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A Ball Of Fire Ants Behaves Like A Material

"In this video, about 8,000 fire ants are placed in a beaker. The walls of the beaker are lightly dusted with talc powder to prevent the ants from escaping. The ants link to one another and as a group behave as a bulk material with viscoelastic properties. The elastic response is due to compliance in the linkages."
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PepperPeanut
Uploaded 01/25/2014
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