Agriculture
Watering the Air
Middle school science adventures
Chicken Eggs as Drug Factories
Amphibians
Salamanders and Newts
Poison Dart Frogs
Tree Frogs
Animals
New Monkey Business
Insects Take a Breather
Young Ants in the Kitchen
Behavior
Giving Sharks Safe Homes
The case of the headless ant
Homework blues
Birds
Swans
Crows
Mockingbirds
Chemistry and Materials
Moon Crash, Splash
Meteorites may have sparked life on Earth
Makeup Science
Computers
Getting in Touch with Touch
Play for Science
Programming with Alice
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Meet your mysterious relative
Dinosaurs Grow Up
Dino Takeout for Mammals
E Learning Jamaica
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Earth
On the Trail of America's Next Top Scientists
Plastic-munching microbes
Groundwater and the Water Cycle
Environment
Sounds and Silence
The Birds are Falling
Giant snakes invading North America
Finding the Past
Sahara Cemetery
The Taming of the Cat
A Long Trek to Asia
Fish
Sharks
Halibut
Great White Shark
Food and Nutrition
Eat Out, Eat Smart
Yummy bugs
The mercury in that tuna
GSAT English Rules
Order of Adjectives
Pronouns
Finding Subjects and Verbs
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
The Annual GSAT Scholarships
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
GSAT stars reap scholarship glory
GSAT Mathematics
Math is a real brain bender
A Sweet Advance in Candy Packing
Monkeys Count
Human Body
From Stem Cell to Any Cell
The tell-tale bacteria
Spit Power
Invertebrates
Jellyfish
Krill
Fleas
Mammals
African Warthogs
Bears
Basset Hounds
Parents
How children learn
Expert report highlights the importance to parents of reading to children!
The Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes
Physics
Project Music
The Particle Zoo
Einstein's Skateboard
Plants
Getting the dirt on carbon
Underwater Jungles
Assembling the Tree of Life
Reptiles
Snakes
Crocodiles
Lizards
Space and Astronomy
Baby Star
Mercury's magnetic twisters
Catching a Comet's Tail
Technology and Engineering
Slip Sliming Away
Spinach Power for Solar Cells
Riding Sunlight
The Parts of Speech
Problems with Prepositions
Adjectives and Adverbs
Pronouns
Transportation
Revving Up Green Machines
Seen on the Science Fair Scene
How to Fly Like a Bat
Weather
In Antarctica watch the heat (and your step)
The Best Defense Is a Good Snow Fence
Antarctica warms, which threatens penguins
Add your Article

Ants on Stilts

If you want to know how far you've walked, you can choose among several strategies. You can measure your route on a map. You can wear a handy gadget, such as a GPS device that calculates distances or a pedometer that counts your steps. Or you can ask someone who already knows the answer. It turns out that people aren't the only animals with distance-measuring skills. Certain ants have a built-in pedometer that tells them how far it is from here to there. If you want to know how far you've walked, you can choose among several strategies. You can measure your route on a map. You can wear a handy gadget, such as a GPS device that calculates distances or a pedometer that counts your steps. Or you can ask someone who already knows the answer. It turns out that people aren't the only animals with distance-measuring skills. Certain ants have a built-in pedometer that tells them how far it is from here to there. If you want to know how far you've walked, you can choose among several strategies. You can measure your route on a map. You can wear a handy gadget, such as a GPS device that calculates distances or a pedometer that counts your steps. Or you can ask someone who already knows the answer. It turns out that people aren't the only animals with distance-measuring skills. Certain ants have a built-in pedometer that tells them how far it is from here to there. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany studied an African ant called Cataglyphis fortis. These ants live in the Sahara desert, where they zigzag around until they find food. After they find something to eat, the insects take a more direct route home. Previous research had found that these ants use the position of the sun and light in the sky to figure out which way to go. Scientists had also proposed that the ants might measure distance based on the length of their strides. The German researchers were the first to test this idea. In Tunisia, a country in Africa, they trained ants to run between a nest and a feeder along a 10-meter-long (33-foot-long) runway. After the ants had learned the route, the scientists captured some of the crawly creatures at the feeder. They trimmed some of the ants' legs to make their strides shorter. They glued on bristles to make the legs of other ants longer. Then, they put the ants on a runway next to the one they had used for practice. The ants picked up where they left off—grabbing crumbs and heading back home. Their new limbs tricked the ants, however. Those with clipped legs started looking for the nest after walking only 6 meters (20 feet), instead of the usual 10 meters (33 feet). The ants with lengthened legs scurried for 15 meters (49 feet) before looking for home. Then, they put the ants on a runway next to the one they had used for practice. The ants picked up where they left off—grabbing crumbs and heading back home. Their new limbs tricked the ants, however. Those with clipped legs started looking for the nest after walking only 6 meters (20 feet), instead of the usual 10 meters (33 feet). The ants with lengthened legs scurried for 15 meters (49 feet) before looking for home. Then, they put the ants on a runway next to the one they had used for practice. The ants picked up where they left off—grabbing crumbs and heading back home. Their new limbs tricked the ants, however. Those with clipped legs started looking for the nest after walking only 6 meters (20 feet), instead of the usual 10 meters (33 feet). The ants with lengthened legs scurried for 15 meters (49 feet) before looking for home. Then, they put the ants on a runway next to the one they had used for practice. The ants picked up where they left off—grabbing crumbs and heading back home.It appeared, the scientists say, that the ants were using the number of steps they took, not the actual distance traveled, to gauge how far they had gone. After a few days with their new legs, however, the ants seemed to reset their pedometers. Their sense of distance was once again restored.—E. Sohn Their new limbs tricked the ants, however. Those with clipped legs started looking for the nest after walking only 6 meters (20 feet), instead of the usual 10 meters (33 feet). The ants with lengthened legs scurried for 15 meters (49 feet) before looking for home.

Ants on Stilts
Ants on Stilts








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™