Berlin is abuzz with mechanical ‘robot’ bees

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By Christopher Cottrell, Special to CNN

Berlin, Germany (CNN) — Its brain is the size of a pinhead, but that doesn’t stop the common honeybee from knowing basic geometry.

Widely regarded as one of the most intelligent insects on the planet, bees can use their mathematical prowess to communicate the exact location of nearby food to their hivemates via a technique dubbed the “bee dance.”

It is the only known instance of symbolic communication in the animal kingdom and today a group of scientists in Germany is trying to build a robot that mimics it.

Dr. Raul Rojas, director of Berlin’s Free University’s Project RoboBee (yes, it’s really called that),  is trying to “hack the system” of the bees’ cognitive processes by constructing a mechanical bee capable of luring real ones out of the hive and leading them to food.

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