Fig. 3: Thermal images of a termite mound
As builders go, termites don’t have many tools at their disposal — just their bodies, soil, and saliva. For guidance they have nothing to go on save variations in wind speed and direction and fluctuations in temperature as the sun rises and sets.
Despite such limitations, the insects have managed to develop structures that are efficiently ventilated, a challenge that’s still a struggle for human builders.
Quantum diamond microscopes are one of Ron Walsworth's passions. He is a physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA) and in Harvard's physics department. He also works on atomic clocks, quantum science and exoplanets...