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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Area Orbiter Spots ‘Hairy Blue Spider’ on Mars

Area Orbiter Spots ‘Hairy Blue Spider’ on Mars

A feature on Mars that looks like a very hairy spider was likely caused by the convergence of hundreds or even thousands of tornadoes. Credit: ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO David Bowie sang about his sci-fi persona Ziggy Stardust performing with the Spiders from Mars, and now it turns out there's a "spider" on Mars…
21 Absolutely Sweet Spider Superlatives

21 Absolutely Sweet Spider Superlatives

It doesn't seem possible that much of anything lives in Oymyakon, Russia, much less spiders. But 55 different species call this tiny, insanely frigid town home. Oymyakon is barely south of the Arctic Circle and is the site of the coldest temperatures ever recorded outside of Antarctica. In 2013, the town's weather hit negative 98…
Guy Gets Black Widow Spider Bite. Then He Can’t Pee.

Guy Gets Black Widow Spider Bite. Then He Can’t Pee.

A female black widow spider. Credit: James Gathany, CDC There's a whole range of reasons you don't want to be bitten by a black widow spider, but you probably wouldn't think that losing the ability to pee is one of them. But that's what may have happened to a man in Canada. After he got…
Researchers find brand-new parasitic wasp that produces spider zombies

Researchers find brand-new parasitic wasp that produces spider zombies

University of British Columbia Science In the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly-discovered wasp is turning a regularly social spider into a lone, lumbering zombie. The species of spider,¬†Anelosimus eximius,¬†create elaborate bucket-like webs with thousands of its family members. It's deemed a "social spider" because it cooperates with other spiders of its communal home in sharing hunting,…
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