(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists also X-rayed the ant tunnels and studied them using three-dimensional scans. Thanks to this, it was possible to create models.
As a result, the researchers realized that the ants were trying to act as efficiently as possible during the construction. The insects dug tunnels, using the sides of the container to reduce the volume, and also made the moves as straight and as steep as possible. In addition, the ants removed hard grains from the soil – they could interfere with digging and ruin the building.
Scientists have come to the conclusion that their research can help humans as well. Ant “chips” can allow us to more efficiently dig underground, extract minerals or dig subway tunnels.
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