Argentine ant genome sheds light on a successful pest
(PhysOrg.com) -- A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University has unlocked the genetic code of the highly invasive Argentine ant, providing ...
Next generation of algorithms inspired by problem-solving ants
(PhysOrg.com) -- An ant colony is the last place you'd expect to find a maths whiz, but University of Sydney researchers have shown that the humble ant is capable of solving difficult mathematical problems.
Ants take on Goliath role in protecting trees in the savanna from elephants
(PhysOrg.com) -- Ants are not out of their weight class when defending trees from the appetite of nature's heavyweight, the African elephant, a new University of Florida study finds.
Plant and animal in direct competition for food
Wingless ants glide to safety steering with their hind legs (w/ Video)
Study shows corpse removal in ant colonies is a survival advantage
Science and cookies: Researchers tap into citizen science to shed light on ant diversity
Scientists from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida have combined cookies, citizen science and robust research methods to track the diversity of ant species across the United States, ...
All together now: A lesson from Space Station 'ant-stronauts'
A recent study on the International Space Station brings to mind Aesop's fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, and it is pretty amazing what we can learn from these industrious insects. The activities of ...
Going inside an ant raft (w/ Video)
Three years ago, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers took a close look at how fire ants work together to build waterproof rafts to stay alive. By looking at the edges and tops of rafts, the team discov ...
Researchers find bundled team swimming in ant spermatozoa increases speed
Dopamine turns worker ants into warrior queens
(Phys.org) —The ritualized fighting behavior of one ant species is linked to increases in dopamine levels that trigger dramatic physical changes in the ants without affecting their DNA, according to research ...
Timid jumping spider uses ant as bodyguard
A timid jumping spider uses the scent of ants as a secret weapon to save itself from becoming the somewhat soggy prey of the predatory spitting spider. The downside to this plan is that jumping spiders are ...
With their amazing necks, ants don't need 'high hopes' to do heavy lifting
High hopes may help move a rubber tree plant (as the old song goes), but the real secret to the ant's legendary strength may lie in its tiny neck joint.
How to get ants to solve a chess problem
Take a set of chess pieces and throw them all away except for one knight. Place the knight on any one of the 64 squares of a chess board.