This interesting story came across my newsfeed:
The universe is permeated by a vast, invisible web, its tendrils weaving through space. But despite organizing the matter we see in space, this dark web is invisible. That’s because it is made up of dark matter, which exerts a gravitational pull but emits no light. That is, the web was invisible until now. For the first time, researchers have illuminated some of the darkest corners of the universe.
I mean, isn’t it funny how science is just now starting to catch up to shit our ancestors grasped thousands of years ago?
Relatedly, a spider’s web is part of its mind, new research suggests:
Spiders, it turns out, appear to possess an extraordinary form of consciousness that we’re only beginning to understand, and it has to do with their webs, reports New Scientist. Researchers are slowly coming around to the idea that spider webbing is an essential part of these creatures’ cognitive apparatus. The animals don’t just use their webs to sense with; they use them to think. It’s part of a theory of mind known as “extended cognition,” and humans utilize it too.