An artist has been criticised after posting a video on Youtube of a sculpture being created by pouring molten aluminium into a fire ant colony mound

Artist criticised for creating sculpture by pouring molten aluminium into fire ant colony mound

A Youtube video showing how the work is made has now received over 7 million views, with the artists admitting that many commentators have asked 'what if I poured aluminum in your house'

Spiders’ webs are covered with an electrically conductive glue, and they filter pollutants as well as catch insects

Power of the web: The secret of how spiders catch their prey

New research reveals that an electrical quirk sends a spider's woven silk springing towards its victims. Zander Swinburne unravels the science

Carlos Juan Finlay: Physician's 180th birthday marked with Google Doodle

The Cuban physician Carlos J Finlay has been honoured with a Google Doodle on the 180th anniversary of his birth.

Sexually frustrated fruit flies die earlier

Sexual frustration will give you a shorter and more stressful life (if you are a fruit fly)

Sexually frustrated fruit flies die earlier, new research suggests.

A Brazilian wandering spider

Arachnophobia app tackles spider phobia

Reduced to a trembling wreck by the mere sight of a spider? Never fear - a new app believes it can help

The Roboroach device costs $99

RoboRoach app encourages children to turn cockroaches into smartphone-controlled toys

The developers of a new electronic device that fits onto cockroaches, allowing their movements to be controlled by a mobile phone app, have been criticised for animal cruelty.

Steatoda nobilis or false widow spider

Amateur footballer undergoes emergency surgery after false widow spider bite in Devon

The most venomous spider in Britain has bitten an amateur footballer in Devon.

The Ir40a nerve receptor is found in the antennae of mosquitoes

Secrets of insect repellent DEET could prove decisive in the war on malaria, dengue and West Nile fever

Researchers use new screening method to find four repellents that are as powerful as substance used effectively for more than 60 years to protect people

Killer hornets: Deadly insects leave 41 dead and 1,600 injured

More than 1,600 have also been injured in attacks from the deadly insects

More sightings of the false widow spider, as Britain's 'most venomous arachnid', with orange legs and white skull markings spotted in Essex

Further sightings of the false widow spider, Britain’s most venomous arachnid, are raising fears following reports that the spider is heading north.

Fly swatting: A beginner's guide

Experts - and Independent readers - give their tips

Bites reported across London and Kent as south east sees influx of Britain's most poisonous spider

Rising temperatures are forcing false widow spiders up north

Jurassic Park theory disproved by scientists who rule dinosaur DNA cannot survive in amber

As the fourth instalment in the multi-million pound Jurassic Park series is announced, scientists have revealed that the theory behind the film that kept so many audiences captivated would not be successful in reality.

Killer insect: Asian hornets reached France in 2005 and have spread steadily

Potentially deadly predatory Asian hornets with vicious sting heading towards Britain

It is feared that vespa velutina nigrithorax, which can grow to four-times the size of a British honey bee, could attack the indigenous bee population

Record numbers of “jobless” wasps are more likely to attack us because they are drunk and aggressive, the British Red Cross has warned

Drunk wasps may attack us, warns Red Cross

First aid experts advise anyone eating outside to beware stings and keep a credit card to hand

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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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