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A Desert Spider With Astonishing Moves

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:16 PM

A spider newly discovered in the Moroccan Sahara can do powerful, acrobatic flips through the air.

Like a gymnast, it runs for a short time, then stretches out its front legs, spinning into the air and returning to touch the ground with its hind legs. Peter Jäger, a taxonomist at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, who identified the spider, has nicknamed it the flic-flac for the maneuver its leap resembles.

http://www.nytimes.c...hing-moves.html

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 02:25 PM

This must be the spider who bit Peter Parker...

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to show me where the hell Helen of Annoy has been for the past couple of months.




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