An ant climbs the finger of an ant researcher

As any grad student can tell you, science can involve horrible jobs: combing through poo, flensing carcasses, any number of “pipette monkey” tasks. But there is a job so terrible and numbing, so doomed to end in cursing and tears and cramped hands and trembling fingers, that all else pales before it. Identifying thousands of ants. But ASU's Andrew Burchill has found a solution.

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