Not Your Grandma's Ant Farm!
In my mind, ant farms are sort of pegged to the same era of science toys as chemistry sets and DNA snap-tite models (the kind endorsed by Watson and Crick!). They're all mythical kids' toys I've heard of, but never really got to enjoy. I guess that's why I'm happy to see that the ant farm is making a comeback (this time without Uncle Milton). The modern version from AntWorks uses a gorgeous blue gel created by NASA that glows when you plug in the frame. The substance acts as both habitat and food for your pet ants, and you watch as the amazing pests dig through the stuff to create a colony. According to ThinkGeek, "AntWorks is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity." And while you do have to catch the ants yourself, the package does come with an ant catching kit and instruction booklet. I'm not sure if that means you get a packet of crumbs and are "instructed" to leave them under your couch till the ants arrive, but I'm guessing it's fancier than that. Link (via Digg)