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Termites inspire to create robotic construction crew

Last Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014, 14:30

Inspired by the termites` resilience and collective intelligence, a team of computer scientists and engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has created an autonomous robotic construction crew.

"Fairy circles" in African desert caused by termites

Last Updated: Sunday, March 31, 2013, 20:05

The mysterious "fairy circles" - the reddish barren spots up to 15 metres across - in African desert are actually drawn by the tiny termites, according to a new study.

Termites become `suicidal terrorists` as they grow older

Last Updated: Friday, July 27, 2012, 18:56

Old termites carry poison “backpacks” that can kill their enemies, but they also die in the fight, like suicidal terrorists, a new research has revealed.

Power your car with termites digestive powers

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 16:38

The findings are the first to measure the sugar output from enzymes created by the termites themselves and the output from symbionts, small protozoa that live in termite guts and aid in digestion of woody material.

Notes worth Rs 1 crore damaged by termites

Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 15:30

Rs one crore kept in the currency chest of SBI`s Barabanki branch have been eaten away by termites.

Ants, termites can boost wheat yields

Last Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10:49

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