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Spiders use wind to sail across water like ships

Lead researcher Morito Hayashi from the Natural History Museum, London said on SMH that they found that spiders actively adopt postures that allow them to use the wind direction to control their journey on water using their legs as sails and their…

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Highest concentration of Diving Tarantula’s found in the Northern Territory.

Hidden from outsiders and deep within lands controlled by traditional Aboriginal owners an estimated 25,000 diving tarantulas live along a 10 kilometre stretch of floodplain. The head of Queensland’s Museum’s arachnological division, Dr Robert Raven believes that there are more species of…

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Insects as inspiration to improve aircraft

Trinity College professor David Taylor and his team of researchers In Dublin, Ireland are researching how to incorporate the way insect legs function with aircraft designs to help create them safer, reduce the aircraft weight and improve durability. The researchers chose insects…

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Plants that feast on insects

There are more than 600 species of carnivorous plants found around the world from the Japan to the lush jungles of south East Asia, the billabongs of northern Australia to the rain drenched mountains of South America more previously unknown species of…

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White-bottomed Bumble Bee Reappears After Two Decades

A bumble bee that is distinguished by its white bottom, Bombus occidentalis has not been seen since the 90’s has been spotted near Seattle and whole colonies have been found near Everett, Lynnwood, Tacoma and on the Olympic Peninsula. The goal through…

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Rats dream just like humans

Researchers set out to study if rats can mentally map out a new place before they have explored it as reported by Discover Magazine. Scientists already knew that after a rat has explored an area, certain neurons in the hippocampus called “place…

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