Ohio State's Carlos Castro, with an ant similar to those used in the study (Photo: The Ohio State University)
The research involved studying the composition and strength of the Allegheny mound ant, an insect commonly found in the east of the United States (Photo: The Ohio State University)
Though ants have long been known to carry loads many times their own weight, a new study has cast light on the extent of this strength and the mechanics responsible for it. Research conducted by a team from The Ohio State University suggests an ant can lift 5,000 times its own body weight, with its neck bearing most of the load, providing a potential blueprint for the development of much stronger robots.
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