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The Simple Algorithm That Ants Use to Build Bridges | Quanta Magazine
"When traffic over their backs is above a certain level, they hold in place, but when it dips below some threshold — perhaps because too many other ants are now occupied in bridge-building themselves — the ant unfreezes and rejoins the march."
ants  emergence  architecture 
august 2018 by kevan
'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite | EurekAlert! Science News
"Almost like a puppeteer pulls the strings to make a marionette move, the fungus controls the ant's muscles to manipulate the host's legs and mandibles."
parasites  ants  fungi  puppets 
november 2017 by kevan
The sound of one ant walking – inside the world of a wildlife audio expert | Radio Times
"But sometimes I can say to a producer, 'Look I've got this recording of an ant walking, you can hear its individual footfalls, can you get some pictures to go with that?' It's always too great a challenge for them, but I love asking because I'm always asked to do the reverse."
ants  sound 
february 2013 by kevan
Return of the super ants : Nature News & Comment
"By dabbing larvae with methoprene, a chemical that mimics juvenile hormone, Abouheif and his team could induce supersoldiers in species that normally lack them."
ants  genetics  evolution  war  via:ole 
january 2012 by kevan
ANTS in my scanner > a five years time-lapse! on Vimeo
"I installed an ant colony inside my scanner five years ago. I scanned the nest each week."
ants  time  videos  via:zarba 
august 2010 by kevan
Smelling scenery in stereo: Desert ants perceive odor maps in navigation
"Spatial perception can easily be acquired if two separate sensory organs are available, such as two eyes for visual orientation. [...] Stereo smelling in animals is not new -- rats and humans are thought to have this ability as well."
ants  smell  rodents  via:rhwe 
march 2010 by kevan
Respect For the Fungus Overlords | The Loom | Discover Magazine
"The spores penetrate an insect’s exoskeleton and then work their way into its body, where fungus then starts to grow. Meanwhile, the insect wanders up a plant and clamps down, whereupon Cordyceps grows a long stalk that sprouts of the dead host’s body. It can then shower down spores on unfortunate insects below."
ants  parasites  brains  death 
august 2009 by kevan
BBC - Earth News - Ant mega-colony takes over world
"Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another."
ants  world  genetics  apocalypse 
july 2009 by kevan
Billions of electronic-eating 'crazy rasberry ants' invade Texas - Times Online
"Billions of tiny reddish-brown ants have arrived onshore from a cargo ship and are hell-bent on eating anything electronic."
ants  technology  apocalypse  america 
may 2008 by kevan
From Ants to People, an Instinct to Swarm - New York Times
"In one version of the experiment, each person was instructed simply to stay with the group. As Dr. Couzin’s model predicted, they tended to circle around in a doughnut-shaped flock."
emergence  ants  science 
november 2007 by kevan
War of the Monsters (PS2)
A fairly standard combo-pushing beat-em-up, but the scale, destructability and pick-up-and-throw-ability of the environment makes it more entertaining. The physics are good enough to be funny, and the giant ant handles nicely.
gamelog  3stars  monsters  cities  demolition  ants  lizards  robots  apes 
august 2007 by kevan
The Biology of B-Movie Monsters
"The upshot of all this is that Mothra is going to have to add a lot of tracheal tubes to maintain a sufficient oxygen supply."
monsters  films  science  physics  octopuses  ants  apes  insects  via:joshua 
september 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ants 'use an internal pedometer'
"[Scientists] set some ants off on a foraging trip along a tunnel, but once they had reached the food their legs were manipulated to either make them longer by adding stilts, or shorter by partially amputating them."
ants  walking  limbs  via:holly 
june 2006 by kevan
MSN-Mainichi Daily News: Photo Specials - Ant World Cup
Cruel-sounding ant football. "The organizers of the game used this natural ability to make the ants 'ant-agonize' each other, by feeding the Japanese team with Kagoshima pork and the Brazilian team with spare ribs in order to alter the ants' pheromones."
ants  sport  photos  via:wmmna 
june 2006 by kevan
BIOONE Online Journals - The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius
Plaster-casts of ant nests. A horribly apocalyptic-sounding idea. "The sandy soils of the Florida coastal plains allow the plaster slurry to displace the air within the chambers, filling them completely."
ants  architecture  metal  photos  science 
may 2006 by kevan
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Full text online, including a chapter on ant trails I'd forgotten about; making them leave his larder by setting up fake sugar sources and ferrying them around on folded paper.
books  science  ants 
december 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Ants use herbicide on their gardens
"[Myrmelachista schumanni] could be responsible for cultivating large clumps of trees in the Amazonian rainforest that are made up almost entirely of one species, Duroia hirsuta, which, according to local legend, are cultivated by an evil forest spirit."
ants  plants  poison  religion 
september 2005 by kevan
New Scientist: Killer tree-ants snare prey in gruesome traps
"The ants are always hiding just under the holes, waiting with their mandibles open. When an insect arrives they immediately grab the legs and antennae [...] stretching it out as though being tortured on a mediaeval rack."
ants  death  construction  plants  insects  via:holly 
april 2005 by kevan
Science News Online: Cops with Six Legs
"Punishment among insects is meted out by ordinary workers - and sometimes the queen herself - says Wenseleers, who has watched dozens of hours of black-and-white videos from infrared security cameras that he's trained on nests of tree wasps."
bees  wasps  ants  surveillance  crime  police 
march 2005 by kevan
The Onion A.V. Club | Will Wright Interview
"It surprised me that no one had ever done a game about ants, and I kept waiting and waiting, and they never did. So it felt like something that I had to do, because I wanted to play it."
games  interviews  ants  society  cities 
february 2005 by kevan
Xtreme Ant Farm at 24Hours7Days
"Xtreme Ants features highly detailed Xtreme Sports Park with trick towers, vertical ramps, gravity loops, climbing wall, bungee ravine, street luge speedway, and BMX biking arena."
ants  cities  lunacy  sport 
december 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Super ant colony hits Australia
Genetically-similar imported ant colonies merge to form a single, giant ant utopia, instead of fighting each other like they're supposed to.
ants  apocalypse  australia  cities  genetics 
august 2004 by kevan
The Antser Ant-Proof Barrier
Plastic tray with a built-in moat, to discourage foraging ants. But would it work on a determined army?
ants  war 
june 2004 by kevan
Hidden Empires - printable board game
"Each player assumes the role of an ant colony."
ants  board  games  todo 
april 2004 by kevan

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