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Get this: spiders can “sail” on water

If, last week, you’d quizzed me about the dispersal strategies of spiders, I would have told you all about “ballooning”, how Charles Darwin, at sea on the Beagle in 1832, was stunned to see thousands of tiny, dusky red spiders come floating on board, borne on silky parachutes that trapped them in …

Zoology

2015 has 3 Friday the 13ths. What are the odds?

Here’s the story behind why 2015 has 3 Friday the 13ths.<p><b>November 13, 2015 is a Friday</b>, ushering in Act III of this year’s epic Friday the 13th …

Horror

Things are improving for cyclists, but painfully slowly

Another week, another cycle superhighway. Another week, another cyclist killed and another “gerroff our roads” bike critic. Britain’s rapid-cycling traffic schizophrenia showed itself in particularly florid form on Wednesday when three things all happened at once.<p>Transport for London gave final …

Cycling

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.<p>"We just showed up in the …