Gallery: Incredible Floating Fire Ants Help Develop Waterproof Material...


The Solenopsis Invicta — also known as the red fire ant — has recently become an unlikely partner in the research of waterproof materials and robotics. The ants, which are incredibly resilient, have developed the ability to team together to form a raft to survive the flooding of their habitat. The entire colony links arms and legs and floats above the water‘s surface – incredibly, even the ants on the bottom layer stay dry! Researchers are currently looking into ways to mimic the ants’ water-defying teamwork to develop new materials and robots to help humans. If you don’t believe these ants, check out the incredible video after the jump.

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