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Bees can count with just four nerve cells in their brains

Bees can solve seemingly clever counting tasks with very small numbers of nerve cells in their brains, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London.  In order to understand how bees count, the researchers simulated a very simple miniature 'brain' on a computer with just four nerve cells—far fewer than a real bee has.  The 'brain' could easily count small quantities of items when inspecting one item closely and then inspecting the next item closely and so on, which is the same way bees count. This differs from humans who glance at all the items and count them together.  Read more...

 

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