ants

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Army ant bridge-buliding algorithm

Army ants function without a leader and yet accomplish very organized-looking things, such as building bridges across gaps: Researchers from the Swarm Lab believe they can break down the bridge-building process into a simple, two-rule system. Rule 1: If fellow ants are walking over you, stay put. Rule 2: If the number of ants walking over you isn’t higher than some rate, get moving again. Full paper here (pdf). Tags:...

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Ant time-lapse shows movement patterns

Ant activity can seem mysterious at times. The pack seems to start out slow as a few head out in your house in search for food. Before you know it, the entire colony is en route to a few crumbs that your toddler dropped on the floor a few hours ago. Such a pain — but at the same time kind of impressive. Simon Garnier, an assistant professor at the...

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Ant time-lapse shows movement patterns

Ant activity can seem mysterious at times. The pack seems to start out slow as a few head out in your house in search for food. Before you know it, the entire colony is en route to a few crumbs that your toddler dropped on the floor a few hours ago. Such a pain — but at the same time kind of impressive. Simon Garnier, an assistant professor at the...

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