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Hive Mind
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Hive Mind

One bee, fish, or even a wild slime mold cell may not be smart individually, but in their groups, they can behave in remarkable ways. Many individuals working together exhibit a certain kind of intelligence, similar to how neural networks work in the human brain.

It's time to put our heads together to better understand the way we think about living creatures' intelligence.

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Chomp and the Temple of Puzzles!

Chomp and the Temple of Puzzles!

The ancient temple of puzzles, sealed for 17 centuries, is guarded by highly evolved and angry monkeys. See if you can solve the puzzles and travel through 5 secret passage ways. More...

Game
Discovery
Bee Communication and Navigation

Bee Communication and Navigation

Scouting honeybees go out in search of food. When they find nectar, they bring the news back to the hive. But how do they tell the other bees what they found and where they found it? More...

Video
WGBH/PBS
Iain Couzin: Collective Behavior

Iain Couzin: Collective Behavior

Using computer simulations, biologist Iain Couzin studies how and why animals, including humans, coordinate their behavior. Investigate his discoveries about individual behavior within two insect species groups. More...

Video
PopTech.com
Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

For 40 years primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall observed the same group of chimpanzees in Tanzania, discovering that they used tools and waged war. Find out more about their behavior. More...

Profile
BrainPOP
Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure

This may not be news to you, but your peer group can have an effect on your behavior. Find out more about how your friends influence you. More...

Article
TeensHealth
Profile: James McLurkin

Profile: James McLurkin

Computer scientist and self-described geek James McLurkin designs systems for working together to solve a common task. See his robots performing the theme song from Star Wars and his relationship to ants. More...

Profile
NOVA/PBS
Sperm Whale Groups ‘May Corral Deep Squid’

Sperm Whale Groups ‘May Corral Deep Squid’

Traveling in groups to hunt squid, sperm whales form a herd. Learn the roles of individual whales when it comes to capturing their prey. More...

Article
BBC
Swarm Behavior: Photo Gallery

Swarm Behavior: Photo Gallery

See how flocks of starlings fly in harmony, fish swim in a circle, leafcutter ants cooperate, and other animals — plus robots — behave in a group. More...

Images
National Geographic

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