How Insect Colonies Intelligently Optimize Their Searches for Food

May 27, 2014 11:14 AM

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How Insect Colonies Intelligently Optimize Their Searches for Food

You wouldn't think that tiny insects could be capable of complex problem-solving; but that's the case with ants. Scientists have taken a closer look at these insects' movements and have found out that while they appear random at first, together they are organized in an orderly way that allows them to search out an area more efficiently.

"Ants have a nest so they need something like a strategy to bring home the found they find," said Lixiang Li, one of the researchers, in a news release. "We argue that this is a factor, largely underestimated so far, that actually determines their behavior."

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