Ants

20 quadrillion ants roam the Earth right now, according to scientists' calculations

20 quadrillion ants roam the Earth right now, according to scientists’ calculations

When Mark Wong set out to analyze 489 entomological studies spanning every continent, major habitat and biome on Earth, his goal was simple: count ants. The journey to a final answer was long and often tedious. Then one day, Wong and other ant experts came out the other side. According to a new paper published …

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Scientists have calculated the number of ants on Earth.  The number is so large, it is "unimaginable".

Scientists have calculated the number of ants on Earth. The number is so large, it is “unimaginable”.

This is the world of ants, and we are just visiting. A new estimate of the total number of burrowing and buzzing ants on Earth comes to a staggering total of nearly 20 quadrillion individuals. This staggering sum – 20,000,000,000,000,000 or 20,000 trillion – reveals the astonishing ubiquity of ants even as scientists fear that …

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Rafts of Fire Ants Form Due to Cheerios Effect, Study Finds

Rafts of Fire Ants Form Due to Cheerios Effect, Study Finds

Enlarge / Georgia Tech scientists have discovered that the so-called “Cheerios effect” is the mechanism by which fire ants group together to form rafts. I’m waiting Fire ants may be the scourge of southern states like Georgia and Texas, but scientifically they are endlessly fascinating as an example of collective behavior. A few well-spaced fire …

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