The bizarre physics of fire ants Why Don't Ants Get Stuck In Traffic? 1 day ago   03:59

They're not just an animal, they're a material. And that's got engineers interested.

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Red imported fire ants (solenopsis invicta) are native to South America and an invasive species in the United States. One of the adaptations that makes them so hardy is that they can build large structures by linking their bodies together. This is how they form rafts that can float during floods. When they're aggregated together, fire ants can be seen as a material and the Hu lab at Georgia Tech has been testing that material for years.

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Camille Lee
That's soo cuteee!! Unite to survive 😂😂😂😂
Johnny Blaze
Dude got a hairline like Chow Yun-Fat in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
bob ross
I once was bitten by a fire ant when i was like six. It hurt bad lol
Laser Blue
One of them is meruem
Ritz Kola
Why not introduce ant eaters
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they literally study how to torture ants.
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(ALSO) Pretty much everything they informed us about in this video... I already learned in the movie "Ant-Man!"
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I gotta admit...
VOX sometimes has some REALLY COOL videos... HOWEVER, when their videos are nothing to do with fire ants and other interesting things like that... they are so incredibly Left-Wing-Bias to the point that it makes us all incredibly sick to our stomachs!!!
Not as stupid as I look probably
And then they developed terminator 2
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I am a little creeped out, but mostly fascinated. 🐜
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Scientist: we design swarm robots
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This is abuse. This Steve Aoki looking so-called physicist is weird.
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I never knew this extremely amazing fact about fire ants! I try to make a point of learning something new, if not several new things, each day... I would have to say that this is one of the more strange and unexpected "nuggets of wisdom" I have come across in some time!
Thanks for this very interesting video!
now i hate ants even more
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Bruh that guy looks like a Chinese version of Nicholas Cage
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