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#1 Old 01-12-2006, 10:04 AM
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http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science...eut/index.html



I think this is pretty interesting. Now I'm even more happy that I try to avoid stepping on ants.
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Wow I'm going to print this one out and give it to a few friends of mine. Thanks for sharing this bluebutterfly.

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#3 Old 01-12-2006, 07:16 PM
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I thought it had already been established that bees taught each other as well?



Apprently they do this by means of a dance to instruct others where the food is located.



This would seem even more comlpex as the bee is leading her fellow workers to the food source WITHOUT showing directly where it is in the form of leading the others to it physically.



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#4 Old 01-12-2006, 07:20 PM
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I thought it had already been established that bees taught each other as well?



Apprently they do this by means of a dance to instruct others where the food is located.



This would seem even more comlpex as the bee is leading her fellow workers to the food source WITHOUT showing directly where it is in the form of leading the others to it physically.



Anyone?



This is indeed the case. The headline of the article is flawed.
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I watched a discovery show on killer ants once and since then they scare the living day lights out of me. Those killer ants sure taught each other things. They would touch each other and emit chimicals that spread through the whole colony and and then they would all be focused on one thing. It was crazy.
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#6 Old 01-13-2006, 10:29 AM
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It's strange how slow people are to "discover" these things. Last year on the news I heard "suprising new study reveals cows have emotions like happiness, excitement, and sadness!", and I was thinking "wow, you only figured that out now???"



Researches need to spend more time researching behaviour instead of taking animals apart to research them.
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