Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bees can count...

...apparently. Carefully controlled research in Australia has confirmed that bees can count - certainly up to three, and maybe to four. Placing bees in a specially designed environment such that they could not use sound or smells to navigate they managed to find their way to an exit hole marked with a series of dots. Is this really counting, or just pattern recognition? Who knows? But, all of a sudden, evolution has to be re-written as we are now not that dissimilar to bees, or is it the other way round. It never ceases to amaze me, even in today's world, that money is still avaialble to spend on interesting but questionably, useful research.

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