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Yes, that ant does smell like blue cheese

If you live in the United States, you've probably seen an odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) – one of the most common ants in the country. And for more than 50 years they've been described as smelling ...

dateJun 08, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Ants' movements hide mathematical patterns

When ants go exploring in search of food they end up choosing collective routes that fit statistical distributions of probability. This has been demonstrated by a team of mathematicians after analysing the ...

dateMay 12, 2015 in Mathematics
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Extreme excavation: Fire ant style

Fans of The Lord of the Rings may disagree, but when it comes to exquisite excavation, the dwarves of Moria have nothing on the mighty fire ants of Georgia Tech. But Dan Goldman and Michael Goodisman aren't fascinated by ...

dateMay 06, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Evolution puts checks on virgin births

It seems unnatural that a species could survive without having sex. Yet over the ages, evolution has endowed females of certain species of amphibians, reptiles and fish with the ability to clone themselves, ...

dateApr 17, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Infectious ants become antisocial

Looking after yourself, and trying not to infect others, is a good strategy to prevent disease from spreading - not only if you are a considerate co-worker, but also if you are an ant, meerkat or other social animal, as revealed ...

dateApr 14, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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