CU’s Spiders in Space

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Spiders eat flies every day -- but usually not while they're both orbiting the Earth. That is, until scientists at CU-Boulder decided they wanted to learn how the spiders and their prey behaved in zero-g. The scientists sent the creatures up to the international space station where the spiders are weaving unusual webs and the flies are changing some of their habits too. It's all being captured in photos and on videotape in a curriculum for school kids nationwide. Ryan Warner speaks with Stefanie Countryman, principal investigator for the project at BioServe Space Technologies in Boulder. You can see the photos, videos and science education curriculum here.

[Photo: BioServe Space Technologies]