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Animanimals: Ant

This team of leafcutter ants seems to be working well together, staying in step and following orders. But one ant is marching, bouncing, floating, and playing to its own beat. Can this team have fun and get the job do...

Sting, prey, raft: The successful behaviors of red imported fire ants

Is this one of the most detailed videos ever made of a fire ant stinging a human? In this Ant Lab video, Dr. Adrian Smith captures up-close footage of a red imported fire ant biting, licking, and stinging. He also doc...

How to turn garden clippings into striking insect sculptures

How does Montreal-based designer Raku Inoue create his striking ‘Natura Insects’ series of plant sculptures on Instagram? It starts with collecting and sorting interesting materials from his garden, going with the flo...

Raccoon and the Light

What happens when a raccoon finds an abandoned flashlight in the woods? Explore the dark and discover some of the creatures that live in it with Raccoon and the Light, an animated short by CalArts student Hanna Kim. ...

The Case For Eating Bugs

Ants on a log, sautéed grasshopper tacos, scorpion curry, larva lollipops. Eating insects (and arachnids) is called entomophagy and it's practiced by two billion people around the globe, "including North, Central, and...

How Ingenious Animals Have Engineered Air Conditioning

Termites, prairie dogs, and people are all great builders, each in their own way. We all share one crucial problem: Put a bunch of us in a closed space, breathing oxygen in, breathing CO2 out... it doesn't end well. ...

Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving

High up in the rainforest canopy of Panama's Barro Colorado Island, there are ants everywhere. Azteca ants—one kind of 30 different ant species that might be in a given tree—stand out because of their epic, 9 foot (2....

The Double-Crossing Ants to Whom Friendship Means Nothing

In the Tambopata National Reserve, located in the Peruvian Amazon, big-headed ants are 'hired' as bodyguards by young Inga trees who want to grow tall enough to reach the rainforest canopy. The rainforest is espec...

Stanford’s µTug microrobots can pull a car

Watch six of Stanford's µTug (MicroTug) robots pulling an unmodified 3,900lb (1,800kg) car thanks to special directional adhesive "shoes" and "a very long, very slow, but very steady winching gate." The six microTugs ...

Longhorn ‘Crazy Ants’ work erratically/cooperatively to carry loads

You never know where the inspiration to learn might come from. Take, for example, cat food pieces that appeared to "float" away from a cat's bowl... When scientist Ehud Fonio saw that longhorn 'crazy ants' -- know...

Why do Leafcutter Ants cut leaves and carry them away?

Where are the Leafcutter Ants carrying all those leaves to? They do drink the leaf sap, but they don't eat them, so what are the leaves for? File under composting and farming: It's all about growing a highly nutritiou...

Stanford’s MicroTug robot can pull 2,000x its weight on glass

Inspired by the incredible sticking power in ant feet and gecko toes, researchers at Stanford's Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab have developed directional adhesives that help this 12-gram µTug (MicroTug) rob...

eMotionButterflies & BionicANTs: Festo’s bionic insect collectives

Though they seem to move through the air with the individual, fluttery ease of their insect counterparts, these eMotionButterflies by Festo are made from ultralight materials and are networked to fly with a collective...

The Sticky Feet of Ants & Cockroaches – Cambridge Ideas

Have you ever watched an ant walk up a wall? Have you seen one upside down on a ledge while carrying something? How do insect feet stick like that?! Get a very close look at the minuscule foot anatomy of ants and cock...

Micromigrations: visualizing the flight paths of starlings

When this flight paths of starlings video by artist and professor Dennis Hlynsky went viral, it sparked a lot of questions for us: How did he make the visualizations? How do the starlings mov...

The Incredible Physics of Ants – ScienceTake

Are fire ants the oobleck of the animal world? The New York Times’ Science Take: The Incredible Physics of Ants looks into the fluid dynamics — yep, fluid dynamics — of these t...

The Giant Anteater – Songs for Unusual Creatures

Giant Anteaters get in on the fun (and some yogurt) as Michael Hearst and PBS Digital Studios return with Songs for Unusual Creatures. Michael visits the Nashville Zoo and then composes a song...

Spider attack

Enjoy this internet classic: Spider attack. A spider runs circles around its prey, an ant, to tie it up in webbing. Fascinating… and then surprising. In the archives: the wonder of spiders. Also, ants have had ...

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