November 26, 2013

Fire Ants Being Smashed by Petri Dish

Researchers found the rafts actively reorganize their structure, a feat that allows them to more effectively cushion themselves against applied forces, such as the battering of raindrops or the surges of waves. Here, a fire ant clot is compressed by a petri dish. Note that the ant clot bounces back in a few seconds after the force is taken away.

Credit: Hu/Georgia Tech

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