After their queen dies, Indian jumping ant workers brawl for a month to find a new leader. Researchers say they can predict who'll win by day three.
Feb. 22, 2021 • ~6 min
Harvard researcher tracks globally invasive ant population to Bangladesh.
Feb. 1, 2021 • ~9 min
Invasive tawny crazy ants have an intense craving for calcium – with implications for their spread in the US
The spread of tawny crazy ants may be driven, in part, by their need for calcium.
Jan. 21, 2021 • ~5 min
For some sand-dwelling plants, stickiness is a defense tactic that keeps predators at bay.
Jan. 20, 2021 • ~6 min
Ants have been farmers for tens of millions of years and have even solved a problem we haven't. They know how to cultivate climate-resilient crops.
Nov. 5, 2020 • ~6 min
New insights into how ants and bacteria became a single organism may lead to a better understanding of the origin of complex organisms, researchers report.
Sept. 8, 2020 • ~6 min
Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
April 3, 2020 • ~8 min
A new study of big-headed turtle ands shows "the space that evolution has to play with is actually quite a bit larger than previously thought."
March 10, 2020 • ~4 min
When an intruding ant enters a colony, ants don't jump to action to defend their home right away. The right smell has to "unlock" their aggression.
Feb. 4, 2020 • ~4 min
"The same equations that Turing used for chemistry, we can use in ecology." Here's how they apply to the complex ecosystems on coffee farms.
Dec. 13, 2019 • ~7 min