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What ants can teach us about epidemics

  What ants can teach us about epidemics Ants rule the world. Well, not literally, but they do monopolize a large percentage of Earth's terrestrial animal biomass. Ants are social animals, just like us. They live in large colonies and in small, enclosed spaces. So what happens when a pathogen makes its way to an ant colony? It looks like ants know a thing or two about disease prevention and control, and perhaps there's something we can learn from them. Browse through the following gallery and find out what ants can teach us about epidemics.

Good morning, it's Monday, April 11. Here's what you need to get going today.

Happening today: Election campaigning kicks off for May 21 poll

Here's the lowdown:

  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison locked in May 21 as the date on Sunday after visiting the Governor-General in Canberra

  • It sets up a six-week campaign that will pit Mr Morrison's Liberal-Nationals Coalition against a Labor Party led by Anthony Albanese

  • Today is the first full day of the campaign, where Mr Morrison and Mr Albanese will travel to marginal seats they're hoping to flip

  • Mr Morrison made a short trip from Canberra to Nowra on the New South Wales south coast, where the Liberals are hoping their star candidate — former state transport minister Andrew Constance — can take the seat of Gilmore from the Labor Party

    Going on a Holiday Road Trip? These Are the Top Ten Tips From Mitsubishi

      Going on a Holiday Road Trip? These Are the Top Ten Tips From Mitsubishi Are you going on a road trip this holiday season? Looks like you're not alone. New research from Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) revealed that one in five Aussies are planning on travelling more than 1,000km across the holiday season. With that, they've given us some of their best road trip tips. As a country full of avid road trippers, it's no surprise that 45% of Aussies preferred model of travel is by driving. According to MMAL, Aussies are taking on average two-three road trips a year, with three in four planning a road trip in 2022. To prepare you, and your vehicles, for the travel season ahead, Mitsubishi are revealing their road trip tips and tricks. 1.

  • The ALP is eyeing northern Tasmania, with Mr Albanese travelling to Launceston and expected to campaign in the seats of Bass and Braddon

One thing you’ll hear about: Australia's secret interrogation centre

During the widely celebrated mission in East Timor, Australian soldiers detained and abused 14 men and boys in a secret interrogation facility. Years later, the detainees are still haunted.

News while you snoozed

Let's get you up to speed.

  • Princess Anne — NSW fire chiefs have described a visit to their headquarters by Princess Anne as "uplifting", with the Princess Royal meeting the families of two volunteer firefighters who were killed during the Black Summer bushfires
  • French election — Emmanuel Macron will face far-right challenger Marine Le Pen in the runoff vote of France's presidential election on April 24, early projections showed
  • Ukraine — The death toll from a missile strike on the train station in Ukraine's Kramatorsk had risen to 57 people

The news Australia is searching for

  • Bus strike — Transport delays and traffic gridlock are expected across Sydney this morning as hundreds of bus drivers walk off the job
  • Alan Tudge — On Sunday, Scott Morrison was asked if former education minister Alan Tudge would be in his cabinet, with Mr Morrison replying that Mr Tudge is still in his cabinetwhich had a few people scratching their heads
  • UFC — Australia's Alexander Volkanovski has retained his UFC featherweight title with a masterclass performance, stopping South Korea's Chan Sung Jung in the fourth round in the US
  • Brooklyn Beckham — The eldest son of Spice Girl-turned-designer Victoria Beckham and soccer star David Beckham has married actress Nicola Peltz

One more thing: Australia's Cameron Smith is competing in the Masters

Australia's Cameron Smith is in the last group on Sunday at the Masters, trying to chase down Scottie Scheffler for a famous victory.

And you can follow the action in our live blog.

That's it for now

We'll be back later on with more.

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Norland College principal reveals how to become an A-list nanny .
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Principal Dr Janet Rose revealed what it takes to be accepted to the 130-year-old Norland College, in Bath, where the Cambridges' nanny trained.The 130-year-old institution in Bath offers four-year courses that trains nannies of the super-elite, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who hired Norland Nanny Maria Borallo to look after their children George, eight, Charlotte, six and Louis, three.

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