Friday, April 3, 2009

That Ant Smells Dead! Slightly Weird - but True - Science

" 'Hey I'm Dead!' The Story Of The Very Lively Ant"
All Things Considered, NPR (April 1, 2009)

"Here's a question — not one that's on everybody's lips, granted — but a question nonetheless: How do ants know when another ant is dead? E.O. Wilson, now the most celebrated, most eminent ant scholar in the world, wanted to know...."

The answer has to do with chemicals, odor, and a very lively ant that smelled dead: thanks to an eminent ant scholar's research.

Don't worry, though: the ant got herself cleaned off enough to be accepted as 'alive' in about two hours.

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