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Kicker: A tangled web

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Scientists believe spiders may sleep–and dream–in a similar way to dogs and humans


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PAUL BUTLER, HOST: Your friendly neighborhood spider just might be a dreamer, according to a new study.

Researchers observed baby jumping spiders twitching their legs and flicking their eyes around at regular intervals all while they seemed to be asleep.

That according to a study published Monday in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Scientists still aren’t entirely sure that the spiders are sleeping, though it certainly seems they are.

The episodes appear similar to dogs’ and humans’ “REM” sleep cycles, which are often associated with dreaming.

That leads us to a question we may never know the answer to. What do spiders dream about?

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: I’m not sure I even want to know.

BUTLER: Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s a tangled web.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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