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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Unexpected Complexity in a Spider's Tiny Brain

Picture of spider
Here is something to keep arachnophobes up at night.

The inside of a spider is under pressure, like the air in a balloon, because spiders move by pushing fluid through valves. They are hydraulic.

This works well for the spiders, but less so for those who want to study what goes on in the brain of a jumping spider, an aristocrat of arachnids that, according to Ronald R. Hoy, a professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, is one of the smartest of all invertebrates.

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