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Ant Work, spectacular toy based on NASA experiment

This Blog Rules featured an article and some fantastic photos of a toy based on a NASA experiment with ants. It's the coolest looking ant farm I've ever seen. 

http://www.thisblogrules.com/2009/11/ant-works-spectacular-nasa-experiment.html#



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kelseymh7 years ago
Culturespy, would you be willing to fix the title to be more accurate? The AntWorks farm you've shown, and what was written up in the blog, is not a "NASA experiment," but a $20 commercial product (kids' toy).

It may be true that the nutrient gel itself was originally developed by NASA (I found a 1974 review article discussing the topic), but not the whole product.

This doesn't detract from the coolness, but I hate misleading science :-(
Culturespy (author)  kelseymh7 years ago
There you go. Thanks for pointing that out. ...Now if I can get a few pounds of that gel. That blog post really was a little misleading.
Here's the recipe.... Mostly gellum gel with a little nutrients and sugar and a tone of preservatives.
Looks like you can buy the kits for as little as $13 (see my link). A more focused search (maybe "insect nutrient gel" or something) ought to get you bulk suppliers.
kelseymh7 years ago
Why was this the first thing that came to mind?


(A longer version is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnPGDWD_oLE)
Moi aussi. L
You're Austrailian?!? I always thought you were British... ;->
Ha, ha, ha. L
Culturespy (author)  kelseymh7 years ago
Yeah, ill change it as soon as I get to a computer. I just stuck with the blogs title but am happy to make it more accurate.
No worries. It was interesting reading the blog's comments, which is what led me to check for myself.