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Why Ants Don't Get Stuck In Traffic

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Why don't ants get stuck in traffic? The question isn't as nonsensical as it seems. They move en masse from place to place just like we do, and yet they don't experience the delays and jams that plague our highways. Explore the factors that influence their smooth traffic patterns in the video below.

Why Don't Ants Get Stuck In Traffic?

They're just as numerous as we are, but they move way more smoothly. Here's what we could learn from the tiny critters.

How Not To Get Stuck In Traffic

A few lessons from science on how to make your commute a little easier.

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How Closing Roads Can Speed Up Traffic

Learn about the Braess Paradox.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Braess paradox is a counterintuitive phenomenon stating that closing roads can actually speed up traffic. 00:01

  2. In physics, the Braess paradox can affect how far a set of springs stretches under a constant force. 06:18

  3. The Braess paradox is used in basketball to explain the Ewing paradox. 06:37

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