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May 21, 2019

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Horseshoe Crabs Are Really Relatives of Spiders, Scorpions

By analyzing troves of genetic data and considering a vast number of possible ways to examine it, scientists now have a high degree of confidence that horseshoe crabs do indeed belong within the ... read more

Spider Silk Could Be Used as Robotic Muscle

Researchers have found that spider silk produces a strong twisting motion when exposed to humidity, and may be usable for future artificial muscles or ... read more

Jumping Spider Mimics Two Kinds of Ants as It Grows

Spiders that pretend to be ants to fool predators have an unusual problem when it comes to sex. How do they get the attention of potential mates without breaking character to birds that want to eat ... read more

Likelihood of Tick Bite to Cause Red Meat Allergy Could Be Higher Than Previously Thought

The original hypothesis was that humans developed the red meat allergy after being exposed to the alpha-gal protein through a tick that had fed ... read more
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Tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF) is a recurring fever caused by exposure to infected Borrelia bacteria. Several cases have been reported in Mexico, but the disease gets little attention. Now, ... read more

Evolutionary biologists who study the social lives and behavior of colony spiders -- some of which are docile, others aggressive -- have found that the success of their cooperative societies depend ... read more

Anxiety-Associated Brain Regions Regulate Threat Responses in Monkeys

Damage to parts of the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), a region within the prefrontal cortex, heightens monkeys' defensive responses to threat, according to new research. The study proposes a ... read more

As Uniform as Cloned Soldiers, New Spiders Were Named After the Stormtroopers in Star Wars

Despite being widely distributed across north and central South America, the small family of similarly looking bald-legged spiders had never been confirmed in Colombia. However, a new research paper ... read more

Biologists Capture Super-Creepy Photos of Amazon Spiders Making Meals of Frogs, Lizards

A team of biologists has documented 15 rare and disturbing predator-prey interactions in the Amazon rainforest including images of a dinner plate-size tarantula dragging a young opossum across the ... read more

New Tarantula Species from Angola Distinct With a One-of-a-Kind 'Horn' on Its Back

A new to science species of tarantula with a peculiar horn-like protuberance sticking out of its back was recently identified in central Angola, a largely underexplored country located at the ... read more

The Widow Next Door: Where Is the Globally Invasive Noble False Widow Settling Next?

The noble false widow spider, Steatoda nobilis, native to Madeira and the Canary Islands, has been introduced accidentally to countries around the globe, causing considerable concerns. Thus, a team ... read more

Visual Guide to Identify Invasive Self-Cloning Tick

Researchers have created a visual guide to help identify and control the Asian longhorned tick, which transmits a fatal human disease in its native countries and threatens livestock in the United ... read more

Scientists Explore Tick Salivary Glands as Tool to Study Virus Transmission, Infection

The salivary glands of some tick species could become important research tools for studying how viruses are transmitted from ticks to mammals, and for developing preventive medical countermeasures. ... read more

Why Some Mites Are Mightier Than Others: The Evolution of Lethal Fighting in a Spider Mite

Unlike most male animals, some males of the social spider mite engage in deadly fights with rival males. Their level of aggression (low, mild or high) is related to the geographical location, and the ... read more

Broading the Biodiversity Catalogue of Spider Populations in the Iberian Peninsula

The biodiversity catalogue of the Iberian Peninsula spiders is now adding the discovery of a dozen new species -- from seven different families -- that are mainly found in edaphic environments ... read more

A Versatile Vaccine That Can Protect Mice from Emerging Tick-Borne Viruses

Researchers have developed a vaccine that is effective in mice against Powassan virus, an emerging tick-borne virus that can cause life-threatening encephalitis in humans. They also show that the ... read more

Potential Range for New Invasive Tick Covers Much of Eastern US

Since the arrival of the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in North America was first reported in New Jersey in early 2018, it has been found in eight other states in the US and, by ... read more

US Healthcare Costs for Animal-Related Injuries Exceed $1 Billion Every Year

The healthcare costs of injuries caused by encounters with animals in the USA exceed US $1 billion every year, finds new ... read more

Molecular Insights Into Spider Silk

Spider silk belongs to the toughest fibers in nature and has astounding properties. Scientists have now discovered new molecular details of self-assembly of a spider silk fiber ... read more

229 New Species Described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2018

In 2018, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 229 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening ... read more

Mammal-Like Milk Provisioning and Parental Care Discovered in Jumping Spider

Researchers report milk provisioning in Toxeus magnus (Araneae: Salticidae), a jumping spider that mimics ants. Milk provisioning in T. magnus involves a specialized organ over an extended period, ... read more

Newly Discovered Wasp Turns Social Spiders Into Zombies

It sounds like the plot of the world's tiniest horror movie: deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly discovered species of wasp transforms a 'social' spider into a zombie that abandons ... read more

Blood-Sucking Flies Have Been Spreading Malaria for 100 Million Years

The microorganisms that cause malaria, leishmaniasis and a variety of other illnesses today can be traced back at least to the time of dinosaurs, a study of amber-preserved blood-sucking insects and ... read more

Hungry Ticks Work Harder to Find You

Biologists say the hungrier ticks are, the harder they try to find you or other hosts. The findings could have implications for the spread of tick-borne disease such as Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted ... read more

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