Today’s Word: Myrmecology

Myrmecology is the study of ants. It’s from Greek myrmex, meaning “ant,” and the reason I’m thinking about it is the wonderful essay about how to improve scientific writing in the New York Times Science section today: “Ants, Better with a Dose of Humanity (and Humor).” I mean, who knew all the trials and tribulations of scientists who must spend their days measuring the size of leeeeeetle bitty ant heads?

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