Ants are often seen as mindless little drones, carrying out whatever orders and whatever work has been programmed into their tiny brains without a shred of complaint. But as it turns out, workers ants who are enslaved by other ants do sometimes rebel against their captors. LET MY PEOPLE GO.
In a paper written by Deborah Gordon and Balaji Prabhakar of Stanford University, ants instinctively speak the same language as the internet. No, not “OMGLOLFAG L2 SNIPE”, but the actual coded structure of the internet.
Ants are pretty awesome little creatures, as long as they stay little creatures. But by activating ancient genes, scientists have created giant headed, giant-jawed supersoldier ants. They’re still mostly normal ant size except for their FREAKISHLY LARGE HEADS. It’s like an orange on a toothpick. It’s a virtual planetoid. It’s got its own weather system.
From Texas to Mississippi, a species of ant known as the crazy hairy ant have been causing thousands and thousands of dollars in damage, destroying crops, beehives and even industrial machinery. It would have been funnier if it were a million crazy hairy aunts with a “u”, but okay, ants.
The Amazon rainforest is a crazy fucking place, with billions upon billions of species in competition with each other every hour of every day. And out of that cacophany of life, sometimes really weird species emerge like Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a kind of fungus that can mind control ants into giving them the optimal breeding ground. That picture above is the fungus happily sprouting from an ant’s brain after mind-controlling to the perfect spot.