posted on Oct, 8 2012 @ 05:12 PM
reply to post by tracehd1
You're correct. It isn't the first time he's done this. You can see several of his works in that video, plus they mention that he has exhibits
throughout various museums around the world.
Some things you can study in the field much better than in a lab. For example, building a giant ant farm would be great if you wanted to see how ants
work in two dimensions. These wild colonies expand outward to the sides and all around. Not all ants build in sand, or are able to build in sand. And
even with minimal opacity it will still become obscured eventually, making some parts of the colony impossible to study. On top of that, you get to
see how the ants work around different soil types and other natural barriers. You just cannot get that range in a lab.
Not too many ants eat living insects or small animals, though they will scavenge dead insects and small animals and eat them. Most ants eat honeydew
from aphids (which some species also farm and raise), other forms of protein such as nuts and seeds, or even fungus that they grow in their
reply to post by Kandinsky
You're right! Termites, wasps, beavers, weaver birds, prairie dogs and spiders are also amazing architects!
Though, I think there must be some correlation with the name of "Walter" and being an awesome scientist (even a fictional one). Obviously, there is
the man behind these ant colony molds, Walter Gilbert (DNA/RNA research, developed new methods of DNA sequencing), Walter Reed (discovered the origins
of yellow fever), Walter White (high school chemistry teacher and entrepreneur), and Walter Bishop (mad scientist).