A Few Things Ill Considered

(OT) Amazing ant engineering feat

Not really apropos to climate change, but I saw this and just had to share.

Ever wondered what it would look like if you could actually see the entire network of tunnels that make up a large ant colony? Well, all it takes is 10 tons of concrete and a few months of labour.

Oh yeah, it also takes a willingness to destroy what you want to study. I have always had mixed feelings about that.


  1. #1 Dan Olner
    March 12, 2010

    We just have to hope we’re not being studied by some 11th dimensional beings who might decide to fill the 3rd dimension with concrete…

  2. #2 skip
    March 12, 2010

    That really was interesting, Coby

    Its *kind* of apropos . . . I wonder if at any point during the concrete insertion that the majority of engineering ants arrived at a consensus that this was an extinction-level event, but a few “skeptics” insisted the models were uncertain and not to worry. The major difference is these poor bastards were gonners anyway–sacrificed for the glory of science. We still have a choice.

  3. #3 Claude
    March 13, 2010

    You posted a low grade ‘cloner vid’ from the original YT poster’s account. The “original” is much better quality (and has half the hits, LOL).

  4. #4 psweet
    March 14, 2010

    I seem to recall that Discover magazine carried a piece quite a few years ago, about a researcher who looked for abandoned colonies, then filled them with a metal alloy to get something similar.