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Bee Behavior Mimics Brain Neuron Function
2011-12-09 07:40:14

A new study of bees has come to the conclusion that bee swarm communication works similarly to that of neurons in the human brain. The study, published in the December 9 issue of Science, found that bees use inhibitory “stop” signals to prohibit the scout bees from completing a waggle dance that helps bees learn the directions of competing sites for new hives. This behavior helps to ensure that the best homesite is found for the hive. Thomas Seeley, a biologist from Cornell...

2011-11-18 03:41:45

Tel Aviv University model discovers adaptable decision-making in bacteria communities Much to humans' chagrin, bacteria have superior survival skills. Their decision-making processes and collective behaviors allow them to thrive and even spread efficiently in difficult environments. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a computational model that better explains how bacteria move in a swarm – and this model can be applied to man-made technologies, including...

2009-10-27 09:58:00

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) recently demonstrated autonomous operations by multiple "swarms" of unmanned air and ground vehicles, unattended ground sensors, video cameras and other devices linked together in an intelligent network powered by EdgeFrontier platform technologies from Augusta Systems, Inc. The demonstrations were held at a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facility on Wallops Island, Va. "This...

2009-08-02 14:45:18

Two residents of Green Township, Ohio, say their family home was infiltrated by up to 70,000 honey bees. Susan and Doug Hayes said while they have had problems with bee swarms around their home since 2007, they were unprepared to learn tens of thousands of them were residing within their home's walls, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Saturday. I love nature, bees are important to our ecosystem said Susan Hayes, whose home underwent a thorough bee removal at the hands of beekeeper Bill Jones....

2009-06-26 13:45:53

A Swedish man under investigation for burying 11,000 chickens in a mass grave without alerting authorities said he wasn't himself at the time of the incident. Jan Erik Einarsson, who formerly served as a municipal commissioner in Orkelljunga, said he was in a state of shock when he came home one day and found a fan had broken down in a building containing 15,000 chickens, and 11,000 of the birds had died while trampling one another for air, The Local reported Friday. Of course, I should have...

2009-06-23 09:55:00

Augusta Systems EdgeFrontier Integrates Data from Sensors & Unmanned Vehicles, Creates Platform for Autonomous Operations MORGANTOWN, W.Va., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a $1.3 million contract to Augusta Systems, Inc., provider of technologies that power the intelligent convergence of devices, systems and networks, to test and enhance a distributed, intelligent network capable of managing single and multiple "swarms" of unmanned air,...

2009-06-10 15:24:37

Firefighters said a blaze at a small Florida home got more complicated when Africanized bees swarmed the house. St. Petersburg Fire Department Lt. Joel Granata said the blaze started with a gas water heater on the back porch of Robert Porter's house at about 9:38 a.m. Firefighters arriving to douse the flames were met by what a beekeeper estimated to be 40,000 Africanized bees swarming the front door and walls, the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported Wednesday. Granata said another hazard was...

2009-06-09 21:38:13

Bee swarms have become so common in Kansas City two have had to be removed from the stadium where the Kansas City Royals play. Both swarms were captured May 29 before a crowd of baseball fans arrived to watch the Royals play the Chicago White Sox, The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday. Rheuben Johnson of A-Bee's Honeybee Removal said there were about 75,000 bees in a swarm near the right field gate, one of the biggest he has encountered. The other, on a camera behind home plate, had about...

2009-06-04 17:24:41

Police in Pennsylvania said a beekeeper successfully relocated a 4-inch-thick swarm of 7,000 to 8,000 bees from a resident's fence. Southwest Regional police Chief John Hartman said he was awed by the sight of the bees when he and other police arrived at the scene of the swarm outside Bernadette Rodger's Belle Vernon home, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Thursday. It looked like a rug hanging over the fence, Hartman said. But you could see that the bees were moving around. It was...

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2008-10-06 10:22:17

It's one of the hallmarks of spring: a swarm of bees on the move. But how a swarm locates a new nest site when less than 5% of the community know the way remains a mystery. Curious to find out how swarms cooperate and are guided to their new homes, Tom Seeley, a neurobiologist from Cornell University, and engineers Kevin Schultz and Kevin Passino from The Ohio State University teamed up to find out how swarms are guided to their new home and publish their findings on October 3rd 2008 in The...


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