Zoology: Bee Beep

Ever since Aristotle, scientists have been fascinated by the complex society of the bee. They have studied its remarkable technology, reported on its rigid hierarchy; they have pried out the secret code of dances with which bees communicate. Now, quite by accident, they have discovered that the hardworking, gregarious insects actually talk to each other too.

Zoologist Harald Esch of the University of Munich stumbled on the information while performing an elaborate experiment on bee dances. Prompted by curiosity, he poked a small microphone into the hive while a scout was making...

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