A Conversation With E.O. Wilson

The eminent biologist discusses his “Half Earth” vision and adventures with ants
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Ants, crickets and cockroaches: healthy snacks that taste like potato chips

More than 1,900 insect species are edible, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.


Too small for big muscles, tiny animals use springs

All living things feed, breathe and get around, but the various mechanisms used for them rely on biophysics that works best within certain size domains.


An armoured ant, locked in biological warfare

The white material on the underside of this South American leafcutter ant comprises bacteria called Pseudonocardia. The microbes live in a symbiotic relationship with the ants, which survive by farming a specialised fungus that constitutes food for the colony larvae.


Analysis: Nature and nurture—not nature vs. nurture.

Science has moved beyond the old thought paradigm of nature vs. nurture as determinant of who we are.

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The simple algorithm that ants use to build bridges

Even with no one in charge, army ants work collectively to build bridges out of their bodies. New research reveals the simple rules that lead to such complex group behavior.


Food by local farmers. Distribution system by ants

Looking for a way to help a sustainable food system grow, Cullen Naumoff turned to nature.

Ants practice combat triage and nurse their injured

Termite-hunting ants have their own version of combat medicine for injured nest mates.

A very good dog hunts very bad ants

Tobias the Labrador retriever has been trained to sniff out invasive Argentine ants wherever they hide, which could help preserve fragile ecosystems.
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