Ants that conquered the world
Ants that conquered the world

In a first, Japanese researchers have compared gene sequences from 300 species of Pheidole - world's most species-rich ant genus. It suggests that Pheidole evolved the same way twice, once to take over the New World and then again to take over the Old World.

Rock ants lean left when exploring new spaces: Study

Rock ants instinctively go left when entering unknown spaces, a new study has found.

Can tiny ants save us from global warming?

Ants may be one of the earth`s most powerful biological climate brokers, a study claims.

Ants can trap carbon for us

The tiny ants may be derided by all, but they play a very important role in making the earth habitable by assisting in the gradual reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

How ants optimise food search decoded

Ants are capable of complex problem-solving strategies that could be widely applied as optimisation techniques, scientists say.

Ants can lift up to 5,000 times their own body weight

Ants can lift up to 5,000 times their own body weight owing to the strength of their neck joint, according to a new study.

Future space robots may be inspired by ants` legendary strength secrets

Scientists have suggested that the neck joint of a common American field ant can withstand pressures up to 5,000 times the ant`s weight.

Ants, like humans, also change priorities when needed

Researchers have discovered that at least in ants, animals can change their decision-making strategies based on experience.

Ants more closely related to bees than most 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, scientists have discovered.

Ants have answer to human traffic: Study

Researchers in Australia are keenly observing the crowd flow of ants to help design exits that function more effectively during evacuations of large buildings and sporting arenas.

Ants have higher sense of smell than most insects

An ant is seen walking over a "Bejuquillo Cafe" (Oxybelis aeneus) snake at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste province, some 300 kilometers north of San Jose.

Ants can use vibrational and magnetic landmarks for navigation

Scientists have found that ants are equipped with a number of sophisticated navigation tools.

Ants can smell out rivals

Weaver ants share a collective memory of odour of ants in rival nests, similar to how sports fans know one another instantly by their unique colours, a study reveals.

‘Frankenstein` ants created

"Frankenstein" ants, called "supersoldiers", have been created by scientists.

Ants, termites can boost wheat yields

Allowing ants and termites to flourish on farmlands can boost wheat yields by more than a third.

Ants `good at solving complex maths`

Ants can solve complex, dynamic problems, and may even help in developing better software.

Man escapes death after bitten by ants

A 75-year-old man escaped death after being bitten by ants in the northeast of Victorian state of Australia.

Ants can deal with famines using some clever strategies

In a new research, scientists have found that some ants have developed sophisticated group strategies to save their colonies from travesties like famines and poisonings.

Ants more rational than humans: Study

Ants are more rational than
humans when faced with "very challenging decisions", a study
has suggested.