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Emergence

Just how does intelligent behavior emerge from a collection of simple minded individuals? RadioLab has a great podcast that discusses emergence. It’s applicable to honey bee colonies, ants, our cities and, in my opinion politics! 🙂 Using this kind of intelligence is a great way to solve complex problems. RadioLab asks: What happens when there […]

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The Scale of Things

How we view the world has much to do with our scale of vision. Today, it’s possible to see both ends of the spectrum at incomprehensible scales. Here’s a neat site that can help put things in perspective. Incredible! This gives us beekeepers something to ponder when thinking about the great scheme of things. Thanks […]

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Collaboration

Honeybees are the ultimate collaborators. A colony, the result of that collaboration is much more than just the sum of the parts. There’s another group of great collaborators. And it’s us. Our ability to collaborate makes us what we are. In the past, our collaboration was limited by our means of communication. But today, the […]

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The Beautiful Tricks of Flowers

Another interesting Ted talk. In this visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants — over a quarter million species — have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing ‘landing-strips’ to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps, and even mimicking other insects in heat. Warning: There […]

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