Camel Spiders are a group of “fearsome” arachnids in the order Solifugae, their large chelicerae and size have made them the target of many myths and exaggerations. Firstly camel spiders also known as sun spiders or wind scorpions are neither spiders nor scorpions and are actually a unique order of dromopod arachnids that can be found around the world, with almost 1,000 different species recorded. Camel spiders are also in no way venomous (however one species might be) and the worst a bite can do to a human is be very painful and possibly cause an infection. They are also not that big with the biggest species reaching a 5-6 in leg span which is tiny compared to the largest spider at 12 inches. Myths have also been circulating that they can run at over 25 mph and make a banshee like scream when doing it, this one is only partially true as camel spiders are exceptionally fast for invertebrates and can reach top speeds of around 10 mph which is fast but not nearly fast enough to chase cars like some say. The screaming is partially true as-well as like some insects and other arthropods the camel spider can produce noise via stridulation, but the noise they produce is barley audible and in no way can constitute a scream. Some say that they are extremely aggressive and will hunt people down like an angry lion, this is also not true as while they might be ill-tempered they will not chase anything they don’t see as prey, any camel spider seen running after a human is probably attempting to find shade as they tend to dislike the sun. Camel spiders also don’t attack people in their sleep (although they are nocturnal) and cannot jump several feet in the air as some myths say. I hope that cleared up some myths about camel spiders they are actually really cool animals and are pretty good at what they do, not to mention they are basically harmless unless provoked. Feel free to read up on them as they can do some interesting things.
Doctors announced today that two-and-a-half year old Hannah Warren just became the youngest person in history to receive a bioengineered organ transplant, a new windpipe made of a synthetic scaffold and her own stem cells. The nine-hour long procedure was performed April 9, at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, but the results were just made public. Doctors expect that Warren will be able to return home in a few months and breathe, eat, drink and swallow using the new windpipe, all of which she couldn’t do without the aid of machines until now.