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Secret to Reproductive Ants’ Longevity Revealed
Researchers say they've figured out how some reproductive ants live up to 30 years—far longer than workers.
Secret to Reproductive Ants’ Longevity Revealed
Secret to Reproductive Ants’ Longevity Revealed

Researchers say they've figured out how some reproductive ants live up to 30 years—far longer than workers.

Researchers say they've figured out how some reproductive ants live up to 30 years—far longer than workers.

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dead bee surrounded by yellow flower petals
Science Snapshot: One Insect’s Corpse Is Another’s Breakfast
Lisa Winter | Aug 31, 2022
Though it’s poetic to say that ants were grieving the bee at a funeral, the reality is a bit more prosaic.
Close up of ant mandible
Science Snapshot: The Need for Speed
Viviane Callier | Aug 4, 2022
Understanding the biomechanics of the trap-jaw ant could help humans build better, faster robots.
red ants coming out of dirt hole
Bull Ant Venom Evolved to Make Bites More Painful to Mammals
Dan Robitzski | Jul 5, 2022
A peptide found in bull ant venom closely resembles a hormone of its primary predator, triggering hypersensitivity and making subsequent bites even more painful than the ones that came before.
A section of a mouse distal colon showing luminal contents with bacteria in magenta, the mucus lining (green) and the epithelial cell barrier of the gut (blue, right).
Mapping the Neighborhoods of the Gut Microbiome
Abby Olena | Jul 1, 2022
Researchers are going beyond fecal samples to understand how the patterns of commensal microbes in the gastrointestinal tract influence development and health.
Photograph of a hummingbird
Even the Tiniest of Birds Use Smell in Some Situations
Jef Akst | Jan 4, 2022
Once considered anosmic, birds are now widely recognized as using olfactory cues to aid in a wide range of behaviors.
man sitting outdoors
E.O. Wilson, Renowned Ant Researcher, Dies at 92
Chloe Tenn | Dec 27, 2021
The naturalist was recognized for his work on social behavior and pheromones in ants and as a champion of wildlife conservation.
A black and brown ant stands over various sizes of whitish purple, oval shaped larvae and yellow, oblong eggs
A Single Transcription Factor Changes Ants to Queens
Abby Olena | Nov 5, 2021
The transcription factor can also drive the opposite transition depending on which hormone activates it, according to a new study.
Image of the Day: Turtle Ant Soldiers
Amy Schleunes | Mar 12, 2020
Big heads come in handy when the social insects are tasked with defending their nest.
Ants Produce Antibiotics that May Protect Plants
Emily Makowski | Mar 1, 2020
The antimicrobial compounds ants excrete to defend themselves from pathogens may protect plants as well.
ants symbiotic plants
Image of the Day: Farming Ants
Amy Schleunes | Jan 22, 2020
Evolution imbued ants with an agriculture strategy that optimizes food rewards.
Image of the Day: Reprogrammed Ants
Emily Makowski | Nov 13, 2019
Watch soldier ants behave more like foragers after scientists change their gene expression.
Image of the Day: Floating Metal
Emily Makowski | Nov 11, 2019
Buoyancy techniques used by spiders and ants inspire the development of floating aluminum discs.
How Evolution Made the Highveld Mole Rat Impervious to Ant Stings
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers identify changes to a pain receptor and to an ion channel that appear to enable the rodents to colonize otherwise inhospitable burrows.
Image of the Day: Ant Imposters
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 20, 2019
Over the course of their lives, the jumping spider Synemosyna formica wears two different ant disguises to fool preying birds.
Image of the Day: Dopamine Made Them Do It
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 28, 2018
Levels of the neurotransmitter drive ant foraging behavior in the desert.
Image of the Day: Divide and Conquer
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 23, 2018
Even in groups with only six individuals, ants begin to take on particular roles.
How Ants Make Collective Decisions
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 1, 2018
Transport of food sways between two modes.
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2018
A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2018 issue of The Scientist.