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Bees: The Littlest Mathletes

Written by PETA | October 27, 2010
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Need to figure out the quickest route to a destination? Skip the GPS and ask a bee. Turns out bees are really good at math, especially when it comes to solving the “traveling salesman problem,” which involves computing the shortest distance between two locations. These are calculations that can take a computer days to complete. So if you’re worried that your math skills aren’t sufficient to make you an “A” student, maybe you’ll succeed as a bee student!

Impressed with these apian academics’ calculating nature? A great way to show it is by letting our little black-and-yellow buddies keep their honey—here’s why.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Dancingmexican says:

    Thank you for posting this and for providing the link to factory farmed bee colony information. As a vegan, I hadn’t truly come to understand what’s so wrong with honey or why I should even be opposed to the notion. This really cleared it up!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Bees are wonderful creatures. Too bad I am allergic to their stings!

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