Summary #894

Study: Ants are “immune” to traffic jams
  • Because ants self-regulate, and adapt when their pathways get crowded, they are able to avoid traffic jams.
  • Humans are worse at this because we all have different goals, whereas all ants work towards the survival of their colonies.
  • This was uncovered in a study consisting of 170 experiments with colonies of different sizes, connected to food sources with bridges.
  • Since a colony is a system of interacting particles, these findings will be of interest to researchers in molecular biology, statistical physics, and telecommunications.


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