Life as a Scientist of Life Sciences

Neat article by the National Post about a spider expert. I particularly loved this little aside:

Erigonines are so small that Nina has to handle them using a combination of a fine-gauge pipette—with which she sucks up a bead or two of spider-containing alcohol—and an even finer insect needle—with which she spends long minutes positioning specimens. If she loses control of her charges at any point in the transfer process between the glass vials they’re stored in and the little watch glasses she shoots them on, they might as well be gone forever. Nina’s misplaced at least one palp so far. “Erigonines are pretty much exactly floor-colored,” she says dryly.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/10/27/internet-porn-fills-gap-in-spider-taxonomy/

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