VANCOUVER — Think Miley Cyrus, but with a few more legs.
Black widow spiders use jittery, abdominal movements not unlike twerking — the hip-shaking dance move made infamous by Cyrus — to navigate the dangerous world of arachnid mating, according to a newly published study from a team of British Columbia researchers.
Specifically, the vibrations from a “twerking” male black widow tell a female perched on her web that she’s being approached by a potential mate, rather than dinner.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Authorities are responding to wildfires in Oklahoma and Kansas that have led to evacuations, scorched mostly rural land and destroyed an unknown number of structures.
In Oklahoma, the largest fire was in the same area near the border with Kansas where blazes last month scorched hundreds of square kilometres.
Authorities there urged the approximately 300 residents of Freedom, about 270 kilometres northwest of Oklahoma City, to evacuate their homes on Tuesday afternoon, Woods County Emergency Management Director Steve Foster said.