Principles of locomotion in confined spaces could help fire ant-inspired robot teams work underground (w/ video)
Future teams of subterranean search and rescue robots may owe their success to the lowly fire ant, a much-despised insect whose painful bites and extensive networks of underground tunnels are all-too-familiar ...
Researchers glue bar codes on to ants to study individual behavior within group (w/ video)
Team identifies new 'social' chromosome in the red fire ant
Researchers have discovered a social chromosome in the highly invasive fire ant that helps to explain why some colonies allow for more than one queen ant, and could offer new solutions for dealing with this ...
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 ...
Study finds more spending on fire suppression may lead to bigger fires
The "firefighting trap" is a term often used by business managers to describe a shortsighted cycle of problem-solving: dealing with "fires," or problems, as they arise, but failing to address the underlying ...
Third fire in Tesla Model S reported
A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.
Time is ripe for fire detection satellite, scientists say
As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it's time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite.
Tesla CEO says fire caused by impaled battery
The CEO of electric car company Tesla said Friday that a battery in a Model S that caught fire this week was apparently impaled by a metal object.
Tesla fire shows electrics face safety challenges
When debris on a Seattle-area freeway pierced the battery of a $70,000-plus Tesla Model S and touched off a raging fire, it raised new safety concerns for electric-vehicle owners.
Tesla says car fire began in battery after crash
A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames.
Review: New Kindle good contender for Amazon users
Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX tablet resembles Google's Nexus 7 in many ways—from its light weight to its sharp display. Both tablets run a version of Google's Android operating system, and they even have ...
Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HDX with 24/7 live help (Update)
Amazon is refreshing its lineup of tablet computers with new devices called Kindle Fire HDX, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation.
Alaska tundra shows surprising resilience after unprecedented fire
Despite the size and severity of the massive 2007 Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska's North Slope, much of the arctic vegetation has recovered and the tundra is likely to return to its pre-fire condition according ...
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 ...