Who Knew? Light Is the Key to Spiders Weaving Webs in Space


I’m willing to bet a lot of people (including myself) are terrified of spiders. But that doesn’t mean they’re not interesting. In a two-month study led by Paula Cushing of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Samuel Zschokke from the University of Basel at the International Space station, scientists found that Trichonephila clavipes spiders used lights as a substitute for gravity when placed in outer space as a way to not only orient and position themselves but weave their webs.

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