What Ants Can Teach Us About Avoiding Traffic Jams

A physicist at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology has developed a model that could explain how ants handle traffic congestion better than humans. » 1/24/15 11:00am 1/24/15 11:00am

Ants like to turn left when they're exploring new places. So like many creatures, ants exhibit behavioral lateralization, in which directional biases are built-in. Researchers aren't sure why ants prefer left, but turning in one evolutionary agreed-upon direction may help them search and exit maze-like spaces, or… » 12/29/14 3:40pm 12/29/14 3:40pm

No, That Wasn't A Gamergate Reference On Last Night's Adventure Time

Or rather it was, just not the Gamergate concerned with video games. Remember kids, gamergate is also a type of ant. » 11/29/14 2:00pm 11/29/14 2:00pm

Today's Word is Autothysis. It Means Exploding Yourself.

Autothysis means to explode yourself, and not the wimpy way with some device or chemical. Animals that practice autothysis — and they are all insects — rupture their own internal glands or organs with such force that their insides burst through their own exoskeletons. » 11/17/14 6:20am 11/17/14 6:20am

An Ant With A Parasitic Mite Stuck To Its Head Preserved In Amber

This ancient ant and its parasitic companion became locked together in amber about 44 to 49 million years ago. It's the oldest known example of a mite attached to its victim. » 9/10/14 11:20am 9/10/14 11:20am

One Of The Best Examples Of Collective Intelligence You'll Ever See

Individual ants are not very smart, but ants working together in a colony are capable of extraordinary feats. Case in point is this remarkable video in which a colony of ants have transformed into a daisy chain to pull a dead millipede — behavior that's never been seen before. » 9/01/14 8:30am 9/01/14 8:30am

Ants make their rafts float by putting the buoyant babies at the bottom

If you decided to build a raft, where would you put your young? Would you stick them in the middle of the raft to protect them, or place them around the base of the raft to help it float? That depends on whether you're an ant. » 2/19/14 6:00pm 2/19/14 6:00pm

Invasive 'crazy ants' are nastier and far tougher than we imagined

There's an arms race going on right now between two species of invading ants, the tawny crazy ant and the fire ant. These arch-rivals are currently warring for dominance in the southern U.S., but it now appears the crazies are going to win — the result of a remarkable chemical defensive measure. » 2/13/14 11:20am 2/13/14 11:20am

What the hell are 800 ants doing on the International Space Station?

No, it's not a scene from a classic Simpson's episode, but rather an experiment that could lead to highly adaptable robots. » 1/20/14 2:33pm 1/20/14 2:33pm

Add this to the ever-growing list of reasons ants are incredible

This video from The New York Times on the physics of fire ants is absolutely captivating. Who knew large numbers of ants could ooze, sludge-like, from a funnel, or spring back, rubber-like, when subjected to compressive forces? » 12/27/13 12:50pm 12/27/13 12:50pm

8 Glitches in Animal Behavior That Can End in Catastrophe

Instincts are great, except for those unfortunate times when they make an animal go completely haywire, sometimes with disastrous results. Here are eight bizarre glitches that cause animals to do some very strange things — some of them even fatal. » 11/01/13 10:00am 11/01/13 10:00am

New game creates a hive mind out of Google Glass users

By encouraging Glass users to behave and work like virtual ants, a new game called Swarm! is showing the tremendous potential for augmented reality to bring crowdsourcing to the next level — if not to humanity itself. » 8/06/13 4:40pm 8/06/13 4:40pm

Macrophotographs of ant warfare are downright epic

"The worst enemies of ants are often other ants," writes entomologist-cum-photographer Alex Wild. And what brutally savage enemies they are. » 7/28/13 11:25am 7/28/13 11:25am

Leafcutter ants carry signs made out of leaves in a tiny protest rally

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund, these ants have taken up leafy signs, laser-cut with phrases like "Save trees!" and "Ban the saw!" and marched in their own protest rally. » 7/14/13 9:00am 7/14/13 9:00am

Holy crap, this ant's jaws are like a freaking bear trap

Everyone, these are trap-jaw ants. The two featured here are fighting. Watch them closely – even in slow motion, the the spring-loaded snap of a trap-jaw's maw is powerful enough to send both ants twirling in opposite directions in the blink of an eye. » 4/26/13 9:20am 4/26/13 9:20am

Can ants predict earthquakes?

Researchers from Germany say that red wood ants change their behavior markedly just before an earthquake hits — a possible indication they can feel it coming. » 4/12/13 4:20pm 4/12/13 4:20pm

Engineers Build The First Robot Ant Society

By using ten tiny robots equipped with light sensors and an exceedingly simple set of rules, scientists have successfully replicated the navigational behavior of colony ants. The breakthrough could result in more efficient transportation systems for humans — but it also gives us a new understanding of how these… » 3/29/13 11:00am 3/29/13 11:00am