Scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, were amazed to learn that bees can solve complex mathematical problems that keep computers busy for days. According to an article in The Guardian, the "travelling salesman problem" looks for the shortest route between a set number of locations at fixed distances. The bees tackle it effortlessly, instantly, and with a brain the size of a grass seed. This ability allows the bugs to find the most efficient path among flowers while searching for food, saving valuable flying energy.
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