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Honeybees sterilise their hives

Honeybees sterilise their hives with antimicrobial resin, scientists have discovered. Read more

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Ageing honeybees’ learning ability remains intact when social roles are switched

While scientists have been aware of the fact that cognitive function among humans declines as they get older, a research team in Germany have found that ageing honeybees can keep their learning ability intact or even improve it by switching … Continue reading

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Insights into female sperm storage from the spermathecal fluid proteome of the honeybee Apis mellifera

Female animals are often able to store sperm inside their body – in some species even for several decades. Read more

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Calcium — the secret to honeybees’ memory

Long-term memory formation in honeybees is instigated by a calcium ion cascade. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology have shown that calcium acts as a switch between short- and long-term storage of learned information. Read more

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New insight into how bees see

Dr Dyer is one of Australia’s leading bee experts and his latest research shows that honeybees can learn to recognise human faces even when seen from different viewpoints Read More

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A honeybee tells two from three

Honeybees know a thing or two, or three. Even when tricky scientists make those things look different. Read More

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Honeybees can recognise a face

New research from Monash University bee researcher Adrian Dyer could lead to improved artificial intelligence systems and computer programs for facial recognition. Read More

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Scientists breeding better bees

An enhanced-line honey bee stock developed by University of California, Davis bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey, that crosses her bee line “New World Carnolians” with “Old World” Carnolians from Germany, shows genetic promise in aiding the troubled bee industry, research reveals. … Continue reading

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Bees Can Count

Honeybees are clever little creatures. They can form abstract concepts, such as symmetry versus asymmetry, and they use symbolic language – the celebrated waggle dance – to direct their hivemates to flower patches. New reports suggest that they can also … Continue reading

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Quantum Honeybees

How could bees of little brain come up with anything as complex as a dance language? The answer could lie not in biology but in six-dimensional math and the bizarre world of quantum mechanics. Read More

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