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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 ...

Jun 11, 2014
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Kangaroos win when Aborigines hunt with fire

Australia's Aboriginal Martu people hunt kangaroos and set small grass fires to catch lizards, as they have for at least 2,000 years. A University of Utah researcher found such man-made disruption boosts ...

Aug 04, 2014
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Wildfires projected to worsen with climate change

Research by environmental scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) brings bad news to the western United States, where firefighters are currently battling dozens of fires ...

Aug 28, 2013
2 / 5 (12) 25 | with audio podcast

Flexible, stretchable fire-ant rafts

What do Jell-O, toothpaste, and floating fire-ant rafts have in common? All are so-called "viscoelastic" materials, meaning that they can both resist flow under stress, like honey, and they can bounce back ...

Nov 26, 2013
4.3 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast