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(Science Magazine)   Termite Suicide Bombers. And no, that's not a band name   (news.sciencemag.org) divider line 17
    More: Interesting, termites, Academy of Sciences, French Guiana, behavioral ecologist, eusociality, number of species, nests, secretions  
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2012-07-27 11:56:59 AM
Too bad, that's a great name for a band
 
2012-07-27 11:58:05 AM
Well, at least they'll get their 72 queens in termite heaven.
 
2012-07-27 12:03:40 PM
Ahem. Termite homicide bombers

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2012-07-27 12:31:03 PM
Want some good band names? Look at the titles of the stuff the Gnostics wrote.

The Sentences of Sextus
Trimorphic Protennoia
The Thunder, Perfect Mind
The Hypostasis of the Archons
The Tripartite Tractate
 
2012-07-27 01:17:10 PM
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2012-07-27 01:17:23 PM
FTFA: Since N. taracua have soldiers, it's especially surprising to see workers exploding

Well, I guess they're having a hard time finding other work, and their only recourse was to join the military.

it's especially surprising to see workers exploding

Isn't it always?
 
2012-07-27 01:32:05 PM

GeeksAreMyPeeps: FTFA: Since N. taracua have soldiers, it's especially surprising to see workers exploding

Well, I guess they're having a hard time finding other work, and their only recourse was to join the military.

it's especially surprising to see workers exploding

Isn't it always?



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Disagrees.
 
2012-07-27 01:34:04 PM
It is now, subby. It. Is. Now.
 
2012-07-27 02:00:11 PM
Well now we know what will be in the next expansion for
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New units...
 
2012-07-27 02:07:51 PM
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Just ordered popcorn.
 
2012-07-27 02:17:49 PM
more proof that evolution is false.

obscure?
 
2012-07-27 02:22:20 PM
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"For the Overmind!"
 
2012-07-27 02:58:42 PM
The aged termites carry out suicide missions on behalf of their nest mates.

allah ash bark!
 
2012-07-27 07:04:55 PM
" It's the first time two interacting chemicals have been shown responsible for a defense mechanism in termites, he says"

From the Wikipedia entry for the bombardier beetle:

"A bombardier beetle produces and stores two reactant chemical compounds, hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide, in separate reservoirs in the rear tip of its abdomen. When threatened, the beetle contracts muscles that force the two reactants through valved tubes into a mixing chamber containing water and a mixture of catalytic enzymes. When combined, the reactants undergo a violent exothermic chemical reaction, raising the temperature to near the boiling point of water.
 
2012-07-27 07:35:31 PM

bizzwire: " It's the first time two interacting chemicals have been shown responsible for a defense mechanism in termites, he says"

From the Wikipedia entry for the bombardier beetle:

"A bombardier beetle produces and stores two reactant chemical compounds, hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide, in separate reservoirs in the rear tip of its abdomen. When threatened, the beetle contracts muscles that force the two reactants through valved tubes into a mixing chamber containing water and a mixture of catalytic enzymes. When combined, the reactants undergo a violent exothermic chemical reaction, raising the temperature to near the boiling point of water.


Reread your quoted sentence. A beetle is not a termite.
 
2012-07-27 10:32:48 PM

UrCa: bizzwire: " It's the first time two interacting chemicals have been shown responsible for a defense mechanism in termites, he says"

From the Wikipedia entry for the bombardier beetle:

"A bombardier beetle produces and stores two reactant chemical compounds, hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide, in separate reservoirs in the rear tip of its abdomen. When threatened, the beetle contracts muscles that force the two reactants through valved tubes into a mixing chamber containing water and a mixture of catalytic enzymes. When combined, the reactants undergo a violent exothermic chemical reaction, raising the temperature to near the boiling point of water.

Reread your quoted sentence. A beetle is not a termite.


Good point.
 
2012-07-28 06:53:38 AM
 
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