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Anthropology in Practice

What a Tangled Web We Weave

And how prettily it is displayed when it is covered in dew! I took this photo on my way to the rail earlier this week. The more I think about it, the more it reminds me that we all have to attend to some business or another to manage our daily lives.

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Compound Eye

Reader Photo: Widow in the Web


Sean McCann’s flickr photostream has some gems, including this photo of a female widow spider: The dramatic impact of this photo, in my opinion, is due to lighting from the side. The light angle highlights the silhouette of the spider. If you’ve got an image you’d like to share with Compound Eye, give a link [...]

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Not bad science

Unique Science Communication: Isabella Rossellini


I recently wrote an article about science communication, and in it mentioned that people can communicate science in many different ways using many different types of media. One more unusual way is what Isabella Rossellini has adopted. Using real animal behaviour science, she conveys it by dressing up as the animal in question, and presenting [...]

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How Do Male Spiders Get Away With Giving Worthless Gifts to Females?

Male gift-giving spider carrying his wrapped gift

In many animals, males give females a gift in the hope of getting to mate with her. This might sound overly simplistic, but this really can be how it happens. For example, kingfishers will catch fish to give to females as part of their courtship. However, having a system like this means that there is [...]

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Spiders are Disturbed by Human Noise

Sometimes life just gets too noisy

Regardless what you might think of spiders, once you find out a bit about their behaviour it’s hard to deny that they are at the very least, interesting animals. I’ve previously written about how male spiders select females to mate with that are the least likely to eat them, how spiders can sniff out human [...]

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Not bad science

How to find the perfect female if you’re a black widow spider

As humans, we generally think that we should be somewhat choosy when picking a mate. However, we are lucky in that making the wrong choice rarely results in being eaten by said partner. However, in spiders like the western black widow, females commonly engage in ‘precopulatory sexually cannibalistic behaviour’ – or in other words, a [...]

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Elegance of Spider Webs Helps Make Them Strong [Video]

orb spider web

Spiders’ silk has been the envy of materials engineers for decades. Its combination of flexibility and durability has been difficult to match with even the most advanced technology. “It is stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar by weight,” Markus Buehler, an engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in a prepared statement. A new [...]

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Running Ponies

It’s not funny anymore, Golden Wheel Spider

A spider has to work pretty hard to be considered almost cute, and one particular African desert spider is literally turning cartwheels to do it. The golden wheel spider (Carparachne aureoflava) is a species native to the steep sand dunes of the Namib Desert in Southern Africa. It belongs to the huntsman family, which means [...]

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