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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bees solve complex math problems, easily. (Traveling Salesman problem)

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London have discovered that  learn to fly the shortest possible route between flowers even if they discover the flowers in a different order. Bees are effectively solving the 'Travelling Salesman Problem', and these are the first animals found to do this.
The Travelling Salesman must find the shortest route that allows him to visit all locations on his route. Computers solve it by comparing the length of all possible routes and choosing the shortest. However, bees solve it without computer assistance using a brain the size of grass seed.

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