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Ant Colony Evolution And Natural Selection
2013-05-16 08:44:57

City-states in ancient Greece that waited until their own harvest was in before attacking and destroying a rival community’s crops often experienced better long-term success. Ant colonies that show similar selectivity when gathering food have similar results.

Reproductive Workings Of A Harvester Ant Dynasty Uncovered By Stanford Scientist
2013-02-12 21:08:18

For the first time, scientists have measured how successfully a queen ant establishes new colonies.

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2011-06-08 11:08:52

Stanford sophomores studying ants in a summer course discovered that the local ants were using poison to kill invading Argentine ants.

2005-09-21 16:00:00

For the first time, scientists have identified an ant species that produces its own natural herbicide to poison unwanted plants.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.