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Discovering Why And How Swarming Evolved
2013-06-05 14:46:40

Michigan State University Many animals — from locusts to fish — live in groups and swarm, but scientists aren't sure why or how this behavior evolved. Now a multidisciplinary team of Michigan State University scientists has used a model system to show for the first time that predator confusion can make prey evolve swarming behavior. Swarming allows groups of animals to accomplish tasks that they can't do alone, such as defending themselves from a much larger predator....

Satellite Imagery Helps North Africa Fight Locust Plagues
2013-04-08 09:14:54

TechnologyNewsroom DMC International Imaging (DMCii) is helping The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) to predict the spread of locust plagues across North Africa as part of a pro-active approach to tackle the destructive phenomenon using satellite imagery. Every year, North Africa is subjected to locust plagues that threaten to decimate crops and endanger countries´ food security. The satellite imagery is used to assess vegetation conditions, which helps to predict the locations of...

Robot Ants Learn To Navigate A Maze
2013-03-29 10:50:18

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It´s commonly known that ants navigate by scent. As each ant randomly wanders in search for food or shelter, it leaves behind a trail of pheromones which other ants will then follow. The result is that famous line of ants leading to a family picnic or a particularly sticky spill. Though this behavior has been observed for centuries, it´s something which Simon Garnier from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and...

Swarms Of Tiny Robots May Be The Wave Of The Future
2013-03-28 14:55:21

Watch the video "Robot Swarms" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Sheffield in the UK are currently developing robot swarms that could eventually lead to a better understanding of how a group of machines could work in concert to accomplish a given task. The robotics team has been working with a group of 40 robots capable of acting as a group to perform tasks such as pushing an object across a floor. “There are a lot of swarm...

Status Means Being Heard For Ant Pupae
2013-02-08 15:31:26

Cell Press For young ants at the pupal stage of life–caught between larva and adulthood–status is all about being heard. The findings, reported online on February 7 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, add to evidence that ants can communicate abstract information through sound in addition to chemical cues. "One of the truly fascinating characteristics of social insects is their power of self-organization, which allows their societies to achieve amazing feats way...

National Geographic Celebrates 125 Years Of Scientific Exploration
2013-01-12 10:21:34

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online This Sunday, The National Geographic Society will celebrate 125 years of intrepid exploration, pioneering science journalism and dazzling photography. If you´re like us, you can scarcely hear the name “National Geographic” without immediately calling to mind a vision of the magazine´s iconic yellow border framing some breathtaking image or hearing Elmer Bernstein´s rousing fanfare...


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Red Locust, Nomadacris septemfasciata
2013-07-10 15:41:21

The red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata) is a species of grasshopper that is native to Sub-Saharan Africa, where it prefers to swarm moist areas like seasonal floodplains. It can be found in areas with grain, its main food source, and areas with some tree cover. Adults are typically brownish-tan in color and can reach an average body length between 2.4 and 3.3 inches depending upon the sex, with females growing larger. Young individuals of this species can vary in color depending upon which...

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