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Friday Funny: Are These Fire Ants a Solid or a Liquid?

The engineers at Georgia Tech are getting interested in the survival properties of fire ants.

Are these tiny creatures a solid or a liquid? Are they a swarm of individual creatures or does a colony constitute a single creature? How can they make behavior decisions with no leader? This is a fascinating bunch of little bugs.

Rob Spiegel has covered manufacturing for 22 years, 19 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include automation, supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cybersecurity. For 10 years, he was the owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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