Archives for December 18, 2012

S&T research predicts growth, survival of ‘superorganism’ ant colonies

Smaller ant colonies tend to live faster, die younger and burn up more energy than their larger counterparts, as do the individual ants that make up those colonies, according to new research that views the colonies as “superorganisms” in which social insects function much like the cells of a body.

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Undergraduate Colin Ryan honored for research on rare-earth phosphates

An undergraduate student at Missouri University of Science and Technology has received national recognition for his research on a process for creating rare-earth phosphates. The process could be used to develop materials for optical sensors and diode lighting applications, such as LED (light-emitting diode) lighting.

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