Video Showing Ants Flowing Like Liquid and Bouncing Like Rubber

This New York Times video shows how masses of fire ants can flow like a liquid or form resilient balls that bounce back like rubber. The ant footage was recorded by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology who are studying the physics of ants. The peculiar characteristics of the fire ants may prove useful in the development of self-assembling robots and self-healing materials. For more on the physics of ants, see the accompanying New York Times article.

video via The New York Times

Written by EDW Lynch

There are 5460 blog posts on Laughing Squid written by .

Follow Laughing Squid on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Email & RSS.

  

And now a word from our sponsors...