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Spider Missing After Trip To Space Station 507

Garabito writes "A spider that had been sent to the International Space Station for a school science program was lost. Two arachnids were sent in order to know if spiders can survive and make webs in space, but now only one spider can be seen in the container. NASA isn't sure where the other spider could have gone. I, for one, welcome our new arachnid overlords."

Feed Plants Tag Insect Herbivores With An Alarm (sciencedaily.com)

Rooted in place, plants can't run from herbivores -- but they can fight back. Sensing attack, plants frequently generate toxins, emit volatile chemicals to attract the pest's natural enemies, or launch other defensive tactics. Now, for the first time, researchers have identified a specific class of small peptide elicitors, or plant defense signals, that help plants react to insect attack.

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