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Paper wasps capable of behavior that we consider part of logical reasoning

Paper wasps may be much more intelligent than you’d assume. “It’s Dr. Paper Wasp, buddy.” Image credits Sandeep Handa. One of the traits that have traditionally been considered a hallmark of human-like mental abilities is transitive interference. Transitive interference (or TI) is the ability to use known relationships to infer unknown relationships. Here’s an example: […]

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Desert ants’ complex behavior is actually built from very simple interactions

Ant colonies don’t organize per se, but they still pull off complex behavior in harsh environments without any glitches. New research looks into how the insects manage this, offering inspiration for future robotic systems. Florida Harvester Ant (P. badius).Image credits Judy Gallagher / Flickr. Researchers from Princeton have created a new mathematical model to explain […]

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