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Spiderman meets Spider-Man

An interview with arachnologist Norman Platnick. Learn about the animal that has become famous through his Marvel Comics and movie action hero.

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
How did you get interested in spiders? 01:17
How many species of spiders are in the world? 01:58
How many spiders species are left to be discovered? 02:08
The number of spiders you have discovered. 02:23
How many spiders are dangerous to humans? 03:19
How many species of spiders in the U.S. that are dangerous to humans? 04:29
Black widow bytes misdiagnosed as an appendicitis. 05:03
Brown recluse spider 05:22
So spiders are not that dangerous for humans and are critical to the planet. 06:08
What if there were no spiders on Earth? 06:47
Why do you think people are afraid of spiders? 08:22
What are some of the best things about spiders - what are some of your favorite spiders? 09:20
What are some of the coolest characteristics of spiders - silk - types - strength. 10:43
SPIDA-web - artificial neural network 12:18
SPIDA-web learns? 13:44
Can anyone use SPIDA-web? 14:22
How was SPIDA-web funded and how much did it cost? 16:10
Other spider resources on the web. 17:30
What's it like to work in a natural history museum - American Museum of Natural History? 17:58
Spiderman meets Spiderman - is Tobey Maguire afraid of spiders? 19:12
What's an average day like for you? 19:52
Travel as part of your job. 21:26
Do you have any interesting travel adventure stories? 21:49
Launch of the new International Institute for Species Exploration - what do you hope the IISE will do? 22:26
When did you know you wanted to be a biologist - scientist? 24:36
What would you be if you were not a biologist? 25:44
The importance of artists in science. 26:40
What advice do you have for someone wanting to become a biologist? 27:33
Sign-off 28:10

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Spiderman meets Spider-Man

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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