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From the Ted Talk by Deborah Gordon: What ants teach us about the brain, cancer and the Internet

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

So then I was able to ask, okay, who's doing better? Over the time of the _____, and especially in the past 10 years, there's been a very severe and deepening drought in the ____________ U.S., and it _____ out that the colonies that conserve _____, that stay in when it's really hot outside, and thus sacrifice getting as much food as possible, are the ones more likely to have _________ colonies. So all this time, I thought that colony 154 was a loser, because on really dry days, there'd be just this trickle of ________, while the other colonies were out foraging, getting lots of food, but in fact, colony 154 is a huge success. She's a _________. She's one of the rare great-grandmothers on the site. To my knowledge, this is the first time that we've been able to track the ongoing evolution of collective behavior in a natural population of animals and find out what's actually working best.

Solution

  1. matriarch
  2. study
  3. southwestern
  4. turns
  5. foraging
  6. water
  7. offspring

Original Text

So then I was able to ask, okay, who's doing better? Over the time of the study, and especially in the past 10 years, there's been a very severe and deepening drought in the Southwestern U.S., and it turns out that the colonies that conserve water, that stay in when it's really hot outside, and thus sacrifice getting as much food as possible, are the ones more likely to have offspring colonies. So all this time, I thought that colony 154 was a loser, because on really dry days, there'd be just this trickle of foraging, while the other colonies were out foraging, getting lots of food, but in fact, colony 154 is a huge success. She's a matriarch. She's one of the rare great-grandmothers on the site. To my knowledge, this is the first time that we've been able to track the ongoing evolution of collective behavior in a natural population of animals and find out what's actually working best.

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