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Blackawton Bees

Just quickly: I am so delighted about this new piece of research about how bumble-bees perceive colour patterns, that I don’t want to miss the opportunity to share it.

The study has been conducted by 25 children from Blackawton Elementary School (!) and was published this week in the scientific journal Biology Letters from the UK’s prestigious Royal Society. The graphics are drawn in crayon and the main findings include “We also discovered that science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before. “

For more on this, take a look over at Not Exactly Rocket Science, where Ed Yong has a beautiful post about the research and also a lot of background about how the entire project came about.