Bees Understand Zero, Zip, Nada

Honeybees can conceive and interpret zero. This has just been demonstrated by a scientist from the Research Centre on Animal Cognition (CNRS / Université Toulouse III--Paul Sabatier) and her Australian colleagues, proving for the first time ever that insects are capable of mathematical abstraction. As zero, designating nothingness, neutrality, or absence, is a relatively recent concept for humans, these findings -- published in Science (June 8, 2018) -- raise questions about its symbolic significance in the history of mathematics.

Bees Understand Zero, Zip, Nada

Thu 7 Jun 18 from Discover Magazine

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Thu 14 Jun 18 from Daily Mail

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Fri 8 Jun 18 from Daily Mail

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Thu 7 Jun 18 from Daily Mail

Bees and the thought of naught

Fri 8 Jun 18 from Eurekalert

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