The bizarre physics of fire ants

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • They're not just an animal, they're a material. And that's got engineers interested.


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    Red imported fire ants (solenopsis invicta) are native to South America and an invasive species in the United States. One of the adaptations that makes them so hardy is that they can build large structures by linking their bodies together. This is how they form rafts that can float during floods. When they're aggregated together, fire ants can be seen as a material and the Hu lab at Georgia Tech has been testing that material for years.


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  • Software Man

     (Jul 25, 2017)

    dont mess with me. ima throw a ball of fire ants at ya

  • Big Broccoli

     (Jan 17, 2019)

    Shot gun effect lol

  • Just Chilin

     (Oct 2, 2017)

    Damn those ants are amazing

  • Kody Flammers

     (Aug 13, 2018)

    And dicks.

  • 乙o尺o尺o尺o刀oム

     (May 7, 2018)

    His forhead has a bigger and brighter future than ill ever have...lol

  • Antony Ruiz

     (Jan 17, 2019)

    His structure is classic and you can see his ancestors in him.

  • 42 Tribes

     (Jan 16, 2019)

    The girls love him for his head game

  • PhantomEagle

     (Oct 12, 2017)

    Everyday we should thank the fact that Spiders don't hunt in packs or can do this stuff

  • Bk Jeong

     (5 days ago)

    Sir Santiago808 They actively cooperate to perform different roles and share their food, they are true pack animals.

  • Eduardo Perez

     (Jan 19, 2019)

    Some spider species use they're web to fly.

  • Sir Hiffwe

     (Aug 29, 2017)

    I am back to... One million ants...

  • Sean Manning

     (Jan 26, 2019)

    Died laughing when I saw this

  • Hiro de best

     (Jan 20, 2019)

    Stfu and gtfo

  • Sophia Puzon

     (Dec 9, 2017)

    I can’t drown my demons tHEY KNOW HOW TO SWIM

  • KhanDaPwner

     (Sep 15, 2018)

    NOT ONLY THAT BUT THEY HAVE AMALGAMATED INTO A GODDAMN MONSTER THING

  • Anna Inspain

     (Aug 16, 2017)

    "And then you coat them in gold...but that's just standard." LOL

  • Lawrence Han

     (Oct 25, 2018)

    Probably not half a cent for a square feet, a violin string with some gold in it has about 4 dollars worth of gold.

  • SKD_

     (Aug 22, 2017)

    Atlanta? more like ANTLANTAat least i tried

  • Gucci Gang

     (Jan 19, 2019)

    I actually laughed at this LOL

  • Noel Hann

     (Jan 11, 2019)

    atlANTa

  • Bea Quiroz

     (Oct 1, 2017)

    Anyone else started to get itchy?

  • Mohammad Hamdan Panbangan

     (Jan 22, 2019)

    i wanna bite on it

  • Software Man

     (Jul 25, 2017)

    now i kinda want fire ants as my pet. ima train them to make cool stuff for me

  • Sophia Perez

     (Jan 19, 2019)

    Be ant man

  • Kya Camille

     (Jan 11, 2019)

    +Lord Beerus ya sure 😂🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️All I know is they HURT