Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Bees can do arithmetic, new study finds


Posted on Thursday, 7 February, 2019 | Comment icon 6 comments

It would seem that bees know how to add and subtract. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Maciej A. Czyzewski
Scientists from Australia and France have determined that bees are capable of mastering basic maths skills.
The remarkable discovery was made thanks to an ingenious experiment which sought to teach honeybees how to recognize different colored symbols representing 'plus' and 'minus'.

The bees were each released into a maze consisting of a tunnel with two alternative exits.

Symbols representing simple mathematical problems were presented to each bee and they were tasked with picking the tunnel that was marked with the correct answer.

If they chose the correct exit they were rewarded with a drink of sugar water.

Incredibly, they were able to get the answer right 75% of the time.

"Our findings suggest that advanced numerical cognition may be found much more widely in nature among non-human animals than previously suspected," said Professor Adrian Dyer.

"If maths doesn't require a massive brain, there might also be new ways for us to incorporate interactions of both long-term rules and working memory into designs to improve rapid AI learning of new problems."

Source: Evening Standard | Comments (6)

Tags: Bees, Maths

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by bison on 7 February, 2019, 17:22
Simple math clearly does't require a large brain. A pocket calculator can do it. Bees could be over-equiped for the simple math tasks they were given. It was only necessary to present the problem in a manner that was appropriate to their  unique sort of mentality. They might have gotten the answer close to 100 percent of the time instead of only 75%, if the experiment had been even more in line with the bees needs, interests, and sensibilities. By the way, snakes can do simple math, too...  What, you never heard of adders?!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Impedancer on 7 February, 2019, 18:15
Beehave bees ;-)
Comment icon #3 Posted by Robotic Jew on 7 February, 2019, 20:10
Great. Another thing that bees can do that I can't!
Comment icon #4 Posted by sci-nerd on 7 February, 2019, 20:19
Let's not forget that bees are fanatics, who will kill and die for their queen. And that they spend most their lives spreading plant "sperm"...
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 10 February, 2019, 1:02
A new game show.  "Is Your 1st Grader Smarter than a Bee?"
Comment icon #6 Posted by fred_mc on 10 February, 2019, 14:51
Nah, I doubt they are so smart, at least the bee I asked to solve a second-degree equation didn't manage ;-) .


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6503460
272954
181057

 
Anomalies found in 'sonic attack' victims' brains
7-23-2019
Scientists have identified 'significant differences' in the brains of the diplomats 'attacked' in Cuba.
Cat filter strikes again during press conference
7-23-2019
A Canadian police press conference about a mysterious double homicide was marred by 'technical difficulties'.
Paranormal author Rosemary Ellen Guiley dies
7-23-2019
The 69-year-old, who wrote dozens of books on a wide variety of paranormal topics, has sadly passed away.
RNLI warns against 'Storm Loch Ness' event
7-22-2019
Lifeboat officials in Scotland have warned social media users not to flock to the world famous loch en masse.
Stories & Experiences
House vibrates
7-20-2019 | Northern part of lower Michigan
 
Sudden writing on hand
7-20-2019 | England
 
 
Spontaneous exorcisms
7-5-2019 | Ontario
 
A call from 'The Lobster'
7-5-2019 | Russia
 
Witnessing tree spirits
6-25-2019 | Ontario
 
I didn't move my blankets
6-25-2019 | Spring, TX
 
Bitten by a spirit?...true story
6-15-2019 | Dallas, Tx
 
Bed shaking
6-15-2019 | India
 
Red floating lights
6-15-2019 | Canada
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
How do move a 13-ton Sphinx ?
Posted 7-3-2019 | 1 comment
A look at how the Sphinx of Ramses II was moved at Philadelphia's Penn Museum.
 
'Deleting' disease using CRISPR
Posted 6-15-2019 | 5 comments
A look at science's goal of eliminating genetic diseases using gene-editing techniques.
 
What happens when lava meets ice ?
Posted 5-18-2019 | 2 comments
This intriguing experiment reveals just what happens when you pour lava on to ice.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2019
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ