Creature Feature: Army Ants

A roving hoard marches across the forest floor, millions strong, crushing their prey between powerful, pincer-like mandibles. It’s a raid, and with millions of bodies to feed this swarm moves with startling efficiency. Thousands of the raid’s victims will likely be dead by day’s end. These are the army ants, one of Earth’s most aggressive…

Field Fiasco – Army Ants

When it comes to peeing in the wilderness, us men generally have it pretty easy. Yet, even with all of my natural advantages, I can tell you with certainty that trying to pee while balancing on one foot atop an unstable log, crouched beneath a low cover of prickly vines, and trying to fend off…

The Traveling Sales-Monkey

There is a famous problem in the field of computer science called the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP for short). It goes something like this: you are a salesperson who needs to travel to some specific set of cities, and you want to travel the shortest distance possible. What is the shortest route such that you…