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Robotic ants surrounding real ants (Dinoponera gigantea) during an experiment. These mobile micro-robots, nicknamed 'Alice', were designed by researcher Gilles Caprari at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. Here, the robots have herded the ants into a group. This research aims to better understand the social behaviour of real ants. The findings may be applied to communication networks and transport organisation. D. gigantea ants can reach 3 centimetres in length. The species is native to South America.
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