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Send Ants to College

Nothing says summer like ants. They’re at your picnics, on your porch, why there’s one crawling up your leg right now. Well, now it’s your chance to turn the tables, picnic and otherwise, on these summertime pests. Because researchers at North Carolina State University want your ants—for science.
没有人喜欢夏天的蚂蚁。他们出现在你的野餐中,你的门廊上,还有一只正在从的脚下往上趴。好吧,现在是你为这些夏季昆虫敞开餐桌的时候。因为北卡罗莱纳州立大学的研究人员需要这些蚂蚁来研究。

The project, on the web at schoolofants.org, is calling on teachers, students and citizen-scientists of all ages to help catalog the kinds of ants that live in urban areas: at your school, where you work or outside your front door.
这个项目在网页schoolofants.org可以找到,它号召所有年龄段的老师,学生和民间科学家来分类城市中的蚂蚁,它们生活在你学校,在你工作的地方,或者就在你的家门外。

They supply a collection kit that comes with nine vials pre-loaded with cookie crumbs. Just plop a few vials on the lawn and some on the sidewalk, wait an hour, and then ship your samples back to the scientists. They’ll identify the ants and load the data onto an interactive online map where you can see your specimens and check out the biodiversity in your backyard.
他们提供的采集装备是一种有9个装着饼干屑的小瓶子。将一些小瓶子放在草丛或者人行道上,一个小时后,将得到的样本给科学家。他们会识别蚂蚁的种类并且将数据存入相关的在线地图上,在地图上你可以找到你的标本并且能获得你花园中的生物多样性。

You could turn up a something special, like the elusive Bigfoot Ant, North America’s rarest ant species. Or be the first to find a common species unknown in your area. Either way, the ants you mail off will never crawl up your leg again.
你可以找到一些特殊的蚂蚁种类,像很少见的大脚蚂蚁是北美最稀有的蚂蚁种类。或者第一个发现你所在区域内未知的普通品种。此外,那些被你送去大学的蚂蚁再也不会爬到你腿上了。

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