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Ant Math

Ants doing math? Could this be possible? Stephen Pratt from the ASU School of Life Science gives Dr. Biology a lesson about ant problem solving.

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Topic Time
What is the name of the ant species you study? 01:05
Different sizes of ant colonies. 01:22
How many ants fit in an acorn and how large are they? 01:50
Did you pick this species of ant for a special reason? 02:07
How many species of ants are there? 03:06
Is there any place in the world where you do not find ants? 03:46
What have you learned for you research with ants (Star Trek - The Borg)? 03:53
What makes a good acorn ant home? 05:43
Do they live anywhere else besides acorns? 06:38
How do you set up your experiments (collective intelligence)? 07:18
How do you paint ants that are 1/8 of and inch in size? 08:09
Do ants object to being painted? 10:09
Do queens ants rule, or control the ant colony? 11:27
Basic research on ants - having impact on humans - ant math. 12:39
Ants and art - to see an image by Stephen Pratt on the cover of SOLS magazine and read more about Dr. Pratt use this link [PDF]. 15:11
Where to do you find acorn ants in the Arizona desert? 17:35
Is there anything that has surprised you about ants - counting? 18:21
How do you watch over 100 ants and tell what each one is doing? 19:47
Ant films by Stephen Pratt. 21:00
When did you first know you wanted to be a biologist? 22:27
What would you be if you were not a biologist? 23:16
What advice to you have someone that wants to be a biologist? 23:54

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Ant Math

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