Outreach

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 Here is a nice article from Cornelia explaining the long term project to understand olfactory navigation in ants.

The article was an accompaniment to The Royal Institute of Navigation conference, where Cornelia was giving a talk. Click on the thumbnail to access the pdf.

 

Andy and Paul's pop science article: "How smart is an ant?" from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review (Vol 21, Issue 4, pages 19-21) is now available online. Catalyst is an online and print magazine from the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme.

We have developed a series of Java applets to demonstrate the approach of synthetic simulations in biology. Using this approach it is possible to explore how simple rules can lead to complex emerging behaviour. The applets focus on the communication of worker ants through pheromone deposits in the environment. The applets can be accessed here.

 

RSSSE 2010 logoIn 2010, we were invited to explain our research at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition which was held at the Royal Festival Hall over 11 days. The exhibition was held to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society and attracted almost 50 000 visitors. Many tried their hand at the Ant-Challenge by measuring their spatial abilities against the humble ant.

 +plus magazineFollowing the exhibition, we have produced a pop science article (suitable for secondary school children-  and up!) which explains how the amazing navigation abilities of ants may come from their ability to do simple mathematics. The article, entitled "Finding your way home without knowing where you are" appears in the online +Plus Magazine which is aimed at all those people, of any age, who are interested in the maths behind everyday (but still amazing) things: http://plus.maths.org/content/finding-way-home.

 

Alex talks about Brains on Board