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Bees can Solve Computing Problems Faster Than computers

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2012 11:58 PM by AlexMuller

We already know bees are pretty good at facial recognition, and researchers have shown they can also be effective air-quality monitors. Here’s one more reason to keep them around: They’re smarter than computers.


Bumblebees can solve the classic "traveling salesman" problem, which keeps supercomputers busy for days. They learn to fly the shortest possible route between flowers even if they find the flowers in a different order, according to a new British study.


Bees need lots of energy to fly, so they seek the most efficient route among networks of hundreds of flowers. They navigate using angles of sunlight, which helps them find their way home, researchers say. To do this, their tiny brains must pack a powerful memory.(Old bees are more forgetful, according to a separate study that came out last week.)


To test bee problem-solving, researchers Lars Chittka and Mathieu Lihoreau tested bees’ response to computer-controlled artificial flowers. They wanted to see whether the bees would go after the flowers in the order in which they were discovered, or if they would figure out the shortest route among all the flowers even as new ones were added. The bees explored the locations of the flowers and quickly figured out the shortest paths among them, according to a Queen Mary news release.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-27
We need to protect bees Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-30
Cute C-ute-age! I'm happy about that. They probably never had a full biniki shot because Mai was (and still is) really young. As are all the S/mileage. Specially Saki being only 13. But I'm a big Kanon fan (It's like Aibon's come home!) so I will probably check it out for some pics that I can use as icons and signatures.*sigh* I'm really sad that Eri, JunJun, and LinLin will never reach their idol potential. Eri and LinLin could easily be H!P solo artists. I will be keeping my ear on the Great Wall of China to hear if they're any vibrations about Qian Lin (?????). Hopefully she won't let her producer change her name again.*cries* Gah, Miyabi looks like she's 10 again in that photo! Time for another haircut.I have a feeling that 2011 will be the year Chinami kicks all the other BK girls to the curb with her sexiness. She already has the boobs-out butt-out thing down. She might not be the center stage face but she's gonna be the girl in the back you can't help but notice.Look a Yurina's hand! A bit lower and she will be grabbing Momo's ass! And Massa might be grabbing Risako's I don't think well be seeing Risako in a biniki any time soon. Did you see what they had her wearing for HP's Fall concert, Fankora!? Body covered at ALL times. In the finale there are only a few girls that are completely covered and they're known to be the more frumpy and modest of them all; there's LinLin, Sayumi, Massa, Momoko, ect. None of them are C-ute or S/mileage members, and I doubt Erina would ever say no to the stylists. Reply


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