Mechanical adaptations of bee swarms

A team of Harvard University researchers spent months shaking and rattling swarms of thousands of honeybees to better understand how bees collectively collaborate to stabilize structures in the presence of external loads such as wind and rain. They found that individual bees can tell the direction of the strain based on their connection to their neighbors. This research could have broader implications for how we think of control algorithms and collaborative machines.

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