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2009-05-06 07:53:45

UC Riverside entomologists offer evidence for a mechanism: decrease in chemical signals produced by living ants When an ant dies in an ant nest or near one, its body is quickly picked up by living ants and removed from the colony, thus limiting the risk of colony infection by pathogens from the corpse. The predominant understanding among entomologists "“ scientists who study insects "“ was that dead ants release chemicals created by decomposition (such as fatty acids) that signal...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.