How jumpy male spiders avoid being eaten after sex

The Philoponella spider is found in tropical regions of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, and lives in communal groups of up to 300 individuals in a web complex, constructed of many individual webs. Although many animals have evolved various methods of storing elastic energy to escape or catch prey, it is the first time … Read more

Scientists model the surface of Saturn’s largest moon Titan

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is surprisingly Earth-like when it comes to landscape formations, according to new models produced by planetary scientists. When looked at from space, the moon, larger than the planet Mercury, has other similarities to Earth – including rivers, lakes and seas filled with falling rain – although on Titan the rain is … Read more

Building blocks of life on Earth DID come from meteorites, study claims

It’s a question that has baffled scientists for centuries – where did the building blocks of life on Earth come from? Now, scientists have produced new evidence to back up the long-standing theory that they came from meteorites. The team, from Hokkaido University in Japan, discovered the compounds needed to form DNA and RNA on … Read more

Models of Landscape Formation on Saturn’s Moon Titan Reveal an Earth-Like Alien World

These three mosaics of Titan were composed with data from Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer taken during the last three Titan flybys, on October 28, 2005 (left), December 26, 2005 (middle), and January 15, 2006 (right). In a new study, researchers have shown how Titan’s distinct dunes, plains, and labyrinth terrains could be formed. … Read more