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#1    Saru

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:21 AM

Termites in the rainforests of French Guiana literally blow themselves up to help defend their peers.

Nature.com said:

A species of termite found in the rainforests of French Guiana takes altruism seriously: aged workers grow sacks of toxic blue liquid that they explode onto their enemies in an act of suicidal self-sacrifice to help their colonies.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:47 AM

Cool!
As long as they are not called terrorist termites though. That term is so loosely used nowadays...
Lmao
Seriously though cool find. Off to read the entire article now. Thank you for posting this...
no termite jihads either...LOL too low brow? Awe well maybe its a bit late for me...


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Posted 28 July 2012 - 12:07 PM

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 01:19 PM

Cue terrorist jokes.......

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:20 PM

*clears throat*
So termites are like smurf suicide bombers ,and the bad bugs are like gargamel ?

Nahhh,this just doesn't lend well to terrorist jokes.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:11 PM

Ants can do the same thing.

http://news.discover...detonating.html

Bee's do the same thing they every time they sting. Its not really uncommon.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:04 PM

If only the French politicians did the same thing

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:16 PM

View PostParacelse, on 28 July 2012 - 05:04 PM, said:

If only the French politicians did the same thing

why stop with just the French?

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:18 PM

View PostThe Mule, on 28 July 2012 - 05:16 PM, said:

why stop with just the French?

They got dibs they are French termites :P

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:20 PM

View PostParacelse, on 28 July 2012 - 05:18 PM, said:

They got dibs they are French termites :P

oh! busting me not reading the article!!

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:27 PM

View PostThe Mule, on 28 July 2012 - 05:20 PM, said:

oh! busting me not reading the article!!

It's only the tenth word :P

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:35 PM

Stop exploding you cowards!


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Posted 29 July 2012 - 02:06 AM

lol and if this were the same with humans...it would be a utopia! all the worthless and aging people blow up and leave only the productive people alive. wait a min...i happen to be in the worthless catergory...NEVERMIND I GUESS!!


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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:01 AM

View Postcsspwns, on 29 July 2012 - 02:06 AM, said:

lol and if this were the same with humans...it would be a utopia! all the worthless and aging people blow up and leave only the productive people alive. wait a min...i happen to be in the worthless catergory...NEVERMIND I GUESS!!

Another big difference between human and termites would be young human are generally uselless and old ones more productives  :whistle: :whistle:

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:19 AM

so how do they know they have this blue liquid inside them, and how do they know it's poisonous. Especially the first time this liquid appeared in one member of the species at one time during their evolution - how did that member know what to do with it? Before they figured this out, didn't the liquid kill the ants themselves first? Was this seen in advance as an evolutionary advantage before it was proven as such so it wouldn't be dropped?





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