Ant time-lapse shows movement patterns

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Ant activity can seem mysterious at times. The pack seems to start out slow as a few head out in your house in search for food. Before you know it, the entire colony is en route to a few crumbs that your toddler dropped on the floor a few hours ago.

Such a pain — but at the same time kind of impressive.

Simon Garnier, an assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, studies swarm intelligence and how ants, seemingly simple insects, can organize themselves at such a relative large scale. See more in the video below from Science Friday, which includes some sweet ant time-lapse footage.

Favorites

Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.

How We Spend Our Money, a Breakdown

We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.

Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.