Scientists At The Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab Name New Species
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Good morning. I'm David Greene. Two scientists from the Smithsonian's Ant Lab discovered three new species of silky ants. And they named one from Venezuela Sericomyrmex Radioheadi. Almost sounds like a British band - no accident. The website phys.org reports the scientists wanted to honor Radiohead for their conservation work. And, I mean, who wants an award or honorary degree when you can have a fungus farming ant from the Amazon named after you?
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CREEP")
RADIOHEAD: (Singing) I wish I was special.
GREENE: It's MORNING EDITION.
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