Unlike most species–apart from humans and primates–it turns out that bees can make good decisions, as defined by the ability to make an accurate judgement call more quickly than an inaccurate one. A recent study showed that bees are capable of beating that “speed-accuracy” tradeoff in choosing only the flowers that provided them with the best chance *and evidence* (the real crux) of providing them sugar. To understand how those tiny bee-brains work, researchers created a computer model to map to their behavior—a model that also might serve as a template for creating robotic systems with similar abilities to make decisions in similar types of situations, such as exploration or mining.

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