Medicine: Schizoid Spiders

In Los Angeles' Kerckhoff Mansion, which belongs to the University of Southern California, 70 small spiders (Zilla x-notata) are living in pampered luxury. Their room is air-conditioned, and every day delicious flies are handed to them alive. They have little paper cones to live in and water to drink from cups made of soda straws. Being creatures of inflexible habit, they spin beautifully regular webs in frames supplied for the purpose.

Master of the spiders is Neuropsychiatrist Nicholas Bercel, who had them collected under wharves in Monterey and is using them as sensitive...

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