Building Better Shipping Networks With Ants

Scientists model the movement of ants to streamline the handling of shipping containers at international ports.

RELATED TAGS: ANIMALS, BIOTECHNOLOGY
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If you’ve ever watched ants work cookie crumbs across a kitchen floor, you know they’re all business. Now scientists have modeled this extremely efficient foraging to optimize the handling of shipping containers at international ports. When worker ants find a food source, they systematically carry bits back to the nest, leaving a scented trail for other ants to trace to the booty. The scent wears off over time, indicating the distance to the food and how many ants have already access...
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