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33rd Square | Ants Found To Be Way Stronger Than Initially Thought

33rd Square | Ants Found To Be Way Stronger Than Initially Thought | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
New research published last month showed that the neck joint of a common field ant can withstand 5,000 times the ant’s weight.
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excerpt: "Castro said that the research could be applied to creating robots that could lift and carry more efficiently, taking a nod from the ants’ hybrid soft-hard components. Researchers could also create better composite materials using the combination approach of soft and hard."


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Crazy ants dominate fire ants by neutralizing their venom

Crazy ants dominate fire ants by neutralizing their venom | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Invasive 'crazy ants' are rapidly displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern U.S. by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a University of Texas at Austin study published this week in the journal Science Express. It's the first known example of an insect with ...
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