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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 ...

dateJun 11, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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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 ...

dateNov 26, 2013 in General Physics
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Indoor wood-burning can affect air quality

(HealthDay)—Although many people enjoy gathering around a fire during cold winter months, fires that aren't built properly can affect air quality and people's health, according to the U.S. Environmental ...

dateJan 02, 2015 in Environment
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NASA image: Slide Fire update May 23, 2014

The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon into places such as West Fork and Harding Point. Currently it has burned 7,500 acres ...

dateMay 23, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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