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Australian Sugar Ants Walk In Circles When Lost
2012-11-12 10:45:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For us humans, being lost isn´t all that much fun, often leading us to walk around in circles as we try to find our way. Apparently, some animals follow similar patterns. Researchers studying Australian sugar ants have found that putting these social insects in an unfamiliar setting can immediately trigger a ℠lost´ reaction. Furthermore, their research shows that an ant´s habitat can determine how it navigates...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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