March 31, 2015 | Suzy

Sometimes I wonder if scientists are sending things into space for a laugh - messages to alien life, missions for twins and now ants...

Why ants? Researchers at Stanford University sent some to the International Space Station to see how well they work together to investigate their surroundings when weightless. The space ants didn't search as thoroughly as their counterparts on Earth, but they still worked as a team.

These scientists want to use ant behaviour to create robots that work together without detailed instructions, wherever they are.

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The scientists want to study the 14,000 ant species here on Earth. People everywhere can join in their research.

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