Bees’ tiny brains beat computers, study finds

Bees can solve complex mathematical problems

The article is short on details, but the general claim is that bees can solve the traveling salesman problem, which basically says, given a set of destinations, find the shortest route that visits each of them. For bees the destinations are flowers, and researchers were apparently surprised at how fast the bees could solve the problem. Beyond that we’ll have to wait for the original paper; the Guardian article’s details stop there. Specifically, it doesn’t exactly say that the bees solve the problem faster than computers do (or which computers they’re talking about, or how many bees, or… scholarly writing it ain’t)


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