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.//Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOFor more information about the Hu lab: http://www.hu.gatech.edu/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.///Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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  • PhantomEagle

     1 years ago

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

  • Scotty Mecone

     2 days ago

    PhantomEagle don’t give them any ideas....

  • ÜDISCH - ADITJA

     4 days ago

    @Sir Santiago808 why am i laughing

  • Matthew Middleton

     2 months ago

    Who knew Steve aoki knows so much about fire ants

  • Xicana

     4 days ago

    This comment needs to be pinned 😂😂😂😂

  • ShadowSan

     5 days ago

    Omg im speechless...

  • TheWii Lui

     2 months ago

    Nobody:Engineers: ants is a solid and liquid

  • Shit Head

     5 days ago

    Ants are pokemon

  • Mavelyn Rodriguez

     8 days ago

    Ants are cats...

  • k anna

     2 months ago

    “Like a fabric”...2020: the best dressed at the met gala this year was Rihanna wearing a gown made of fire ants

  • francis njenga

     2 days ago

    Coated in gold perhaps

  • ToeCollector

     5 days ago

    I feel like that would be more lady gaga than Rihanna

  • Connor Quick

     2 months ago

    So... remember the micro bots from big hero 6...

  • Totally•Tubular

     6 days ago

    @Big746 oh yeah lol

  • Electric Goldfish

     6 days ago

    My guy

  • Triniswe

     1 years ago

    And so, everything changed when the fire ant nation attacked.

  • RandomGamesEnZooi Tanki Online

     8 days ago

    Triniswe Only a flamethrower, master of all fire could stop them but when we needed it the most, we couldnt make it

  • Ab Mo

     10 days ago

    Why not just go on it's ear

  • Upward Gaming

     2 months ago

    Nobody:Scientist: we freeze them in liquid nitrogen and then coat them in gold, but that’s normal

  • ÜDISCH - ADITJA

     4 days ago

    @angelG14 it's funny though

  • ashleytho

     2 months ago

    I lowkey thought chat would be filled with people calling this abuse. I’m impressed

  • NevadaR6

     2 months ago

    “We fed ants iodine.... which is radioactive”*PETA wants to know your location*

  • MotoMech

     yesterday

    This is a precursor of how we got irradiated human-size ants like in the Fall Out video games...

  • orangeleaf

     2 months ago

    Imagine eating with your colony then suddenly all of ya'll being drowned in a bucket.

  • Angelic Asysnila

     10 days ago

    Then suddenly coated in gold... Lol

  • Person Man

     14 days ago

    Yo gang remember that time we all held hands? We should do that again.