The Rheology of Ant Swarms

Room 007 of the Love Building at Gatech, Atlanta, Georgia is the home of the Hoogle Lab. It’s run by David L. Hu  (Assistant Professor of Fluid Mechanics) who is the corresponding author for the robotic jumping-beans study which Improbable recently profiled. But the Hoogle Lab doesn’t exclusively focus on jumping beans, it also investigates the ‘rheology’ of ants – in other words the study of how large groups of ants might be compared to fluids. Full details can be found here, including this video showing how ants can be ‘poured’ through a funnel.

For (a few) more details see : Ants as Fluids: Physics-Inspired Biology