The bizarre physics of fire ants The bold plan to end malaria with 1 day ago   03:59

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


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For more information about the Hu lab: http://www.hu.gatech.edu/

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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xD3bdullahxD
Say Slime and Shutup
Blue Dog
So basically...we replicate the behavior of these aints and make a material or microbot.
DumbDuxk [Bad Pvper]
is this considered abuse?
karebu2
Omg Steve aoki!!
chef pitbull
Lots of "SPICY BOIS"
The Shpee
*Grab a flamethrower*
ReeceLaBeast
Hydraulic press
יהונתן חנגה
Ants..... scary.......
Jack Miller
i’m itchy
hannah d
*flashbacks to accidentally sitting in a fire ant pile as a kid*
Honey Bhosle
What if they bite a man.
Bad genji Main
Ants in general are good for studying by engineers,
Kryštof V
The map at 1:22 is... quite off I'd say
Crystal J
I'm itching uncontrollably now😕
Nunya Biz
that asian man needs a haircut bad
Rifqi Nike
Can be used as gel? Damn putting gel on your hair with these wld be 'fire'
Aroma Rose
They’re the NANOBOTS from Big Hero 6!
guillermo aviles
YouTube Indian terminator that’s what I thought of when I saw this. 😳😳😳😳😳
stablizershock
Cruel
Jesse21
They should give these engineers iodine and drown them the same way they do to ants.
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The bold plan to end malaria with The bizarre physics of fire ants 1 day ago   09:25

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How genetically engineered mosquitoes might defeat a disease that kills millions of children.



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The invention of the CRISPR gene editing tool has injected new life into a line of research called gene drive. Gene drives use selfish genetic elements to spread a modification through a wild population.

Researchers have proposed using gene drives against agricultural pests and invasive species, but the most urgent application is against vector-borne diseases like malaria, which kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.

We talked to the scientists working on this revolutionary approach to disease eradication to find out how it works and how long it might take to deploy a technology like a gene drive against malaria.

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