Spider's silk is incredibly durable and insanely strong, but it's difficult to harvest because, you know, spiders. A German company is using E. coli to mass produce it, and it's been selling the product to shampoo companies.
There's a scene in Spider-Man 2 where Spidey stops a runaway subway train using just webbing. Thanks to science, we now know that's realistic.
Deep in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, a potentially new spider species has been found. The new breed has a trick up one of its eight sleeves as well. It's Predator-like (the kind that hunts Arnold Schwarzeneggers and Danny Glovers), creating a decoy in its web, tempting prey into its grasp.
Researchers from Oregon State University have found a fossilized, in progress spider attack. The prey is a small wasp that never quite met its fate. Aside, from being an absurdly cool two-for-one special, the fossil is also a unique find.
Spiders' silk might be useful to humans, but otherwise, they're pretty terrifying creatures. Anyone who's seen Arachnophobia can attest to this. And before I have spider apologists sending me nasty comments, think about this: if you heard of an island experiencing an explosion in its spider population, would you want to go?
When a TSA agent confiscates that shady grandmother's needlework scissors from her bag as you pass through security, don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Those scissors could come back to haunt you in the form of these metal spiders that are just perfect for putting on a shelf and scaring your ass off.
You know, you'd think that ridable spider robots would be one-of-a-kind, yet here we are with our second ridable spider robot in just one month. Sure, the first one might look a bit more tough and intimidating than today's, but that's not what its all about.
Run for your lives! Here comes the mechanical spider! This crazy, inefficient, 1,700 pound Mondo Spider was originally created for Burning Man a few years ago, but now it's been somehow improved. And no, it's not any more efficient, but hey, it's a mechanical, drivable, clanking, scary and huge robot spider with some dude riding on it. We never thought we'd live to see the day. Here's the video: