Here’s an interesting project – documenting all of the 15,000 ant species in 3D and making sure the library opens its doors to both scientists and the general public.
US scientists, headed by Dr. Brian Fisher of the California Academy of Sciences, have a task to produce tridimensional photographs of the insects that can survive ever under the roughest conditions.
The good news is that Dr Fisher doesn’t need to trek through rainforests and jungles, he can simply start his journey at the London’s National Museum. The BBC has reported that LNM houses an extensive library of about 6,000 ant species.
The scientists are working on a project called Ant Web, which aims to come up with a full 3D photograph library of the insects.
“You can zoom in and see fine hair, the eyes – all of this even in a microscope is not in focus”, Dr Fisher told the BBC. He continued to say that as a scientist he saw all these details for the first time thanks to 3D.
Image is by the BBC.