scientists doing some spider-hunting in the Amazon to find out what creature was making web-towers and why. Do not read before bed!  

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