Quick: what has eight legs and a face like a pair of hairy salad tongs? If you’re a spider, you know exactly what I’m describing—a beast, which, at least to smaller spiders, is an otherworldly, eldritch terror: the pelican spider. Now, new research published today in the journal ZooKeys details the discovery of a whopping 18 new species of pelican spider from Madagascar. Read more from Jake Buehler for Gizmodo.

Our Incomplete List of Cultural Institutions and Initiatives Funded by the Sackler Family

The secretive family whose pharmaceutical company hid the addictive effects of OxyContin also funds dozens of museums and universities.

Hyperallergic, January 11

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The Serpentine Sackler gallery in London (image courtesy Jose Mesa’s Flickstream)

As the opioid epidemic continues — according to a Quartz headline published earlier this month “US millennials were almost 20% more likely to die in 2016 than 2014” — everyone from politicians to everyday citizens is trying to not only help those already addicted, but to also hold accountable the pharmaceutical companies that precipitated the rise of dangerously addictive opioid prescriptions.

In this month’s Artforum (which is still co-owned by Knight Landesman), photographer Nan Goldin wrote a heartbreaking account of how she got hooked on OxyContin herself and barely survived. As many others have already done, Goldin noted that the Sackler family, whose name we see on so many museum, library, and hospital walls, is the one responsible. “They have washed their blood money through the halls of museums and universities around the world,” she wrote. “We demand that the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma use their fortune to fund addiction treatment and education. There is no time to waste.” Read more from Elena Goukassian for Hyperallergic.

Cooper Hewitt Exhibition Spotlights Design for People With Disabilities

Observer, January 12

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Emma Watch (Prototype), 2016, designed by Haiyan Zhang and Nicolas Villar, manufactured by Microsoft Research. Haiyan Zhang/Alex Griffiths

It seems like every week a new report comes out about how, as a society, we are too consumed with our newfangled technologies for our own good. Watch an episode or two of the latest season of Black Mirror, and you’ll find yourself tiptoeing around your toaster, fearing that even the most basic tech will turn on you in an instant. But before falling into despair about our impending dystopia, pause to consider the kind of privilege it takes to be paranoid.

The latest exhibition to open at New York’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum asks visitors to do exactly that. “Access + Ability,” on view through September 3, showcases some of the latest design developments for people with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. Through 70 objects—most of which have been created within just the last five years—the exhibition explores how simple design tweaks and considerations can make a huge impact on how we engage with the world around us. Read more from Margaret Carrigan for the Observer.

Meet the Heavy Hitters of Contemporary Jewelry Design

An exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt explores the evolution and explosive creativity of an often-overlooked field.

Surface, January 11

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A bangle bracelet by Torun Bülow Hübe.

Before founding her eponymous New York communications firm more than two decades ago, Susan Grant Lewin worked as a design journalist, making regular pilgrimages to trade shows such as Copenhagen’s erstwhile Scandinavian Furniture Fair. One year during her visit, she came across Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, a Swedish silversmith who created jewelry for Georg Jensen, and fell madly in love with her personal ornaments of the hand-crafted variety. “Vivianna’s work is so beautiful, it makes you weep. You look at it and you just have to have it,” Lewin says, with a hearty laugh. Read more from Tiffany Jow for Surface.