Bees: The Littlest Mathletes

Published by PETA.
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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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