Spider

Researchers Discover New Species of Giant Spider

Tiny, dainty spiders no bigger than a Tic-Tac probably won’t send your blood pressure rising. But the 4-inch-long, red-fanged Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider (Califorctenus cacachilensis), recently named by researchers at the San Diego Natural History Museum and Mexico’s Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, is another story.

The species was first located in 2013 in a mountain range in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Researchers, including field entomologist Jim Berrian, came across evidence of an “abnormally big” shed…

These Ties Are Made of Spider Silk

One day, you could be wearing spider silk clothing—but with synthetic silk made in a lab. A company called Bolt Threads has successfully bioengineered synthetic silk inspired by spider webs and turned it into a tie, as The New Yorker and Co.Design report.

Bolt Threads uses genetically engineered yeast to produce proteins similar to the natural proteins in spider silk, then spins those proteins into fibers. The yarn from those fibers is used to make a limited edition tie that has already sold out. With only 50 ties available for $314 each, the company held a lottery on March 14 to give potential customers the chance to buy…