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Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence
02-25-2017, 04:08 PM #1
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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.

Un Strigoi printre noi
02-25-2017, 04:57 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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What the heck?
Who knew... and they can obviously learn.

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02-25-2017, 05:24 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Are they going to have soccer tournaments now? blink.gif
02-25-2017, 08:20 PM #4
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Humans are the dumbest species on planet earth

' Welcome to My Nightmare '
02-25-2017, 09:17 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Never underestimate the power of the reward system for any species- in this case a sugary treat.
02-25-2017, 11:26 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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(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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