A thousand ants are being fitted with radio transmitters to help biologists in the north of England track their movement and communication habits. The scientists say the ants could provide valuable lessons for humans in improving telecommunications technology.
Reuters (Dec. 12, 2013) Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are spying on ant colonies, conducting research that could one day lead to the development of ant-like robots that work together as a team. But ... watch video
Reuters (Dec. 3, 2013) Research showing how fungus-farming ants allow parasites to pillage their crop and eat their offspring, in exchange for offering protection against an even more brutal enemy, is offering clues into ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Mar. 30, 2015) Industrious 3D printed bionic ants working together could toil in the factories of the future, says German technology company Festo. The robotic insects cooperate and coordinate their actions and ... watch video
Reuters - Light News Video Online (Aug. 19, 2015) Half a million ants take part in a "protest" at a German zoo calling for increased protection of the Amazon rainforest. Roselle Chen reports.
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Reuters (Apr. 16, 2013) Researchers from Georgia Tech University say a deadly seaweed is destroying coral reefs off Fiji because of over-fishing. After studying hours of video footage, the researchers found that the fish ... watch video
Nov. 24, 2015 Male fruit flies could find their chances of fathering offspring radically reduced if they are last in the queue to mate with promiscuous females before winter arrives, according to new ... read more
Nov. 23, 2015 Bioart ranges from bacterial manipulation to glowing rabbits, cellular sculptures, and -- in the case of artist Nina Sellars -- documentation of an ear prosthetic that was ... read more
Nov. 23, 2015 Rather than relying on a thick layer of body fat for insulation as many aquatic mammals do, some seabirds and semiaquatic mammals such as fur seals and otters trap a layer of air in their feathers ... read more
Nov. 24, 2015 Don't have room for dessert? The bacteria in your gut may be telling you something. Twenty minutes after a meal, gut microbes produce proteins that can suppress food intake ... read more
Nov. 24, 2015 Researchers report for the first time that the 'living' bridges army ants of the species Eciton hamatum build with their bodies are more sophisticated than scientists knew. ... read more
Aug. 21, 2015 Lycaenid butterfly larvae, which are in a symbiotic relationship with ants, can control the effect of dopamine by supplying the ants with nectar, new research shows. The results of this study provide ... read more
Feb. 18, 2015 Ants may use the corners of their nest as 'toilets,' according to a new study. Little research has been done on ant sanitary behavior, so the authors of this study conducted an experiment ... read more
Dec. 24, 2014 Unlike Derek Zoolander, ants don't have any difficulty turning left. New research has found that the majority of rock ants instinctively go left when entering unknown spaces. Around ten percent ... read more