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Thread #17761   Message #1486249
Posted By: GUEST,Amos
16-May-05 - 07:01 PM
Thread Name: Song Challenge! Part 3
Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! Part 3
Not only did I get an answer tot his challenge from Fred Dyer himself, who thought it very humorous, but we know have scientific validation of his early efforts:

BEES EQUIPPED WITH RADAR SOLVE WAGGLE DANCE CONTROVERSY, May 14
A paper published in Nature on May 12th provides new data that resolves a long-standing scientific controversy. In the 1960s, Nobel Prize winning zoologist, Karl von Frisch, proposed that honeybees use dance (the "waggle dance") as a coded message to guide other bees to new food sources. However, some scientists did not accept von Frisch‚s theory. Using harmonic radar, scientists have now tracked the flight of bees that had attended a "waggle dance" and found that they flew straight to the vicinity of the feeding site, as predicted by von Frisch. The tracks allowed the scientists to determine how accurately bees translate the dance code into successful navigation, and showed that they correct for wind drift even when en route to destinations they have never visited before.
Full story at http://www.physorg.com/news4107.html