It may be hard to believe, but even minuscule ants think. Researchers found that worker ants using chemical cues to inform each other of their surroundings paused to “think” about the chemical cues before making their next move. So, rather than thinking while moving, the ants think when they are standing still.



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Ants don’t make decisions on the move

SINGLE-MINDED While exploring a new environment, some ants stop walking to plan their next movements. This think-first, walk-later behavior may limit mental strain on busy ants like the Temnothorax albipennis observed in a new study, or the Temnothorax …

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