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Even bumblebees 'merge' their memories
Even bumblebees 'merge' their memories

Bumblebees are just as guilty of merging memories as NBC anchor Brian Williams, it turns out. A new study, published online Thursday in the journal Current Biology, suggests that Bombus terrestris is prone to a type of memory error common among humans -- melding information from two episodes into one.  Bees may not be able to tell tales about being under fire in flights over Iraq, but they do demonstrate remarkable memory ability. And because they have a mere 960,000 neurons compared with the human complement of about 85 billion, they probably need to economize on storage and processing. That's what makes them valuable models to researchers trying to find the...