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Bees Learn to Roll Balls

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Bees Learn to Roll Balls, Earn Rewards

Bumblebees show scientists that they can learn so-called “unnatural” activities, such as rolling a ball into a target.

View video: Live Science

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More details on this study an a second video:

Bumble bees are surprisingly innovative.

Bumble bees may have small brains, but that doesn’t mean they’re not inventive. A new study shows that the insects can innovate to solve complex problems, quickly figuring out a better way to get a sugar reward. Such mental flexibility may help bees overcome human-caused changes to their environment.

Read more: Science Magazine

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I am totally blown away by this. I had no idea that bees were capable of such complex learning.

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all life is as smart as it needs to be plus a little.  humans extra plus a little.

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We buy our honey from a local bee-raiser. It's fascinating hobby I would love to try one day, backyard/neighbors willing!

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That's fascinating and all, but would time be better spent on determining why the "free-range" honey and bumble bees are dying off?

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Pesticides

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2 hours ago, paperdyer said:

That's fascinating and all, but would time be better spent on determining why the "free-range" honey and bumble bees are dying off?

Alien bees, chemicals and cimate change

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I hope some are Scottish.  Our national socceroo team could be doing wth replacing our bungling Bs with these bumble ones.

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55 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

I hope some are Scottish.  Our national socceroo team could be doing wth replacing our bungling Bs with these bumble ones.

You just have to figure out a way to put those tiny little jerseys on them.

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12 minutes ago, Likely Guy said:

You just have to figure out a way to put those tiny little jerseys on them.

As they fly down the wing.  lol

We could just change our national jersey from blue to black with orange stripes!  I doubt our WASPs would mind.

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That is so supercool, nature never cease to wonder. 

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See the experiment they are just following a linear path set for them by use of obstacle borders. If there is no border then i want to know how capable they are in doing same task.

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On 2/23/2017 at 2:58 PM, Claire. said:

Bees Learn to Roll Balls, Earn Rewards

Bumblebees show scientists that they can learn so-called “unnatural” activities, such as rolling a ball into a target.

View video: Live Science

Wow, that's awesome! I just watched a video of a bee rolling a ball.

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