Meet the Spider-Tailed Horned Viper, a species that lives in western Iran and uses his tail in the shape of a spider as a lure to attract birds. Snakes and spiders are quite scary per se, but this animal combining both seems like a genetically-modified monster conceived by a mad scientist.
This surprising video shows a bumblebee struggling, trapped on a spider web as the spider approaches to finish the job. All of the sudden, out of nowhere, a second bumblebee appears in the frame, stinging the spider. Deliberate rescue attempt, coincidence, or a viral video for A Bug's Life 2?
There are more than 5000 species of jumping spider. This one, spotted in an Ecuadorian reserve by zoologist Wayne Maddison is both fascinating and terrifying.
The kidney garden spider, or pale orb weaver (Araneus mitificus), would be a fascinating critter on its own, but the fact that it looks just like the Pringles man makes it even more awesome.
Meet Rabbit, the only brown recluse spider you're ever going to feel sorry for. That's because you're watching her be restrained and milked for her super-strong silk. Oof.
From the DIY Laser Guy: "I present my most terrifying laser creation as of yet... the remote controlled death ray drone bot! This beast packs a potent 2W blue laser that fries anything in it's path. It can walk around and shoot it's death ray at the touch of a button."
The natural world might be awe-inspiring, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t share similarities with the technological world that we inhabit. In fact, as biologists have come to look at creatures in closer detail, they've discovered that some of them have been using basics of engineering—that we now take for…
This robotic spider dress made by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht and Austrian software developer Daniel Schatzmayr is creeping me out but also turning me on at the same exact time. I don't know what to think—if those crawling spindly robot legs are scary or if they're just sexy.
I can't stop watching this video. This lovable guy came up with the genius idea to kill a gigantic spider on the wall with brass knuckles. Um, it doesn't end well. Or well, it ends up exactly like how you would imagine. [YouTube]
These winged ants are copulating with their queen. Apparently, they didn't notice the big spider who is eating it from the top. Ants are really really really stupid or really really really perverted.
The world's best violins come with strings made from catgut—which isn't typically from cats, but does definitely come from the inside of an animal. If you want a more vegetarian alternative, though, how about a set made from spider silk?
Those of you with arachnophobia may want to turn away from your monitors. This enormous inflatable spider puppet was built by UK artist Tim Davies for street and carnival performances. Details are still scarce on its inner workings or controls but Davies mentions that the legs are "air-powered." [TD Artwork via …
If there's an image that summarizes my idea of complete horror, this is it: a wolf spider carrying dozens of babies on her back. It's the only spider in the world that does this.
Dick Schaefer is a junkyard artist. He takes scrap metal from old cars and junkyards and builds these leftovers into wonderful sculptures.
My background is writing partially thought-out gadget blog posts, so you'll forgive me this brief moment of juvenile amazement:Holy cow surgeons have the craziest tools! Is the SPIDER something you surgeons out there are regularly playing god with, or what?
Despite a modern spider's impressive offensive arsenal of venoms and trapping silks, defensive predator-evading "dragline" silk is perhaps its most valuable asset. In this week's excerpt, authors Leslie Brunetta and Catherine Craig discuss the incredible silk's evolution and ingenious implementation.
Don't be surprised if you see the US Army sporting fine garments made from Madagascan bark spider's silk in the future. It's "10 times better than Kevlar," which itself is "5 times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis."
I hate spiders, I hate horror movies, and I hate gimmicky computer cases. But I love the commercial for the Lian Li Mini-atx case. Maybe it's just because it reminded me of Steve Irwin.
This week in your facelifted, more searchable, iTunes-sortable app roundup: Flickr goes official; Navigon grows more sociable; spiders poop web; your homescreen gets organized; rhythm games find a new muse; and robots master the art of pillow talk.
When a headline says "Computer Technology Brings 300 Million-year-old Spider Fossils Back to Life," it's time to run to the hills, and start stockpiling canned food, gasoline cans, and weapons. Plenty of weapons.