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Orb-weaving spiders can hear using their web

Spiders are among the oldest and most successful land predators, with a fossil record much earlier than dinosaurs. All spiders are preeminent craftsmen, producing silks that can be even stronger than steel in strength-to-weight ratio. When woven into a web, the animal architecture functions as... click to read more

  • Jian Zhou | Postdoctoral Appointee at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Junpeng Lai | Ph.D. Candidate at Binghamton University
  • Ronald Hoy | Professor at Cornell University
  • Ronald Miles | Distinguished Professor at Binghamton University
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 10, 2023
Exceptional hearing ability in a hummingbird

Many birds communicate using songs. Among them, the Ecuadorian Hillstar hummingbird produces a song with the highest pitch. Our previous research suggests that these hummingbirds produce high-pitch sounds to stand out from ambient noise. For vocal communication to be effective, the listener needs to hear the... click to read more

  • Fernanda G. Duque | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Biology Department, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 28, 2021