Connecting the fifteen largest cities in Germany by using the shortest possible path is a computationally highly complex problem
An overview of the field in which the study was conducted (Image: PLOS Biology)
This simple graph illustrates the mechanism by which the bees travelled from the nest (N) to the five flowers, occasionally testing out new paths until they found a near-optimal one (Image: PLOS Biology)
Studying the behavior of bees might lead to better, much more flexible ways to deal with problems ranging from building faster computer networks to creating more powerful microchips (Photo: Shutterstock)
By studying the behavior of bees, a group of researchers at Queen Mary University of London has documented and modeled the way in which the insects can fly from flower to flower and then come back to their hives expending the least amount of time and energy. The findings might lead to better, much more flexible ways to deal with problems ranging from building faster computer networks to creating more powerful microchips.
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