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Neck Joint The Key To An Ant’s Strength

February 13, 2014

Researchers at Ohio State University revealed that an ant’s strength may come from its tiny neck joint. They wanted to see how the mechanics of the ant could be applied to robotic technology so robots can carry heavier payloads in space and on Earth. In their study they were shocked to find that the ant is even stronger than previously thought, able to withstand pressures up to 5,000 times its weight. They think it’s the graded and gradual transition between the hard head and the soft-tissue neck that provides enhanced performance. I’ll spare you the details on how exactly they came to this conclusion, but this is what one researcher had to say, “If you want to understand something you take it apart, that might sound kind of cruel, but we did anesthetize them first.”

[ Read the Article: Ants Depend On A Tiny Neck Joint To Do Heavy Lifting: Study ]