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Antology


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Ant Works: Spectacular NASA Experiment
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Ants are interesting creatures with two stomachs and three eyes, and they can lift up to 20x their body weight. Now you can observe them in space-age habitats that look like aquariums. The habitat is filled with miraculous gel from a NASA Space experiment, that is serving as nutrition for the ants. The funniest thing about having an ant habitat is that you can watch how the ants turn a brick of aqua-blue gel into a fascinating colony of tunnels.

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They are capable of doing this because they have special communication skills and amazing abilities to work together to achieve a common goal.


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The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant. They are known to be the smartest species of insects with about 250,000 brain cells

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Ants began farming about 50 million years before humans thought to raise their own crops. The earliest evidence suggests ants started using agriculture as early as 70 million years ago in the early Tertiary period. Even more amazing, these ants use sophisticated horticultural techniques to enhance their crop yields. They secrete chemicals with antibiotic properties to inhibit mold growth, and devised fertilization protocols using manure. Leafcutter Ants grow mushrooms to feed their colony, a notoriously difficult thing to grow… requiring an enormously sophisticated system of vents and tunnels to control the humidity and temperature.

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TRANSPARENT COLOURFUL ANTS
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Apparently, ants have a clear coloured abdomen – something that photographer Mohamed Babu and his wife discovered one day when they noticed a “white ant” that was crawling along their counter. It turns out, the ant had just consumed a drop of milk that was left on the counter, turning his lower half white. The photographer set up a variety of coloured water pools and patiently waited until the ants consumed the liquid to show their coloured abdomens.
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Ants make up 1/10 of the total world animal tissue. The total biomass of all the ants on Earth is roughly equal to the total biomass of all the people on Earth.
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