Episode 27: Cockroaches Divide Without Counting

Episode 27 is up, and it’s a dandy. Cockroach groups are showing these smart behaviours. How can that be? We all know cockroaches are dumb, right? …or are they??? Decide for yourself.

The paper is:

Amé, J.-M., J. Halloy, C. Rivault, C. Detrain, and J. L. Deneubourg. 2006. Collegial decision making based on social amplification leads to optimal group formation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0507877103.

The puzzle this week is called “Nails and String.”