Look Ma, no ears! Teensy spiders hear with organ on their legs

Ogre-faced spiders hang from their webs, and like gymnasts, they flip backwards to snatch flying insects from the air. To hear their prey coming, the spiders “listen” for the flap of tiny wings using a special organ in their spindly legs, a new study has found. The organ looks like a patch of parallel slits […]

Scientists discover new organ in the throat

Scientists have discovered a new organ: a set of salivary glands set deep in the upper part of the throat.  This nasopharynx region — behind the nose — was not thought to host anything but microscopic, diffuse, salivary glands; but the newly discovered set are about 1.5 inches (3.9 centimeters) in length on average. Because […]