6. Science

Dancing Bees

Scientists recently uncovered a fossil containing a bee thought to have lived hundreds of thousands of years ago. Fossilized in an amber resin, the bee was well preserved, giving scientists the opportunity for further study.

One thing I found interesting reading about this recent discovery (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6084974.stm) was that bees, unlike other insects, have characteristics that are more closely akin to mammals, the presence of a biological clock, for example, and the ability to navigate. For years it’s been known that bees dance in order to communicate with other bees as to the whereabouts of food. The study of their dance has led researchers to conclude that both visual and auditory clues associated with the dance movements somehow provide meaningful information to nearby bees concerning the location of food.

Just think about it. It’s because of the bees’ special dance that they are able to easily locate and enjoy the nectar of nearby flowers. With great efficiency, they are able to buzz from plant to plant, collecting nectar while also pollinating the flowers for further propagation. Without the “busy bee” and his dance we wouldn’t have the abundance of flowers coloring our landscape.

Day 6 Guide

Just think for a moment about the wide range of possible consequences from your actions. A smile, for example, can be contagious. That’s right. It can make someone else feel recognized or important. It may in turn lead him or her to smile at someone else. Just how many people could indirectly be touched by your smile?

In and of themselves, smiles and “thank-yous” don’t really seem too important, do they? Think twice, friend.

© 2006, Levi Hill

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