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Eight things spiders can do that you’ve never heard of

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They have eight legs, multiple sets of eyes, and build webs in the corners of your house. But arachnologists Lauren Esposito and Catherine Scott say the bizarre world of spiders goes far beyond anything you’ve ever heard of. Here are eight things spiders can do that you've probably never heard of:

1. Some spiders eat their mates during copulation

Catherine Scott, an arachnologist and doctoral student at the University of Toronto says the redback spider, a species in the genus of black widow spiders, is actively eaten during copulation:

Six things you believe about spiders that are totally false

Nov 16, 2015
photo by Sean McCann

Lauren Esposito regularly milks scorpions. Catherine Scott lets black widows crawl on her. Both of these spider experts love arachnids, and they want you to love them, too.

Here are six myths about spiders they say are totally wrong, and are giving arachnids a bad rap: 

Myth Number 1: Spiders are aggressive

Gene Therapy Aims to Switch on Hearing

Nov 14, 2015

Microscopic Hairs Keep Some Critters Clean

Nov 14, 2015

The Dirt on the Illegal Plant Trade

Nov 14, 2015
 Image courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London

Science Writer Sam Kean has had real-life experiences worthy of a horror film. During one such recent episode, he woke up from a night of sleep and found that he was unable to move, completely paralyzed, but fully awake. 

Kean isn’t the only one who’s had such an experience. Others have had similar episodes — waking from sleep to what they described as a “demon sitting on their chest” or an alien abduction. One woman in this state was even thought to be dead and was taken to a morgue before recovering the ability to move her limbs. 

Discovery from 3,500 years ago challenges gender roles

Nov 12, 2015

Husband-and-wife archaeologist team Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker have just made the biggest archaeological discovery of its kind in at least half a century.

“It was kind of a combination of expertise and dumb luck,” says Jack Davis, “We were not planning to excavate in this area.”