Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Even More Evidence That Bees Are Going To Take Over

EIGN has talked about bees a lot. No really, a lot. About how they are dying. And swarming. And suffer some CCD disease whose name sounds a lot like the religious classes friends of ours took when growing up. But now scientists are learning bees can possibly COUNT.

Honeybees have the ability to distinguish and remember visual quantities up to four, according to a new study. Researchers demonstrated that honeybees can match patterns containing the same number of icons, even when the icons are of mixed color and shape. This suggests that honeybees possess a basic number sense that was once thought to be exclusive to vertebrates. (discover magazine)

Great, now even bees are better at math than US kids.

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