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PacSci-Doku: “Electronics Eater”

By Dennis Schatz – Senior Advisor

Do you Sudoku? It’s one of the hottest number games around! Well, here’s a twist we think you’ll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here’s how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You’ll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

What animal seeks to dine on your electronics?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

A  a  Y  R  T  Z  S  N  C

PacSci-Doku: Electronics Eater

Puzzle Difficulty: Medium

The Answer
PacSci-Doku: Electronics Eater

The Answer

The question in this edition is:

What animal seeks to dine on your electronics?

The answer: Crazy Ants

Most of us are used to our electronic devices being destroyed by water, coffee or coke being spilled on them, or dropping our phones in the toilet. We do not think about the devices being eaten by an animal. Meet the crazy ant, which have a propensity to gather in large numbers around wall sockets and electrical equipment. They get their name not from their interest in devouring electronics, but their quick, erratic movement they have when they swarm. They have slowly migrated north from South America and are primarily now found in Texas.

They tend to eat through insulation in electronics to cause short circuits. Their large numbers also produce accumulation of dead ants and other nest debris that can cause electronics to overheat and fail. Read more about the crazy ants and their interest in electronics.

 

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