Why don’t spiders stick to their own webs?


Chemistry! Smithsonian scientists have shown that spiders’ legs are protected by branching hairs and a non-stick chemical coating. Michael Miller, keeper at the invertebrate exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, explains:

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Posted: 3 September 2013
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.