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Friday, November 21, 2008

Does whatever an orb-web spider does

Also lost in the ISS: a spider.

I loved the NASA spokesman who said it wasn't lost, they just couldn't find it.

The thing everyone is being too polite to mention is: what happens if Boris (or spider name of your choice) strays to somewhere in the ISS where there's less cosmic ray shielding? Hmm, a radioactive spider. Where have I heard that idea before?

The spiders were being observed to see how microgravity affected their web-spinning ability. That reminded me of this classic experiment, which I'm amused now to see was also run by NASA.

Try it yourself.

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