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Calculating Swarms

Ant teamwork suggests models for computing faster and organizing better

5:11pm, June 18, 2004

The frenetic scurrying of ants around a nest may seem like much ado about nothing. There's method in their madness, however.

All this activity adds up to ingenious strategies for collectively working out the shortest path to a food source, combining forces to move a large, unwieldy object, and performing other functions crucial to an ant colony's well-being.

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