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Want to get out alive? Follow the ants - "Emergency exits work better when they are obstructed." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 23, 2014 - 42 comments

I'm gonna eat a shit ton more ants.

New Year's resolutions for an anteater.
posted by hydrophonic on Jan 1, 2014 - 28 comments

Digital Black-Bag Ops:

Der Spiegel reports on the NSA's "plumbers" at the Office of Tailored Access Operations, who collect and deploy exploits to infiltrate computers and even redirect shipments so they can install malware and hardware backdoors on electronics ordered by those they are targeting. Jacob Appelbaum [AKA ioerror] reports on the NSA's 'catalog', which ranges from $30 monitor cables that send back screenshots, to exploits for network security hardware from Cisco and Huawei, to backdoored BIOS code and firmware for all major hard drive manucfacturers. While some of the NSA's malware requires physical access or proximity, much of it is remotely installable over the Internet.

At the 30c3 conference in Hamburg, Appelbaum gives an in-depth talk about the NSA's Tailored Access Operations hacking activities and its 'interdiction' process, whereby computers are tampered with during shipping or as part of a 'black-bag' operation. Appelbaum, a Wikileaks affiliate who has reported on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, has been personally targeted by such operations, as have his family members.
posted by anemone of the state on Dec 30, 2013 - 201 comments

antgifs

antgifs, via projects.
posted by curious nu on Mar 12, 2013 - 19 comments

Ant Comics

Ant Comics. (nsfw for giant ant queen sex).
posted by rollick on Feb 27, 2013 - 33 comments

(Please be) dead ant

This ant was as large as a hummingbird.
posted by curious nu on Dec 14, 2012 - 32 comments

Bowerbirds: intentional architects, and accidental farmers

Bowerbirds, a family of 20 species in eight genera, are a fascinating bunch of birds who range from New Guinea and Australia. Some are flashy, others drab, but all are named for the "bowers" (avenues, huts, or towers of sticks; source) that the males craft and decorate to attract a mate. There are regional styles (PDF) in the design of the bowers, and the male Greater Bowerbirds even employ optical illusions. Some, like the Vogelkop Bowerbird, add mimicry vocal to their repertoire of courting methods. Add accidental cultivation to the list of fascinating features of the bowerbirds. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 26, 2012 - 44 comments

hey, Ant...

Not much is stranger than a small red ant talking like Dean Martin and a giant blue aardvark that talks like Jackie Mason. The Ant and the Aardvark were a series of 17 theatrical short cartoons produced between 1969 and 1970 by animator Friz Freleng's studio, DePatie-Freleng. (MLYT). [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik on Mar 7, 2011 - 36 comments

Alternate title: Ants, Nature's Secret BAMFs

Ants: Nature's Secret Power [Hulu] [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 14, 2010 - 13 comments

There's always a worse ant story.

Invasion: You think it'd be impossible to share your house with your wife, your daughter, and fifty million or so Argentine ants (previously on MetaFilter). And you would be correct [Via].
posted by infinitywaltz on Jul 27, 2010 - 106 comments

The life of an ant colony, with a touch of poetic license

Trailhead, the life of an ant colony, as dramatized by E.O. Wilson.
posted by shivohum on Jan 27, 2010 - 15 comments

The Fungus Overlords

The Fungus Overlords
posted by Dumsnill on Jul 30, 2009 - 30 comments

Robot ant on youtube

I, for one, welcome our new sigle link youtube post overlords!
posted by joelf on Apr 7, 2009 - 66 comments

Smells Like Spartacus

The Uprising Of The Ants: "Alexandra Achenbach and Susanne Foitzik from Ludwig Maximillians Universty in Munich found that some of the kidnapped workers don't bow to the whims of their new queen. Once they have matured, they start killing the pupae of their captors, destroying as many as two-thirds of the colony's brood. "
posted by The Whelk on Apr 2, 2009 - 32 comments

Friend or Foe?

In 2007, Stuart Godard (alias Adam Ant) published his autobiography in which, among other things, he discussed his lifelong battle with manic depression (bipolar disorder). Our friends at YouTube have posted a tv special about his life: The Madness of Prince Charming Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Dec 2, 2008 - 35 comments

I Feel Beneath The White There is a Burundi

When Malcolm McLaren was managing Stuart Goddard (alias Adam Ant), there was one song that Adam says he listened to over and over -- Burundi Black. You can definitely hear the influence. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on May 20, 2008 - 32 comments

Another Reason I'm Glad I'm Not An Ant

Continuing the recent theme of horrifying parasites, here's an infectious little nematode that makes its host swell up into a plump, juicy, red berry so that birds will mistakenly eat its bloated ichorous abdomen and spread the eggs. (via) [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Jan 21, 2008 - 31 comments

Single link to a post a weird insects

A few weird and interesting insects
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 8, 2007 - 19 comments

Japanese Ant Database Group

Japanese Ant Database Group.
posted by hama7 on Oct 15, 2006 - 7 comments

Visit Australia!

Australia is well known for having more than it's share of dangerous wildlife. However only a few examples are well known outside of the continent. The funnelweb spider might be Australia's most infamous horror. But the redback (a relative of the American black widow) and mouse spider both deserve your respect as well. Long hyped as causing severe ulceration, the reputation of the white-tailed spider might not be as deserved but is still a spider of concern. (more inside...)
posted by weretable and the undead chairs on Aug 2, 2006 - 86 comments

Antkendo

Antkendo... defeat the opposing samurai ant by clicking above, below and on your own samurai ant. Good luck, though. The other guy is preternaturally good. [note: flash]
posted by crunchland on Sep 16, 2005 - 11 comments

So named as they drive everything out of their path

Driver ants. Also known as siafu, the ants form colonies of up to 22 million individuals. When on the move, the workers travel in narrow ant highways which are surrounded by the larger soldier ants. Males are also known as sausage flies and are the largest ants found on earth.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs on Aug 27, 2005 - 14 comments

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