Farewell to the Creator of the Ant Farm

I will make it no secret. I've been asking my wife for years if we could get a glow-in-the-dark ant farm. Now that our daughter is 3, the moment is imminent when I will probably enjoy our new pets more than she will. So when I saw news today that Milton Levine had died, "the co-creator of ant farms," I felt sad.

My Nerdy Attempt to Map U.S. Biodiversity

There have been a number of times when I have wondered which states are the most biodiverse in the nation. I was surprised to discover that this information is not easily found, so I set out to make my own map and resource that would help people to easily obtain this information. And, yes, I [...]

Do Ants Count Their Steps? Watch this Great 4 Minute Video to Find Out

On the day after Thanksgiving, NPR decided to strangely dump a fantastic piece of evergreen content on the internet. Why they would choose to do this on a day when more people weren't paying attention I don't know. It's an animated video that humorously illustrates an experiment that was designed to find out if ants have internal pedometers-- basically, if when they go back and forth to the nest they are counting their steps.