Thursday, Dec 01, 2022



Rajkot doctor, Ahmedabad researcher discover new species of spider

October 30, 2022 1:04 am

The new species, which the researchers have named after Indian biochemist Yellapragada Subbarao, is the first species of the Tanzania genus to be recorded anywhere in Asia.

What takes down a bull elephant in a single bite?

January 04, 2022 12:53 pm

With spring-loaded reflexes and formidable swoops, the animal kingdom proves that size doesn’t matter

It looks like bird dung, but it's really a predatory spider

August 25, 2021 5:34 pm

The bird dung crab spiders' glossy black-and-white patterning and foul odour are part of a mephitic masquerade that tricks predators that would otherwise seek to eat the spiders

Spiders can fly hundreds of miles with the help of the electric fields on Earth

October 01, 2019 6:16 pm

Scientists at the University of Bristol have shown that spiders can sense the electric field of the Earth, and use it for launching themselves into the air.

How an Instagram post led to the discovery of a new spider species in Assam

September 11, 2018 7:55 pm

Often kept as a pet in countries like Thailand and Vietnam, the rare jumping spider — the Hyllus diardi — was discovered in India, between two leaves, by a PhD scholar in a forest in Assam’s Kokrajhar district.

Australia: Cops rush to stop domestic violence, find dead spider instead

November 27, 2015 10:44 am

Neighbours reported a woman screaming hysterically, a man yelling "I'm going to kill you, you're dead! Die, Die" and sounds of furniture being tossed around.

A creepy-crawly experiment

November 09, 2014 12:03 am

Every time neurobiologists tried to look at the brains of jumping spiders, the spiders would explode. Now, researchers have devised a technique that allows them to peer in.

Waiting for the Kill: A spider swallowing a fly is a lesson in patience

August 10, 2014 1:00 am

It had waited till the fly had exhausted itself and then walked up gingerly on those delicate stilt legs, and given it the killing bite.

Parents pass on 'irrational fear' of snakes to children

January 26, 2011 2:59 pm

Are you scared of creepy crawlies? Then blame your mom and dad for it.

Researchers spot unlisted spider genus near Sasvad

July 02, 2010 3:20 am

City-based researchers Mandar Kulkarni and Avinash Harpude have spotted a rare spider species — Two-tailed Spiders (genus Murricia),which is not listed in the inventory of spiders in the state — near Sasvad.


Science Take | How to give a spider an eye test

June 22, 2020 6:11 pm

Jumping spiders have excellent vision. To test it, scientists use a special machine of which there are only two in the world.