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Could Influence Robotics: Ants can lift up to 5,000 times their own body weight

Ants can lift up to 5,000 times their own body weight, new study suggests
High hopes may help move a rubber tree plant (as the old song goes), but the real secret to the ant’s legendary strength may lie in its tiny neck joint.

In the Journal of Biomechanics, researchers report that the neck joint of a common American field ant can withstand pressures up to 5,000 times the ant’s weight.

“Ants are impressive mechanical systems—astounding, really,” saidCarlos Castro,

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