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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Ants from the University of Illinois Extension
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New Montana ant species emerge from 46-million-year-old rock

New Montana ant species emerge from 46-million-year-old rock | All About Ants | Scoop.it
She was a stunning brown queen; drowned some 46 million years ago in a shallow lake in Montana. Her remains, recently recovered along the Flathead …
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Rock ant decisions swayed by six-legged social media

Rock ant decisions swayed by six-legged social media | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Rock ant decisions swayed by six-legged social media
Collective choice changes when scouts say ‘follow me’
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Someday Scientists Could Reprogram Carpenter Ants To Do Our Bidding

Someday Scientists Could Reprogram Carpenter Ants To Do Our Bidding | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found a way to modify the behavior of carpenter ants using epigenetics—the science of how a gene gets turned into a physical body part or a character trait. They reported their findings last week in the journal Science. Are you ready to be a Beastmaster?
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Reprogram ants?

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Two New Species of Door Head Ants Found in Kenya and the Ivory Coast

Two New Species of Door Head Ants Found in Kenya and the Ivory Coast | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Most ant species have only two castes: reproductives and workers. Reproductives help to sustain the colony by laying eggs, while workers forage for food, care for the young, and defend the colony.

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Plant uses raindrops to eat ants

Plant uses raindrops to eat ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

A carnivorous pitcher plant uses power from falling raindrops to fling ants to their doom, biologists have discovered.

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How Ants Keep Clean and Safe

How Ants Keep Clean and Safe | All About Ants | Scoop.it
For many insects, cleanliness means survival. Dirty antennas don’t pick up scents, and that’s how ants, in particular, navigate and communicate.
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How Crazy Ants Carry Heavy Loads

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July 28, 2015 - Ants are most effective when they work in organized groups, according to a study recently published in the journal Nature Communications. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have shown that when longhorn crazy ants follow a strategy of scout-leader and carriers, they can transport food and other objects that far outweigh what a single ant could move.

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Bugs to biofuels

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Gina Lewin talks about research being conducted with Currie Lab leaf cutter ants and how these ants can help create a more sustainable and economical biofuel.
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Creature Feature: Ants Don’t Have Traffic Jams

Creature Feature: Ants Don’t Have Traffic Jams | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Drivers in Miami, Florida, spend almost 50 hours a year stuck in traffic. New York City drivers spend close to 60 hours. Washington, DC, drivers honk their horns for a whopping 65 hours per year. The leafcutter ant? Zero hours. Ants avoid traffic jams all while carrying food for their colonies, navigating miles of terrain, and coordinating with tens of thousands of other ants.
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Study: Some Ants Have More Taste for Human Food Than Others

Study: Some Ants Have More Taste for Human Food Than Others | All About Ants | Scoop.it

It's not just people who love the food in New York City. So do certain ants. 

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Researchers nearly double the size of worker ants

Researchers nearly double the size of worker ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Researchers have changed the size of a handful of Florida ants by chemically modifying their DNA, rather than by changing its encoded information. The work is the latest advance from a field known as epigenetics and may help explain how the insects—despite their high degree of genetic similarity—grow into the different varieties of workers needed in a colony.

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Super-strong ant shows its power by lifting body of creature twice its size

Super-strong ant shows its power by lifting body of creature twice its size | All About Ants | Scoop.it
 

 

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How an Ant Colony Reacts When It Finds Food

How an Ant Colony Reacts When It Finds Food | All About Ants | Scoop.it

When ants find food on the ground, they follow specific steps for getting it back to their home, a technical strategy is followed to help get as much of it back to their home as possible. Between brute force and pheromones, there’s practically nothing these ants can’t handle. #ants


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Pharaoh ants plague our kitchens in search of food

Pharaoh ants plague our kitchens in search of food | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Pharaoh ants (Monomorium pharonis Linn.) are, arguably, the most ubiquitous ant species in the world. They were first described in 1758 from specimens acquired in Egypt. From their location and their ability to make life miserable for us humans, they were thought to be one of the Biblical plagues set upon ancient Egypt.

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NC State scientists study the odor of ants

NC State scientists study the odor of ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Ants have strong odors. Crush one and you’ll detect notes of citrus, vinegar, chocolate, or any multitude of other aromas – depending on the species.
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Learning from ants how to build transportation networks

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Using mathematical modeling and field data, researchers at the mathematics department at Uppsala University have found the basic rules that allow ants to build efficient and low cost transport networks without discarding robustness. 

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How Ants Take Care of Their Farms

Hundreds of ant species have been farming for tens of millions of years.

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The ants that self medicate

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Ants can self medicate with a toxic substance when exposed to a deadly fungus, a new study finds
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World's first ant map launched in Hong Kong

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The world's first ever ant map, showing the distribution of the tiny industrious creatures around the globe, has been launched by the University of Hong Kong

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Life Lessons We Can Learn From Ants

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Ants are more successful as a species than we are. What can they teach us?
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Watch: Ants Use Giant Jaws to Catapult Out of Death Trap

Watch: Ants Use Giant Jaws to Catapult Out of Death Trap | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Trap-jaw ants can escape predators' sand pits by using their powerful jaws to fling themselves away from danger, a new study finds.
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Leaf Cutter Ants Cause Sink Hole in Lexington, Texas Neighborhood

Leaf Cutter Ants Cause Sink Hole in Lexington, Texas Neighborhood | All About Ants | Scoop.it
Cutter Ants Cause Sink Hole in Neighborhood
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AntWeb: Online database of images, specimen records, and natural history information on ants

AntWeb: Online database of images, specimen records, and natural history information on ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

AntWeb is the world's largest online database of images, specimen records, and natural history information on ants.

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Hydrogel baits offer novel way to manage invasive ants

Hydrogel baits offer novel way to manage invasive ants | All About Ants | Scoop.it

Water-storing crystals known as hydrogels can effectively deliver pesticide bait to invasive Argentine ants, quickly decimating a colony.

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