Running ants: Why scientists built an insect treadmill

Biologists of the University of Freiburg have used a spherical treadmill to investigate how desert ants navigate in a featureless environment. Cataglyphis desert ants live in salt pans and are ideal models for such navigation research. When they set out in search of food in their flat, bare, hostile environment, they are always able to find their way back to their nest via the shortest route possible using an internal navigation system. The biologists published their results in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

Running ants: Why scientists built an insect treadmill

Researchers are hoping to reveal the insects' navigation secrets to help the development of robots.

Thu 16 Feb 17 from BBC News

Biologists report findings on ants' internal navigation systems

Biologists of the University of Freiburg have used a spherical treadmill to investigate how desert ants navigate in a featureless environment. Cataglyphis desert ants live in salt pans and are ...

Thu 16 Feb 17 from Phys.org

Ants run on strange spherical treadmills

Researchers from Ulm University in Germany crafted the treadmill (pictured) using dental floss and a Styrofoam ball as they explored the homing behaviour of desert ants.

Fri 17 Feb 17 from Daily Mail

For Science, Ants Have to Run on This Never-Ending Treadmill From Hell

Given their size and limited brain power, ants have an uncanny ability to find their way home after lengthy foraging excursions. To figure out how they do it, scientists from Germany have developed ...

Thu 16 Feb 17 from Gizmodo

Ants Scurry on 'Treadmills' for Science

For the first time, scientists have analyzed the rhythm of ants' steps by tracking them as they walk on special treadmills.

Thu 16 Feb 17 from Livescience

How ants find their way in the desert

Brooks HaysFeb. 17 (UPI) -- Scientists in Germany designed a treadmill to study the navigational abilities of a pair of desert ant species.

Fri 17 Feb 17 from UPI

Same behavior outdoors and in the lab

A spherical treadmill allows biologists to investigate how desert ants find their way in a featureless environment

Thu 16 Feb 17 from AlphaGalileo

Same behavior outdoors and in the lab, Thu 16 Feb 17 from Eurekalert

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