Some Ants Never Get Old

It’s better to burn out than to fade away, according to Neil Young. And one ant species seems to embody this timeless philosophical advice.

Getting old is no fun. Failing bodies, faltering eyesight and declining health plague us as we enter the autumn of our lives. Aging for humans is as implacable as it is frightening, and despite years of research, we have made very little headway in halting our senescence.

For one species of ant, the passage of time isn’t associated with diminishing

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