Video: The life of an ant is just like a fun video game

I really enjoyed this video from Shiva Kumar and Siddharth Manugula about tracking the life of ants. It turns them into a video game of sorts, with battery life meters and Wi-Fi signaling and objectives and goals. It's also fun to see 'human' things get digitally imposed into their world like street lamps and mini… » 1/02/15 9:45pm 1/02/15 9:45pm

Seeing an ant drink water from up close is pretty fascinating

I don't know why I'm so mesmerized. Maybe because the ant looks positively alien from up close. Or maybe because I wish I could suck out and deflate the water I drink like a balloon letting out air instead of having to pour it in me like fuel. Whatever it is, it sure makes for a nice GIF. » 9/26/14 1:33am 9/26/14 1:33am

Watch ants work together beautifully to bring food home

It's always incredible to see ants work as a team by stringing their bodies together like a rope to pull something much heavier back home. It looks a lot like what us humans would do when we're trying to move something big. Ants, they're just like us! » 8/29/14 9:00pm 8/29/14 9:00pm

This Wasp Defends Its Home With the Cadavers of Its Victims

The "bone house" wasp (Deuteragenia ossarium) is named so because the newly classified species of spider wasp has adopted a unique method of protecting their nests—they simply fill the front hall with ant corpses. » 7/02/14 6:20pm 7/02/14 6:20pm

Frozen Ant Rafts Could Teach Us How to Make Self-Assembling Robots

A writhing mass of fire ants floating across the water is thing of horror and a marvel of engineering. But how do you study the architecture of ever-squirming ants? By flash-freezing them and coating in glue, as scientists did for a recent study. Ant rafts, it turns out, are more complicated than you might think, and… » 6/12/14 10:00am 6/12/14 10:00am

Where on Earth is this freaky lava pool? Why do people hate love locks? Is it true that fire ants love the suburbs? And what do the soon-to-be-lost sounds of the industrial age sound like? All your answers are here, in this week's landscape reads! » 4/08/14 3:22pm 4/08/14 3:22pm

Ants can incredibly flow like liquid or bunch together into a solid

The New York Times has a great little short about ants, specifically their ability to both flow like a liquid and become a solid ball. It's kind of gross but also pretty awesome in how twisted the duality is. Look at it above. On the left, it's a thick, syrupy liquid. On the right, it's a tight rubber ball. » 12/20/13 1:10am 12/20/13 1:10am

Parrots, Cats, Roaches, and Ants: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Feisty parrots, alien cockroaches, crazy ants, and cats bearing frankincense and myrrh. It's an all-animal edition of What's Ruining Our Cities! » 12/13/13 6:40pm 12/13/13 6:40pm

This amazing fruit fly evolved to have pictures of ants on its wings

This is unbelievable, but the fruit fly G tridens has somehow evolved to have what looks like pictures of ants on its wings. Seriously, its transparent wings have an ant design on them complete with "six legs, two antennae, a head, thorax and tapered abdomen." It's nature's evolutionary art painted on a fly's wings. » 11/08/13 9:06pm 11/08/13 9:06pm

Ants Will Give You Free Advertising If You Pee On The Billboard

Most people don't take a trip to the Amazon looking for publicity opportunities, but if you stumble on one you have to run with it, right? At Smarter Every Day, Destin and his rainforest guides took advantage of the complicated process leafcutter ants go through to forage for salt and got the ants to carry a little … » 5/26/13 6:15pm 5/26/13 6:15pm

Ants Have Been Using Internet Algorithms For Millions of Years

Mankind has been able to accomplish some pretty impressive things, but some of them were around long before we figured them out. Ants, for instance, hunt for food in a way that's basically the same as the Internet's Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), and they were doing it long before the Internet was around. » 8/26/12 4:00pm 8/26/12 4:00pm

Watch a Bunch of Fire Ants Destroy Technology

Fire Ants, those scorching stinging insects, have a strange attraction to technology but no one really knows why. From tearing up wires and creating short circuits, fire ants just love to destroy technology. Watch them in action in this video from BBC Earth. » 8/13/12 7:20pm 8/13/12 7:20pm

These Male Ants Are Copulating With a Dead Queen While a Spider Eats Her

These winged ants are copulating with their queen. Apparently, they didn't notice the big spider who is eating it from the top. Ants are really really really stupid or really really really perverted. » 3/23/12 4:33pm 3/23/12 4:33pm

Scientists Doom Us All by Engineering Gigantic Super Soldier Ants

It's the same old story. Scientists decide to see if they can make modify a species. Next thing you know, we're being chased down the street by giant super-intelligent super soldier ants. » 1/06/12 9:20pm 1/06/12 9:20pm

These Ants Terrorize Everything—Even Gadgets

It should first be stated that these ants aren't just crazy, they're scientifically crazy. Known as the Rasberry Crazy Ant, they've garnered a reputation in the US for moving in massive colonies and destroying everything in their path. And they're spreading. » 9/26/11 11:20am 9/26/11 11:20am

Elephants Are Terrified By Ants

The legend is that a mouse can freak out elephants, but the truth is that their worst enemy is much smaller: Ants. Elephants get scared of ants. That's what Jacob Goheen and Todd Palmer have discovered in Africa's sub-Saharian savanna. » 9/03/10 11:40am 9/03/10 11:40am

Ant Lifts Weight 100 Times Heavier Than Own Body Weight In Ant World's…

What you're looking at is not only the winner of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council photo competition, it's also the moment when humans became fearful of the mighty weightlifting ant race. » 2/24/10 9:20am 2/24/10 9:20am

Tokyo Street Watches Graph the Time, Shoot It, or Turn It Into Some Bugs

These watches from Tokyo Street take three novel approaches to telling time: one draws a target, the other makes a graph, and the last displays ants. Glowing, inscrutable little ants. » 12/04/08 7:17am 12/04/08 7:17am