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What Termites Can Teach Us


Isoptera have capacities that synthetic biologists and roboticists alike seek to copy.

Credit: Mikel Jaso

New termite colonies are founded on windless evenings, at dusk, after the rain. Most termites have neither eyes nor wings, but every mature colony has a caste of translucent-winged seeing creatures called alates, which are nurtured by the colony's workers until they are ready to propagate.

From The New Yorker
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