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Suppose a group of 100...

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Suppose a group of 100 people were given the ask of moving a piece of stone weighing thirteen tons one-half mile up a vertical cliff. To add to the challenge, the people are not allowed to use any tools save their hands, arms, legs, and backs. Could they do it? Impossible.

But ants could. When confronted with a dead bee or other insect, many times their body size and weight, ants crawl underneath and attempt to move the potential food source back to the nest. If it is too heavy, the ants will work together, sometimes involving
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