News tagged with colonies

Meet the "swarmies"- robotics' answer to bugs

(Phys.org) —A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien ...

dateAug 22, 2014 in Robotics
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Researchers discover the 'anternet'

(Phys.org)—On the surface, ants and the Internet don't seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out ...

dateAug 27, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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Mass extinction may not cause all organisms to 'shrink'

The sizes of organisms following mass extinction events may vary more than previously thought, which may be inconsistent with the predictions of the so-called 'Lilliput effect,' according to a study published in PLOS ONE on Feb ...

dateFeb 05, 2014 in Ecology
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How to start a termite 'orgy'

There are more than 3,000 species of ter­mites in the world, all living in social colonies with dis­tinct hier­ar­chies. They can be dev­as­tating pests, with the ability to destroy entire build­ings. ...

dateFeb 12, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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