Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Bee accountants

Today in Science Advances, "Numerical cognition in honeybees enables addition and subtraction".

From the abstract: "... We show that honeybees, with a miniature brain, can learn to use blue and yellow as symbolic representations for addition or subtraction. In a free-flying environment, individual bees used this information to solve unfamiliar problems involving adding or subtracting one element from a group of elements. This display of numerosity requires bees to acquire long-term rules and use short-term working memory.  ..."

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