Ant Engineering: A liquid and a Solid?
Researchers at Georgia University discovered fascinating features of the fire ant species including their incredible buoyancy, and tendency to act as a fluid and solid which could see applications in modern material engineering.
Ants are peculiar creatures, outnumbering humans one million to one while engineering intricate homes with airways, waterways, hospitals and more. Even more intriguing are fire ants, specifically the way they interact with one another, and the environment. As a single unit, fire ants possess all the generic nifty things the rest of the species can do; they are strong and still serve under a queen.