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Oddly Enough

Britain's science breakthrough: Brainy bees

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>> They may have tiny brains, but these bumblebees have just proven themselves to be highly intelligent. Scientists in Britain trained them to pull strings to reach their food. What followed was surprising. The bees were able to teach others in their colony and pass on their newly learned knowledge.
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For many scientists the results are surprising considering the size of the bees brain and nervous system. The test shows they can pass their new skills through several generations or what researchers are calling culture spread. Adding to growing evidence that it's not just a human specific thing. It's usually just a test for apes and birds but this shows for the first time that some insects are up to the task.