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Bees dance for directions

29 Oct, 201301:00

Most people have experienced the frustration of failing to find a location because they've been given confusing directions. But even though humans can often be hopeless at giving directions, the humble honeybee manages to give excellent directions, even though it does so in a very unusual way.

Scientists have long known that when honeybees discover a new food source, they return to the hive and perform a special dance that, remarkably, informs the other bees where to find the food. But this dancing mode of communication is so complicated that it took Austrian naturalist Karl von Frisch 20 years to decipher it. Since complicated dance routines require the planning and forethought of an intelligent choreographer, wouldn't it be reasonable to conclude that a super-intelligent mind programmed the bees were with this remarkable form of communication?

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