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Season 1, Episode 17
Quantum robins, cloning bees, grey hair and an audience
In today’s episode of STEMology…
We’ve finally discovered how a migratory bird find its way, cloning bees that takes over another bees’ hives, stress-led grey hair that can return to its original colour and the difference an audience can make in athletes’ performance.
So the test suggests that the crypto chromes and the Robins can sense subtle influences of the Earth’s magnetic field. Just more so than chickens and pigeons, but they still need to carry out further studies to confirm sort of those quantum actions of the cryptochrome in the sense that is it, that actually helps them navigate.
Basically the South African Cape honeybee, the invasive bee, can create perfect copies of itself with one individual from the nineties found to have done so millions of time in the past three decades, invading the colony of the African lowland honey bee and causing the hives to collapse
They found that it was during these highly stressful periods, that there was this loss of pigment and hair turned gray. But then, also when that stress has disappeared, that particular hair strand went back to being the original colour.
Yes, the social facilitation theory… and this is the idea that the presence or absence of an audience will change the way you perform a task. And basically so far, the theory is that anything that involves stamina, people will do better when there’s an audience and any other task, it will generally be decreased in performance.
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