Building Better Shipping Networks With Ants
Scientists model the movement of ants to streamline the handling of shipping containers at international ports.
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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