12 Jun 2018

Clever honey bees can count

From Afternoons, 1:39 pm on 12 June 2018
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Humans and other primates have some understanding of zero and now researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne have discovered honey bees too have the ability to comprehend the concept - the first insect to do this.

It takes humans until they're four years-old to understand zero, so does this make honey bees smarter than us?

Adrian Dyer is an associate professor at the School of Media and Communication and worked with PhD student Scarlett Howard on the study. He talks to Jesse about the fascinating experiment to test honey bees' knowledge of zero.


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