How honeybee research improved your Internet experience

Question: What’s the most efficient way for a colony of honeybees to harvest nectar from your garden? The answer, it turns out, is helping make your work on the Internet quicker and more efficient. The story begins with three Georgia Tech systems engineers — Craig A. Tovey, John J. Bartholdi III and John Hagood Vande Vate — who in 1988 were inspired by a National Public Radio feature on the foraging practices of honeybees. The…

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How honeybee research improved your Internet experience

Question: What’s the most efficient way for a colony of honeybees to harvest nectar from your garden? The answer, it turns out, is helping make your work on the Internet quicker and more efficient. The story begins with three Georgia Tech systems engineers — Craig A. Tovey, John J. Bartholdi III and John Hagood Vande Vate — who in 1988 were inspired by a National Public Radio feature on the foraging practices of honeybees. The…

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