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Deborah M. Gordon has spent years studying the behavior or our pesky little friends. We may think of ant as nasty little individuals, but the entire colony is its own kind of life form, from worker ants who live only a year or so to the queen, deep within the hill, who can live to 20 or 30 years. How different are humans? She has thoughts on that too. SHORT STORY on ant colonies, Gorden TED TALK on ants and LONG STORY comparing ant and human behavior.