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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Amazing Discovery about Bees

Bees have a brain the size of a grass seed. We don’t usually give much importance to such a small entity. Now, here is the surprise. Scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London have discovered that bees can solve complex mathematical problems. They could easily solve the 'travelling salesman's' shortest route problem. They learn to fly the shortest route between flowers discovered in random order. 

In experiments conducted bees quickly learned to fly the best route for saving time and energy. Scientists are stumped by this feat of bees and are probing ways of getting to the root of the mystery. There seems to be no end to the mysteries of nature. We have only scratched the surface.

Fascinating details of the discovery appear in the latest issue of journal The American Naturalist.

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