In the March Discover Magazine:
1 The venom of the Australian funnel-web spider can kill a person in less than an hour, and its fangs can bite right through a shoe.
2 But for most people, fear of spiders is a far greater problem than the spiders themselves. Researchers at the University of São Paulo have developed an improbable way to undo arachnophobia by having patients stare at pictures of “spiderlike” objects—a tripod, a carousel, a person with dreadlocks.
3 Quackery? Apparently not. In a 2007 study, the scientists reported a 92 percent success rate.
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