Researchers discover new Ant capabilities

Ants are cool. You may not think that when they are marching through your kitchen, but before you spray them into oblivion, just remember: ants are cool.

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Researchers studying an Asian weaver ant came upon two new and exciting abilities. The Asian weaver ant can not only stick to a surface while holding over 100 times its weight, it can also respond to the added weight in one millisecond.

One millisecond. The fastest recorded nerve response is between 5 and 10 milliseconds. So the ant’s ability is not a reflex, but a “preflex.”

To understand more about the ant’s sticking ability and “preflex,” go to:

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/348628/description/How_weaver_ants_get_a_grip#

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http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/348628/description/How_weaver_ants_get_a_grip

 

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