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Ants nurse wounded warriors back to health: study

Paris - African Matabele ants dress the wounds of comrades injured during hunting raids and nurse them back to health, according to an "astonishing" discovery reported Wednesday.

Woman eaten alive by ants after mistaken for thief

Caranavi - A woman died after a mob of vigilantes mistook her for a thief. She was tied to a tree that was infested with poisonous ants.

Online petition seeks to change 'fire ants' to 'spicy boys'

Online petitions are increasingly popular, some cover important political issues, others relate to more bizarre subjects. One new campaign gathering pace seeks to change to name of fire ants to 'spicy boys.'

Scientists prove drugs can alter personality permanently

By altering parts of the DNA of ants using drugs injected directly into their brain, scientists have shown that fundamental changes can be made which could lead to uses within humans to improve memory and learning.

Amazing display of ant behavior as body-bridge is formed

Ants are clever and tenacious creatures. The building of bridges by ants has been well documented. Ants using their own bodies as bridges is a relatively new discovery. A new video illustrates this unusual behavior.

Battling leaf cutter ants with fungi

Researchers have been investigating novel methods of fungal control to deal with leaf-cutter ants. These ants are problematic agricultural and garden pests.

Carnivorous pitcher plant uses raindrops to eat ants

One species of pitcher plant has a sneaky secret. Falling raindrops provide it with enough power to fling insects to their doom, biologists have discovered. The raindrops trigger rapid vibrations in the lid of the plant's jug-shaped leaves.

Man is stung in 25 places by bees, for science

A scientist has let bees sting him repeatedly in 25 different body locations. The idea was to map out the most sensitive areas of the body to bee stings.

Flying ants invade English town

Wrexham - The town of Wrexham has been plagued by flying ants. The ants have been causing havoc not only in Wrexham, but also around the country.

Studying ants for clues about ultra-fine cleaning

Blue-sky thinking researchers have taken inspiration from the way that ants clean to develop improved procedures for nanotechnology. The ants studied are located in Borneo, Indonesia.

Ant cooling mechanism avoids desert sun

Ants found in the Sahara have a novel way of keeping cool from the intensity of the sun’s rays. The small, silver-colored hairs on the ant’s body are able to reflect heat back, stopping the insect from becoming too hot.

Health warning over the 'most dangerous dish in the world'

Bangkok - It's a local delicacy in north-east Thailand. It contains raw fish and it is laced with live red ants, for that extra flavor. Problem is it seems to give you liver cancer, according to health experts.

Ant movements correspond to mysterious math

A new study shows that as ants forage for food they select routes that connect with statistical distributions of probability. This collective behavior has been shown by mathematicians.

Pitcher plants switch traps on and off, by the weather

New research shows how carnivorous pitcher plants gobble more ants by turning off their traps as the temperature rises and the weather becomes drier.

New York's ants are natural garbage disposal units

New York - New York's ants could play an important part in the city's garbage disposal process according to new research from NC State University.

Butterflies sounding like ants to sneak into nests

Which insects live in ants’ nests? Not only ants is the answer. Other insects take advantage of the nutrient rich hobbles. To get round this, some are adept at imitating ants.

African frog uses chemicals to hide from killer ants

The West African savanna frog avoids being eaten by African stink ants by exuding a chemical that conceals the frog from the maundering ants.

Bees are more closely related to ants than wasps

Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps, new research has concluded.

Can ants predict an earthquake before it occurs?

Scientists in Germany are suggesting that some ants appear to be able to predict an earthquake before it hits. A presentation of the finding was recently given in Vienna.

The top 8 microscopic images you'll ever see

Every year, Nikon sponsors a contest for microscopic images to showcase "the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope." Here are some of the entrants for this year's contest, from terrifying spiders to awe-inspiring minerals.

Video: Male ants gang-mate dying, half-eaten queen

A video by a Slovakian photographer Adrian Skippy Purkart, shows ants swarming around the queen already half-eaten by a crab spider. The video shows the males repeatedly trying to mate with their dying queen as the crab spider eats her alive head-first.

Thriving Amazon Ant Colony Has No Males

A University of Arizona biologist has found a rare ant colony in the Amazon jungle with no males. The ants have virtually no sexual organs, but their colony thrives compared to other ant species.

Ants talk to each other

Scientists have discovered that ants routinely talk to each other in their nests with the queen ants issuing instructions to their workers.

Are ants prudes, or just really hung up?

OK, forget about dropping in on your local ant colony with a message of Free Love. They’re not into it. Sending them Viagra spam on your computer won’t help, either. They’re actually more like nuns than Amazons. Think of nuns with two foot long jaws

Ants commit suicide to protect their colony

Scientists have observed that some ants stay outside the nest to work and seal the hole to protect the colony inside. They say these ants commit suicide in order to save the colony.

Op-Ed: Go to the ant, consider her ways, and cop academic flak

Ed Wilson is one of the world’s top, perhaps the top, scientists, in the study of ants. He’s a real field worker, too, not hanging around in the paneling like some. He’s also a writer, with opinions. How dreadful.

Real-Life Superbug Taking Over Texas Coast: The Crazy Rasberry Ant

Like a 1960's horror movie, a new species of ant has invaded the United States and with no known enemies or effective chemical pesticides, the "Crazy Rasberry Ant" continues to multipy at an alarming rate. Bring in the pets and lock your doors.

Ants Corral and Tranquilize Aphids Victims

Ants act like cowboys in the wild, they corral aphids into their herds and get honey dew from them. The ants leave trails of chemical footprints to stun aphids from going elsewhere and clip their wings so they don’t fly away.

Ants Test Nonviolence of Buddhist Monks

Buddhist monks, who are bound by faith to nonviolence, are grappling with how to rid a temple of a severe ant infestation without killing the insects.

Genocide Rules Ant Warfare

When it comes to differentiating a friend from a rival, invasive ants have it easier than humans: They can spot genetic differences, a new study shows.
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The pitcher plant Sarracenia flava at Kew Gardens in London.
The pitcher plant Sarracenia flava at Kew Gardens in London.
Arpingstone Wikimedia Commons
Saharan silver ant (Cataglyphis bombycina)  devouring a camel tick.
Saharan silver ant (Cataglyphis bombycina), devouring a camel tick.
Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

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