Secrets of Ant Rafts Revealed

June 12, 2014 4:56 PM

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Secrets of Ant Rafts Revealed

The architecture of flash-frozen ant assemblages are offering inspiration for robot designers

To negotiate floods and cross streams, fire ants band together — literally — linking together to form rafts and bridges in a feat of social cooperation and biophysics. Now, engineers have made a close study of the ants' architectural technique, pointing the way towards new approaches for robot desig...

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