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Highlights from the American Physical Society meeting

Highlights from the APS March Meeting, Baltimore, March 18-22, 2013

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12:22pm, March 25, 2013

Fire ants need damp soil
Despite its name, the fire ant isn’t afraid of a little water. In fact, the insects need just the right amount of moisture in soil to build superior nests, new experiments show.

Researchers from Georgia Tech in Atlanta filled 14.5-centimeter-deep aluminum tubes with an artificial soil made up of tiny glass beads and various amounts of moisture. The team then gave the stinging, invasive insects 20 hours to get their nest on. CT scans revealed that at about 10 percent moisture content — a medium amount — the ants (Solenopsis invicta) built tunnels twice as long as they did in parched soil. The res

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