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[Wired]Ant Rafts Repel Water Like Gore-Tex

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In the first serious study of the physics of fire-ant rafts, researchers have described how the insects form floating, waterproof islands.

In nature, the rafts allow fire ants to survive epic rainstorms in their native Brazil. In the lab, they could help inspire designs for small, swarming robots that might someday be used to explore inaccessible areas or even clean up oil spills.
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ants= the next finite resource we should cultivate and farm.

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ants= the next finite resource we should cultivate and farm.

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Lol.. the guy doesn't give them a break in the second video, those poor ants.
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Lol.. the guy doesn't give them a break in the second video, those poor ants.
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As for Mlot and his ants, he didn’t lose any sleep over their fate. “After you get bit a couple of times, you lose your sympathy for them,” he said, adding that the experiments are simple enough that anyone can try them at home, “if they’re brave enough.”
Seems he had a vendetta against them.
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I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords
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Ants are pretty amazing.

And let me tell you, you DON'T want to get bitten by a fire ant. They are tough suckers.
    
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I love everything about ants and tbh. only thing I don't like about them is seeing them dieing.

A friend of mine had a "ant problem", although he decided to not get rid of them since they were a solution to so many other bug problems, including stink bugs. As long as his house was semi-clean he would never notice them nor any other bug.
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That is really cool. The second video is kind of cruel to the little buggers, but extremely interesting in the name of science!
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I'm pretty sure it's the fact ants cant break the surface tension, rather than the fact they are "repelling water".
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