26 Feb '17, 9pm

Apparently bees can be taught to golf, kind of

Apparently bees can be taught to golf, kind of

We've all heard the saying, "golf is a game anyone can learn!" I don't think this is quite what they had in mind. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have been testing the intelligence of bees by attempting to teach them a "game" very similar to golf. Here's an excerpt from newscientist.com . They built a circular platform with a small hole in the centre filled with sugar solution, into which bees had to move a ball to get a reward. A researcher showed them how to do this by using a plastic bee on a stick to push the ball. And amazingly, it worked. The bees were able to show not only imitation of the initial demonstration but eventually creative strategy when they were given more difficult "holes." It turns out, according to the author of the study Olli Loukola, that bees learn to play golf the same way humans do. “They don’t just blindly copy the demonstrator; ...

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