Midnight In The Desert — ants

Dead Ants Keep Mysteriously Falling Out of Girl's Eyes

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Dead Ants Keep Mysteriously Falling Out of Girl's Eyes

Whenever you feel like you’re having a bad day, just be lucky that you don’t have dead ants pouring from your eyes. This could always get a lot worse – just ask this poor girl from the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. The Times of India report that an 11-year-old girl named Ashwini from the town of Belthangady has some sort of bizarre infestation causing tiny dead ants to fall from her eyes each day. Worst of all? They have no idea what’s causing it or how to stop it. Ashwini’s bizarre condition was first noticed by her parents after...

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Bizarre ant colony discovered in an abandoned Polish nuclear weapons bunker

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Bizarre ant colony discovered in an abandoned Polish nuclear weapons bunker

For the past several years, a group of researchers has been observing a seemingly impossible wood ant colony living in an abandoned nuclear weapons bunker in Templewo, Poland, near the German border. Completely isolated from the outside world, these members of the species Formica polyctena have created an ant society unlike anything we've seen before. The Soviets built the bunker during the Cold War to store nuclear weapons, sinking it below ground and planting trees on top as camouflage. Eventually a massive colony of wood ants took up residence in the soil over the bunker. There was just one problem:...

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Paradise lost: The alien invasion of Hawaii

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Paradise lost: The alien invasion of Hawaii

Over the past three decades, little fire ants have spread throughout the Pacific region and have badly infested parts of Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, northern Australia and the Galápagos Islands. Easily transported by human commerce, they are capable of stowing away in almost anything — cargo, baggage, building materials, cars, potted plants and produce. Wasmannia auropunctata is just one of roughly 40 invasive species that afflict the Hawaii islands; the onslaught of invasive species in the island state contributes to more endangered species per square mile here than anywhere else in the world. But the little fire ant has an...

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