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Bees can understand zero. Can you?

Zero is a mysterious and powerful number. Let’s not take it for granted.

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The number is a relatively new invention in the history of humans. And that is because zero isn’t intuitive for our brains to grasp. It has to be learned.

But how we seized zero and forged it into a tool is still a mind-bending mystery.

New research suggests the ability to fathom zero may be more widespread than previously thought in the animal kingdom. Australian scientists were able to teach bees to recognize zero as a quantity less than one, a task that confounds most human children under the age of 6. The result is kind of astounding, considering how tiny bee brains are.

Watch the video above to learn how scientists taught bees to recognize zero.

Learn more about the weirdness of the number zero here: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/7/5/17500782/zero-number-math-explained

If you want more bee-utiful videos, check out this one from our sister channel, Verge Science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PNqVilJESg

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