Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
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Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
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02-25-2017 04:08 PM#1
StrigoiMember
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Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
For the study, published in the February 23 issue of Science, researchers gave a group of bees a novel goal (literally): to move a ball about half their size into a designated target area. The idea was to present them with a task that they would never have encountered in nature. Not only did the bees succeed at this challenge—earning them a sugary treat—but they astonished researchers by figuring out how to meet their new goal in several different ways.

Some bees succeeded at getting their ball into the goal with no demonstration at all, or by first watching the ball move on its own. But the ones that watched other bees successfully complete the game learned to play more quickly and easily. Most impressively, the insects didn't simply copy each other—they watched their companions do it, then figured out on their own how to accomplish the task even more efficiently using their own techniques.

The rest @ smithsonianmag.com

wtf2.gif I have problems house training my dog.

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02-25-2017 04:57 PM#2
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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RE: Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
What the heck?
Who knew... and they can obviously learn.

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02-25-2017 05:24 PM#3
OctoMother Superior
Posts: 42,669Joined: Feb 2011
RE: Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
Are they going to have soccer tournaments now? blink.gif
02-25-2017 08:20 PM#4
-NIGHTMARE-Member
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RE: Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
Humans are the dumbest species on planet earth

' Welcome to My Nightmare '
02-25-2017 09:17 PM#5
UniqueStrangerArt in my heart
Posts: 14,606Joined: Jun 2012
RE: Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
Never underestimate the power of the reward system for any species- in this case a sugary treat.
02-25-2017 11:26 PM#6
OctoMother Superior
Posts: 42,669Joined: Feb 2011
RE: Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
(02-25-2017 08:20 PM)-NIGHTMARE- Wrote:  Humans are the dumbest species on planet earth

Dumb is a fairly modern manmade construct allowed to thrive. Nature has no use for dumb and will be rooted out eventually
03-01-2017 10:28 PM#7
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RE: Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
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