Ants can be aggressive toward each other, fighting to the death over their tree territories. After a fight, victorious colonies have to defend their newly gained territory with a workforce heavily depleted by fighting. A new study shows victorious colonies might offset this challenge by recruiting members of the losing colonies to help, Futurity informs.

To understand the cost to winners, Kathleen Rudolph of the University of Florida and colleagues conducted experiments at Mpala Research Centre in Kenya, instigating ant wars by tying unrelated colonies’ trees together and counting casualties in tarps placed below.

Researchers were further surprised to find that, in some cases, fatal fights with thousands of casualties don’t produce a distinct winner. Instead, colonies cease fighting and fuse together.

“Colonies are battling so aggressively that many individuals die, but then they are able to just stop fighting and form a lasting truce,” Rudolph says. How they know to stop fighting remains a mystery.

According to CNN, mental health has a long-standing public perception problem, but the stigma appears to be shifting, at least in the United States, a new survey reveals. Results from a national online survey on mental health, anxiety and suicide indicate that 90% of Americans value mental and physical health equally. 

"Progress is being made in how American adults view mental health, and the important role it plays in our everyday lives. People see connection between mental health and overall well-being, our ability to function at work and at home and how we view the world around us," said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevettion.

In August, the Mental Health and Suicide Survey was emailed to a random sampling of individuals age 18 and older who live in the United States.

Despite recognizing a link between mental health and overall well-being, the majority of survey participants view access to mental health care inaccessible and costly. 

Amazing footage has emerged of a man beatmoxing a Mozart classic while playing a recorder, writes The Telegraph.

Medhat Mamdouh from Egypt has made similar videos but this one tops the lot.

He recorded himself beatboxing Mozart's Symphony No.40 while playing his recorder.

The video, filmed on March 2 shows Mr Mamdouh skillfully playing his recorder while beatboxing.

Mr Mamdouh previously wowed his online audience by playing the popular Game of Thrones theme song.

Watch the video to see the moment he covered Mozart's Symphony No.40.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day: it’s a dietary truth few would disagree with, TheGuardian reports. Missing breakfast, warn experts, is a recipe for raiding the office vending machine later and piling on the pounds.

When Dr James A Betts, lead researcher for the Bath Breakfast Project, is asked by people how important breakfast is, he says that the jury is still out. His team’s latest research – a randomised controlled trial published this month in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition – shows that neither obese people who eat breakfast, nor those who miss it, lose weight.

These are similar findings to the team’s earlier study of lean people, who were found to have consumed in excess of 500 calories more a day on average if they ate breakfast. Betts says that people don’t catch up on the calories they skipped at breakfast, but instead compensate by preserving energy – they fidget less at their desk or take the lift over the stairs, which, over the days, mounts up as burning fewer calories.

A team of engineers from the US and Germany has developed a program called Face2Face, which allows user to change the facial expressions and replace human speech, captured on video in real-time, according to Engadget.

Videos are edited using a simple web camera that takes facial expression and voice recording. The program then applies the mimics of a controlling actor to any other person. This can be done live and pasted in the video stream. Under the actors control the face on the screen is able to answer questions, and also to simulate facial expressions.

To demonstrate the capabilities of Face2Face, developers have used video with performances by George Bush, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. In each case, the result looked impressive, but some man still can be seen.

So far Face2Face is not available for free use, since it is in development stage. However, its creators intend to bring a product to market in the near future.


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