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SCIENCE
March 29, 2013 | By Monte Morin
As a member of the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Swarm Lab , Simon Garnier studies how living things coordinate their behavior in large groups. The assistant biology professor recently used a swarm of micro-robots to dissect the behavior of invasive Argentine ants (read the robot ant story here ), and has also studied nomadic army ants in the jungles of Panama to observe their extraordinary bridge-building capability. In one of two papers published in PLOS Computational Biology on Thursday, Garnier and colleagues from Princeton University described the mechanics of how army ants use their own bodies to erect a bridges over gaps, allowing their fellow ants to walk over them.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Dozens of small earthquakes up to magnitude 4.5 shook the Imperial County desert Wednesday afternoon, but there were no reports of damage. Kate Hutton, a staff seismologist at Caltech in Pasadena, called the event "a very typical Imperial Valley swarm." She said the temblors occurred in the Brawley seismic zone, which runs from the San Andreas Fault on the north to the Imperial Fault on the south. Hutton said additional small quakes could be expected for the next day or two.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Bees swarming in front of a Target department store trapped customers inside while the Fire Department tested a "bee response" policy designed to neutralize Africanized "killer" honeybees. Store manager Tim Hollister said the incident began about 3:30 p.m. when he saw that a swarm of bees had begun to build a hive on a pillar at the store entrance. He called a beekeeper, and the bee response team went into action. Three firefighters were stung, as was a pest control employee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A swarm of about 90 earthquakes has shaken this volcanic area of the Eastern Sierra in the last three days, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Monday. The strongest of the comparatively weak temblors occurred at 3:39 a.m. Monday, measured magnitude 3.2 and was centered 11 miles southeast of Mammoth Lakes, south of the Long Valley caldera. Quite a few of the quakes, however, occurred within the caldera--a huge volcanic crater--six miles southeast of Mammoth Lakes.
NEWS
March 5, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Anti-nuclear protesters hurled stones and firebombs at police and tried to seize control of a road to halt transport of atomic waste. Police reported 250 arrests. The main road to a nuclear waste storage facility at Gorleben remained nearly disabled by tractors and deep holes that protesters tunneled. In the biggest and costliest security operation in postwar Germany, 30,000 police are protecting the shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste from German power plants.
WORLD
November 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Millions of locusts swarmed through southern Israel, devouring crops and flowers in the first such invasion since 1959. Residents of Eilat, on the Red Sea, reported clouds of locusts, some as long as 4 inches, eating palm trees bare and wiping out entire gardens. Some Israelis as well as laborers from Thailand, where locusts are a delicacy, made the best of the outbreak by collecting the insects and taking them home for dinner.
WORLD
December 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Swarms of jellyfish stung nearly 300 swimmers looking to cool off from a heat wave in a Brazilian beach city. At least 15 people, including children and teenagers, were treated in Praia Grande for severe stings, Dr. Adriano Bechara told the Tribuna newspaper. Fire Capt. Atila Gregorio Ribeiro Pereira said the jellyfish were Portuguese men-of-war. Authorities blamed an extreme heat wave over the southeastern region for the swarm in the shallow waters off Praia Grande.
NEWS
December 1, 1997 | Associated Press
A swarm of earthquakes--the largest with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8--shook the Mammoth Lakes area Sunday afternoon, but no damage or injuries were reported, authorities said. More than 40 temblors of magnitude 2.0 or above rattled the quake-prone mountain area Sunday, but only three measured more than 3.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Internet site. A magnitude 3.1 quake at 1:14 p.m. was centered two miles east-southeast of town and was followed three minutes later by a 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Millions of swarming honey bees are on the loose after a truck carrying crates of the buzzing insects flipped over on a highway in Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol says 8- to 12-million bees escaped from the crates in which they were stored, swarming over an area of Highway 99 and stinging officers, firefighters and tow truck drivers who were trying to clear the accident from the roadway. CHP Officer Michael Bradley says at about 10 a.m. a tractor trailer flipped over while entering the highway on its way to Yakima, Wash.
NEWS
August 16, 2001 | Reuters
Hundreds of sharks that gathered off the west coast of Florida this week have swum away, police said Wednesday. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office issued an alert to swimmers and boaters Tuesday after its marine patrol officers spotted a concentration of hundreds of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico about three miles from the county's beaches. The officers checked the area again Wednesday morning and found only a few sharks, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.
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