The 'zombie ant fungus' can infect ants and control their behavior, but it does all of this without infecting their brains, a new study finds. Here's how researchers came to this conclusion.
Animals November 11, 2017
Researchers used CRISPR to remove a gene in ants that allow them to sense the pheromones they also use to communicate with other ants. Without it, the mutant ants were less sociable, were strange in behavior, and had altered brain shapes.
Animals August 11, 2017
A study revealed that like humans, ants too rescued and helped their fallen members during a battle. However, unlike human beings, ants saved their comrades for the colony's benefit and not out of empathy.
Animals April 13, 2017
Ants have been the perfect representation of hard workers everywhere but a recent study reveals that colonies actually support worker inactivity in order to increase productivity.
Animals March 19, 2017
A new research has revealed that ants use celestial cues and memorize their surroundings to navigate their movements. The study also said ants decouple their direction of travel from the body orientation.
Animals January 22, 2017
Some nine species of desert bees have been discovered by researchers from the Utah State University. Belonging to the vast genus Perdita, the new bees are part of the desert bees of United States, in which the researchers found ant-like males as a peculiarity.
Animals December 27, 2016
A species of ants in the Fiji Islands have been growing and nurturing fruit plants for millions of years, long before ancient humans discovered farming. Researchers point to a profound relationship between these ants and the plants they nurture.
Animals November 25, 2016
The dragon ants are coming. Two new species of ants with strange spikes resemble the dragons in 'Game of Thrones' so much that scientists have decided to name the species after them.
Animals July 27, 2016
Even before prehistoric humans did, ancient ant colonies have been fighting with one another over food and territory. This finding is evident in a 100-million-year-old amber where ancient ants were trapped.
Animals February 15, 2016
A doctor extracted ants that made a 12-year-old girl's ear their home. The doctor, who treated the girl, was astonished to witness such a case.
LIFE January 26, 2016
You need not call pest control, but a new study in the United States found that the average American home contains an average of 100 arthropods. Luckily, some of them are somehow harmless.
Animals January 20, 2016
Researchers found that ants fully respond to social information only when at rest and are not distracted by it when on the move. Findings suggest that the intermittent responsivity to social information can benefit the colony as a whole.
Animals January 18, 2016
A new study found that the brains of carpenter ants may be reprogrammed by epigenetic drugs. Feeding the species with the said enzyme may enhance its foraging activity, suggesting possible implications in the social behavior of other species.
Earth/Environment January 2, 2016
Army ants in South and Central America form living bridges to shorten their journey on forest floors and fill pesky potholes. This new study on ant bridges can be potentially applied to swarm robotics for human gains.
Animals November 25, 2015
Reg Foggerdy, a 62-year-old hunter from Perth, was stranded in the middle of the Australian outback for six days after chasing a wounded feral camel into the wild. Without any food or water with him, Foggerdy survived his ordeal by eating black ants.
Society November 4, 2015
UK is seeing more and more tropical ant invasions as a new specie of the said insect has been detected again. The "crazy ants," as many call it, exhibit jerky movements upon munching on electrical wiring and are known to cause diseases such as salmonella.
Earth/Environment August 19, 2015
Even in a crowded colony, individual ants use sense of smell to identify other ants as workers, queens - or possible enemies. Body odor provides a kind of 'social networking' in ant colonies, researchers explain.
August 13, 2015
The caterpillar of the Japanese oakblue butterfly uses its sugary secretions to drug ants and turn them into slaves that would protect it from other predatory insects, according to scientists from Japan's Kobe University.
Earth/Environment August 1, 2015
Longhorn crazy ants have adopted a system that make it possible for them to transport heavy loads to the right direction regardless of whether their antennae or view are blocked by the item that they carry.
Animals July 29, 2015
Who knew that tiny nanobots and ants use the same stylist?
July 28, 2015
Scientists conducted a study to observe ant behavior and found that some ants are lazy and inactive, compared with some who do work. Why they are lazy is yet to be identified.
Earth/Environment July 5, 2015
Saharan silver ants are able to withstand the scorching heat in the desert because of their uniquely shaped silver hairs. The hair reflects light and helps shed heat.
Animals June 20, 2015
Researchers have found that ants living on the streets of Manhattan have developed a liking for the food people eat, allowing them to thrive in an urban environment.
April 2, 2015
Ants in New York City are eating foods meant for humans. What can researchers tell about the insects from this finding?
April 2, 2015
Ants defend their colonies using a distributed decision network. Researchers suggest that a similar system of collective knowledge could be applied to email systems, improving spam detection.
April 1, 2015
Ants on the International Space Station show an impressive ability to conduct searches, even if they were somewhat hampered by microgravity. Findings could lead to better algorithms for search-and-rescue robots, researchers say.
Space April 1, 2015
German industrial automation company Festo is ready to unveil a new generation of robotic insects. How alike are they to their namesakes?
March 27, 2015
The role of environment on the growth of ants has been measured, but what does this mean for human beings?
March 11, 2015
In a study involving 21 small colonies, researchers found that ants are extremely sanitary and neat. They devote specific parts of their nests as toilets.
Earth/Environment February 20, 2015
Black garden ants design their nests with bathrooms, new research reveals - but why?
February 19, 2015
Ants have a directional choice when exploring new surroundings. A statistical data from a few experiments suggest that ants tend to turn left more than turning right.
December 26, 2014
Spiders and ants prevent food waste from piling up in urban dwellings and also curb the spread of disease by eating littered food that rats and pathogen-carrying pests would otherwise eat.
LIFE December 3, 2014
Research shows that ants, as well as other insects, are useful garbage waste disposal units, at least when it comes to getting rid of large amounts of food waste in cities such as New York.
Internet Culture December 2, 2014
Scientists have discovered a 52-million-year-old piece of amber containing the fossil of a beetle that not only tricked ants to gain access to colonies, but also leeched off them and ate their eggs.
Internet Culture October 8, 2014
One ant species is infiltrating the colony of another to gain access to the host species' storehouse of food. How? Not by attacking the host, but through the power of mimicry.
Earth/Environment October 4, 2014
A fungus is able to control the brain of one species of insect, turning them into zombie ants.
Animals August 27, 2014
Ants help cool down the Earth and reduce global warming. Researchers say that ants help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide gas.
Earth/Environment August 5, 2014
The bone-head wasp builds its nests, at least in part, from the bodies of dead ants. But why?
Animals July 6, 2014
Researchers in a forest in China found a new species of wasp, called the bone-house wasp, that protects its young by blocking its nesting cavities with clumps of ant carcasses. No other known organism in the animal kingdom has ever used this kind of nest protection strategy.
Animals July 4, 2014
Fire ants can build rafts out of their own bodies when needed in the rain. Future robots may learn a thing or two about organization from the tiny animals.
Animals June 17, 2014
Scientists probe mystery of how ants form living 'lifeboats' to escape when flooding threatens. Entire colonies form rafts of thousands of ants when rising water arrives.
Animals June 13, 2014
Move over Google. A new study shows that ant colonies utilize highly complex communication systems that can rival the massive networks used by tech companies like Google.
Animals May 30, 2014
Ants use a highly efficient method of finding food. This is the story of how the tiny animals do it.
Animals May 28, 2014
Tawny crazy ants are on the way to Houston. They may wipe out stinging fire ants there. Here's why the raspberry ant is even less welcome than that unpopular insect.
Animals March 28, 2014
Ants build rafts out of their own bodies to survive floods, with their babies at the bottom, on the water. Here's why that actually makes sense, though it seems a bit cruel.
Animals February 21, 2014