Georgia Tech, David, Indika discussed on Science for the People


They formed towers and even rafts all in the service of survival. How do they do it? And why do we care? That's why I'm talking with suicide poncho who got his master's in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech. He now works for fiber optics company. But he spent two years swirling up balls of ants for science Souissa. Thank you for being here. Thank you, probably. Now, I wanted to start by asking you were in the lab of David who he does a lot of I guess fluid mechanics. But it's it's on very strange things like p and the larvae what made you want to study ants. I think it was. Mainly because those such a diverse amount of knowledge you can learn from animals like it's not just fluids. Like, we're foods laugh at week of foods. We did material testing chemical properties. So the diversity of things or inspired Zayn? You can look at from annuals. That's what made me interested in the lab. And what was it specifically about ants and the ants was? Mainly because. They can create all these unique structures and shapes and have these different mechanisms like main rabs towers survival. And no one has really figured out. Why did that or the reason for the kind of shapes a come out mate that they made? So that's what kind of garner some interest on that one. Now, there are two kinds of ants. I guess that form these structures. You have your aunts that form rafts, and you have your aunts that formed towers and the ants also sometimes foreign bridges are there differences between the raft and some tower ants for those in our studies that we have in a lab, they're the same answer. They're not slim absence Indika village, what you call common fire ants in the south of USA and can find them anywhere supposed to Georgia. So they're considered invasive species. So we can kind of have free range to do. Silence on them and since.

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