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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 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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Anticipation!

It happens every year. And now it’s that time again. A month ago, I got a tinge of intellectual pessimism. And it was especially strong this year. My hives were in terrible shape when I last saw them October 25. In fact, I’d nseen them in worse shape. They were struggling with complicated viral infections. […]

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Animal Noise?

Bees have a complex communication system which we beekeepers often marvel at. But they’re not the only creatures who can chat it up. Ever listened to prairie dogs? If you’ve spent some time out west, I’ll bet you’ve heard their bark. Here’s a neat Radiolab Short concerning animal communication. In nature, things are not often […]

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