The Secret to Ant Efficiency Is Idleness

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  • Dan Goldman (R) with Ph.D. student Banhisikha Dutta Dan Goldman (R) with Ph.D. student Banhisikha Dutta

Ants are renowned for their industriousness. However, new research at Georgia Tech suggests that although ant colonies are very efficient, that may be because 70 percent of them are doing very little — at least when it comes to tunnel digging. Daniel I. Goldman, a physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his colleagues, found that the secret to efficient tunnel digging by fire ants was that 30 percent of the ants did 70 percent of the work. The work is published in Science. Find more coverage at The Washington Post, ScienceNews and Cosmos.

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  • Created By: A. Maureen Rouhi
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  • Created On: Aug 17, 2018 - 10:54am
  • Last Updated: Aug 17, 2018 - 11:20am