Bees Have Mad Math Skills

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Posted October 28, 2010 by peta2 staff

Need to figure out the quickest route to a destination? Skip the GPS and ask a bee. Turns out bees are really good at math, especially when it comes to solving the “traveling salesman problem,” which involves computing the shortest distance between two locations. These are calculations that can take a computer days to complete. So if you’re worried that your math skills aren’t sufficient to make you an “A” student, maybe you’ll succeed as a bee student!

Impressed with bees and their wicked cool navi-math skills? A great way to show it is by letting our little black-and-yellow buddies keep their honey—here’s why.

Just keepin’ it real,




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  • 1668 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Insects are more intelligent than people give them credit for: did you know spiders can count?

  • 1672 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Bees are so clever! And beautiful!

    There’s a lot of substitutes to honey and beeswax, I’m glad I don’t partake in their destruction any longer, they’re beautiful animals

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