Department of Biology
Biology Department News
Even tarantulas get the blues
UA researchers helped discover tarantulas evolve the same color blue using different mechanisms. They are now working to reproduce it for potential use in such applications as wide-angle viewing systems and other optical devices.
Sticky when wet — spider glue tightens grip in high humidity
UA scientists say nature’s phenomenon could lead the way to developing smart adhesives.
Breaking the Mold — TEDx talks feature game changers
The University of Akron announces speakers for Sept. 29 TED talks.
Scientists unearth ecosystem puzzle piece
In northeast Ohio's "backyard," UA biologists discover plant varieties sprout in moderation as part of worldwide study.
UA partners with land conservancy for Haley’s Run Trail restoration assessment
The University of Akron is partnering with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to offer hands-on activities to community members at the Haley’s Run Trail BioBlitz and Birthday Bash July 11.
Research Spotlight: Biology
Researchers Explain Spider Web Stickiness
Todd Blackledge, Department of Biology (far left in photo), and a team of UA researchers have recently unraveled the mysteries behind the glue spiders use to spin their webs.
This path breaking illustration of knowledge production will have a powerful impact on the development of future bio-adhesives, result in multiple commercial applications, and marks another achievement in a field where UA is taking a leadership role in collaboration with regional partners and the medical community.
The research, “Viscoelastic Solids Explain Spider Web Stickiness,” will appear in Nature Communications (May, 2010). Learn More