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Ant Life Part 2

Teamwork is part of life for ants. These social insects live in a society where group work is wired into each individual’s brain. Listen in as co-host Jane Rector and Dr. Biology continue their conversation about the world of ants with biologist Jennifer Fewell. There is even talk of how basketball teams might take lessons from these tiny animals.

 

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
Do ants like doing different tasks? [the dishwasher model] 00:20
Some people have higher and lower threshold for work at school. 02:24
Jennifer has a question about queen brain size? 02:59
Jane's answer. 03:57
Jennifer reveals the answer. 04:18
Do you use a lot of technology in your research? [what is metabolic physiology?] 05:34
The story of guinea pigs and their method of digestion. [coprophagy] 06:31
Why would anyone study social insects? [the link between social insects and basketball] 07:36
Observing basketball games - players as ants - and information flow. 09:24
Have to play like a team to win - ants as a team. 10:08
Basketball teams that rely on one player.[relationship to entropy] 11:07
Are social insect scientists going to lend insight into basketball or does basketball hold some insight into social insects? 12:56
Can you predict basketball team success? 13:31
Strategies to defend or play against other teams. 14:08
When did you know you wanted to be a scientist? 15:18
Do you have a favorite book? 16:50
Jane's current favorite book. [post apocalyptic] 17:39
What would you do if could not be a biologist- what would you be or do? 18:22
Hints for writing projects like a book. 19:16
Writing is a skill set important to science. 20:19
What advice would you have for me? [Jane] 21:07
The importance of asking questions. 22:48
New challenge when you get a set of questions from a teacher. 23:34
Wrap up with Jennifer and Jane. 24:19
Sign-off 25:37

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Ant Life Part 2

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