Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bumblebees Recognize People

This article explains that bumblebees trained with photos can remember faces. Does that mean bees could be used to assassinate people who are allergic? I go to the positive immediately...

From bees to wasps, spiders and even sheep, other animals have proven they can not only recognize our faces, but they navigate mazes, match objects and shapes and even associate smells with previous experiences. "Sometimes I wonder what we are doing with two-kilogram brains," mused Srinivasan.

Uh, making mazes and training insects to recognize photos?

3 comments :

Pavel Curtis said...

I can't believe how quickly you moved to assassination! Lynn, you've got to take some time off! :-)

Angus McIntyre said...

Assassination? Perhaps not. But it could certainly form the basis of a great prank.

"Why do birds^H^H^H^Hees suddenly appear, every time you are near?" etc.

Well, uh, that would be because they associate your face with sugary snacks, actually.

Lynn said...

My readers are a critical and creative lot :-)