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Scientists Dig Deep for Ants' Excavation Secrets

December 12, 2013
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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 first, the scientists want to know how the ants organize themselves to build their complex subterranean nests, and they're using old and new technologies to find out. Ben Gruber has more.

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