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December 3, 2020

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How Does the Spider Spin Its Self-Assembled Silk?

Researchers report on a new model for spider silk assembly. The key to spider silk 'spinning' is a combination of acidification and a process known as liquid-liquid phase separation, or ...

Scientists Identify Protein That Protects Against Lyme

Researchers have discovered a protein that helps protect hosts from infection with the tick-borne spirochete that causes Lyme Disease, a finding that may help diagnose and treat this ...

Buzz Kill: Ogre-Faced Spiders 'Hear' Airborne Prey With Their Legs

In the dark of night, ogre-faced spiders with dominating big eyes dangle from a silk frame to cast a web and capture their ground prey. But these spiders also can capture insects flying behind them ...

Scientists Discover Why Tarantulas Come in Vivid Blues and Greens

Researchers find support for new hypotheses: that tarantulas' vibrant blue colors may be used to communicate between potential mates, while green coloration confers the ability to conceal among ...
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Neglected for Over a Century, Black Sea Spider Crab Re-Described

Even though recognized in the Mediterranean Sea, the Macropodia czernjawskii spider crab was ignored by scientists (even by its namesake, 19th-century biologist Vladimir Czernyavsky) in the regional ...

Preventing Infection, Facilitating Healing: New Biomaterials from Spider Silk

New biomaterials reduce the risk of infection and facilitate the body's healing processes. These nanostructured materials are based on spider silk proteins. They prevent colonization by bacteria ...

Flies and Mosquitoes Beware, Here Comes the Slingshot Spider

Running into an unseen spiderweb in the woods can be scary enough, but what if you had to worry about a spiderweb -- and the spider -- being catapulted at you? That's what happens to insects in ...

Spider Silk Inspires New Class of Functional Synthetic Polymers

Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us. However, It is hard to finely tune some of their properties, such as the ability to transport ions. To overcome this problem, researchers decided ...

Lone Star Ticks in Illinois Can Carry, Transmit Heartland Virus

Researchers have confirmed that Heartland virus, an emerging pathogen with potentially dire consequences for those infected, is present in Lone Star ticks in two Illinois counties hundreds of miles ...

Spider Monkey Groups as Collective Computers

New research shows that spider monkeys use collective computation to figure out the best way to find ...

Exploring How a Scorpion Toxin Might Help Treat Heart Attacks

Scientists are discovering potential life-saving medicines from an unlikely source: the venom of creatures like snakes, spiders and scorpions. Scorpion venom, in particular, contains a peptide that ...

Where Did the Asian Longhorned Ticks in the US Come From?

The invasive population of Asian longhorned ticks in the United States likely began with three or more self-cloning females from northeastern Asia, according to a new study. Asian longhorned ticks ...

Spider Silk Made by Photosynthetic Bacteria

A research team in Japan reported that they succeeded in producing the spider silk -- ultra-lightweight, though, biodegradable and biocompatible material -- using photosynthetic bacteria. This study ...

Anaplasmosis Bacterium Tinkers With Tick's Gene Expression to Spread to New Hosts

For the first time, scientists have shown that the bacterium that causes the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis interferes with tick gene expression for its survival inside cells and to spread to a new ...

New Species Described in 2020

It is estimated that 15 million different species live on our planet, but only 2 million of them are currently known to science. Discovering new species is important as it helps to protect them. ...

Spider Silk Can Create Lenses Useful for Biological Imaging

Spider silk is useful for a variety of biomedical applications: It exhibits mechanical properties superior to synthetic fibers for tissue engineering, and it is not toxic or harmful to living cells. ...

Dangerous Tick-Borne Bacterium Extremely Rare in New Jersey

There's some good news in New Jersey about a potentially deadly tick-borne bacterium. Researchers examined more than 3,000 ticks in the Garden State and found only one carrying Rickettsia ...

Spider Baby Boom in a Warmer Arctic

Climate change leads to longer growing seasons in the Arctic. A new study shows that predators like wolf spiders respond to the changing conditions and have been able to produce two clutches of ...

Tick Surveillance and Control Lagging in US

While the prevalence of Lyme disease and other illnesses spread by ticks has steadily increased in the United States over the past 20 years, a new study of the state of American tick surveillance and ...

Following the Insect Meltdown, Numbers of Orb Web Spiders Have Drastically Declined

The abundance of large orb web spiders in the Swiss midland has declined drastically over the last 40 years. The main reason for this is the shrinking food supply available to these insectivorous ...

Spider Combs Tame Unruly Nanofibers

Cribellate spiders spin thousands of tiny nanofibers into sticky threads. To keep from getting caught in their own webs, these spiders use a nonstick comb on their back legs. Now, researchers have ...

Spider Venom Key to Pain Relief Without Side-Effects

Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain ...

Stream Pollution from Mountaintop Mining Doesn't Stay Put in the Water

Since the 1980s, a mountaintop mine in West Virginia has been leaching selenium into nearby streams at levels deemed unsafe for aquatic life. Now, even though the mine is closed, a new study finds ...

To Prevent Tick Encounters, Where You Dump Your Leaves Matters

While many homeowners heed the advice to clear their lawns of fallen leaves in autumn to avoid creating tick-friendly habitat in high-use areas, a new study on tick abundance in leaf litter says ...

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