Scientists Strap Down Ants And Shave Them

Scientists have strapped down and shaved ants as part of their quest to find out how one species stays cool in the scorching Saharan desert. The Saharan silver ant manages to survive in midday temperatures of up to 50C, while other creatures take shelter. Because they are covered in tiny hairs, scientists thought that the thin downy layer was protecting them from the Sun’s rays. To test their theory, they shaved some of the ants to see how they fared in the baking heat. They found that the hairy ants…

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