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Bees Solve 'Travelling Salesman Problem' Faster Than Computers

New research has found that Bees are able to solve complex mathematical problems faster than computer systems, which take days to solve them.

The research, which was conducted by the scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, discovered that Bees are able to find the shortest route between flowers in random order, thereby finding a solution to the 'travelling salesman problem', the Guardian reports.

The Bees, which have a brain the size of a grass seed, find the solution to the problem much faster than complex computer systems that can take days to find the shortest route to a customers house. The computers study every available route that can be taken by the salesman and determine the shortest route according to the time taken on each route.

Dr Nigel Raine of Royal Holloway, said in a statement: “Foraging bees solve travelling salesman problems every day. They visit flowers at multiple locations and, because bees use lots of energy to fly, they find a route which keeps flying to a minimum.”