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Fire Ants Swarm Makes Waterproof Raft

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Totally impressive or totally creepy?

When a city floods, humans stack sandbags and raise levees. When a fire ant colony floods, the ants link up to form a literal life raft.

According to new research,

"They'll gather up all the eggs in the colony and will make their way up through the underground network of tunnels, and when the flood waters rise above the ground, they'll link up together in these massive rafts."

In less than two minutes the ants can link "hands" to form a floating structure that kept all the insects safe.

You would think the ant on the bottom would be SOL but even the ants down below survive, thanks to tiny hairs on the ants' bodies that trap a thin layer of air.

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Real Life Ant Zombies!!!

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This sounds terrifying!!!!!!

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, is fungus that can "mind control" ants—scientists announced Wednesday.

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

All four known fungi species live in Brazil's Atlantic rain forest, which is rapidly changing due to climate change and deforestation, said the study leader.

"It is tempting to speculate that each species of fungus has its own ant species that it is best adapted to attack."

"This potentially means thousands of zombie fungi in tropical forests across the globe await discovery."

There better not be any human mind-control fungi!

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Subterranean Super Highway

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Holy cow!

We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw this!

Researchers decided to conduct a study on the giant anthills that litter the African plains. In order to do so, cement must be poured into the colonies, allowing it to dry. Once the cement is hardened, the colony can be dug up from the ground

After pouring more than 10 tons of cement into the anthill, the researchers were amazed at what they found.

The ant colony stretched more than 26 feet below the ground and took up 530 square feet!

We would hate to step on that anthill!!!

The unbelievable aspect of it all is the design. It's as if an architect had sat down and designed everything! It's built to maximize airflow and efficiency. Wow!

The animal kingdom continues to amaze us!

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