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Shhh, the Ants Are Talking

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If you want to survive as an ant, you'd better get ready to make some noise. A new study shows that even ant pupae—a stage between larvae and adult—can communicate via sound, and that this communication can be crucial to their survival.

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On The Ant Highway, There's Never A Backup

On The Ant Highway, There's Never A Backup | All About Ants | Scoop.it
A team of Indian physicists has made a mathematical model that purports to explain why ants don't have traffic jams. NPR's Joe Palca explains as
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The Cliff-Diving Ant of Madagascar Heroically Protects its Nest

The Cliff-Diving Ant of Madagascar Heroically Protects its Nest | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Dr. Fisher and his colleagues painstakingly observed the new species’ bold defense against invaders — a behavior they call “cliff-jumping” in the journal Insectes Sociaux.

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Ants Usually Turn Left While Exploring

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It's a sinister version of human's tendency towards right-handedness
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Ants clean tons of trash from New York City streets each year

Ants clean tons of trash from New York City streets each year | All About Ants | Scoop.it
New research says ants and other insects play a significant role in cleaning up after the city's litterbugs
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Chimpanzees have favourite tools for hunting ants

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The behaviour of West African chimps using Alchornea hirtella shoots to hunt fierce army ants (pictured) was captured on camera in Guinea's Nimba Mountains.
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California Highway Patrol officer saves man's life in ant attack

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Ant attack brings CHP officer to the rescue
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Ants have big impact on environment as 'ecosystem engineers'

Ants have big impact on environment as 'ecosystem engineers' | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Research on the impact of ants on their local environment has revealed they play an important role. They have a dual effect on their local ecosystem which affects both the density and diversity of other species around them, including animals much higher up the food chain.
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Are all the ants as heavy as all the humans?

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"If we were to weigh all the ants in the world, they would weigh as much as all of the people," said wildlife presenter Chris Packham recently in BBC Four's The Wonder Of Animals: Ants. But is this statement true?

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Invading ant threatens unique African ecosystem

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By wiping out native species, an immigrant unleashes a cascade of ecological damage
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Ants Marching Relentlessly in Search of Water During Drought in California

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The ants are marching this summer, in search of water with the drought parched dirt they normally live in coming up dry after three years of barely any rain.
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When Crazy Ants Brawl With Fire Ants, They Produce a Substance Never Found Before in Nature

When Crazy Ants Brawl With Fire Ants, They Produce a Substance Never Found Before in Nature | All About Ants | Scoop.it
When crazy ants and fire ants brawl, something incredible happens.
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Could ants change the course of climate change?

Could ants change the course of climate change? | All About Ants | Scoop.it
These small insects may have a big impact on soil components that help cool the Earth
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Pitcher plants in Borneo appear to be smarter than the ants that they trap

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Pitcher plants in Borneo appear to be smarter than the ants that they trap
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Off with Their Heads! Tiny Flies Decapitate Ants for Dinner

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There are tiny tropical flies that turn fire ants into zombies with larvae that eat the ant's brain. But wait: This fly story gets even better. Researchers have discovered a related group of female flies that bite off ant heads and then haul them away for dinner.

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Bears Munching on Ants Indirectly Help Plants

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A link uncovered by a graduate student shows that plants have bears to thank for trimming them of ants — and another pesky species

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Fungus Farming Ants Selectively Grow Their Crops

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Little did you know that humans were not the first farmers. A lineage of ants based in South America has been known to cultivate their own food using a selective process that produces a high-yield fungus. Now researchers have found that not only have these ants been doing this for the greater part of 50 million years, but they have actually improved the practice over time.
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These ant queens compete with other species by becoming ‘sperm parasites’

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These ant queens compete with other species by becoming ‘sperm parasites’
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Study: Big-headed ants grow bigger when faced with fierce competitors

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Big-headed ants get their name from the soldier ants, left, which are larger than other workers and have disproportionately sized heads.

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The ant that is the hottest insect in the world

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One record-breaking ant can survive the hottest temperatures on earth
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Ants blamed for traffic signal damage

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The city of Visalia is readying to repair significant damage to signals at a busy intersection that public works officials say was caused by ants. Repairs could cost up to $10,000

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Tree-Protecting Ants Can't Protect Themselves

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Tree-Protecting Ants Can't Protect Themselves
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In the savannas of Eastern Africa, ants live in the thorny, hollow bulbs of acacia trees and feed on the trees' nectar.
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Meet the 'bad ant' that's overwhelming California

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For the past two weeks, I have been at war against a seemingly endless pint-size army. "The Argentine ant is a species introduced to our environment - and it has invaded our ant fauna," said Brian Fisher, curator of entomology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. 

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This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolution - Smithsonian (blog)

Smithsonian Science This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolution Smithsonian (blog) German researcher Christian Rabeling was digging up ant colonies on a college campus in Brazil when he found something unexpected—certain ants...
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Carpenter ants live in wood

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Have you ever looked into an old tree cavity and seen large ants? You are likely looking at carpenter ants...

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