A Harvard Mathematician Has Basically Solved an Epic, 150-Year-Old Chess Problem

On one level, chess seems like a simple game: 64 individual black or white squares, 16 pieces per side, and two competitors striving for conquest. Dig a little deeper though, and the game offers incredibly complex possibilities, posing challenges to chess theorists and mathematicians that can go unsolved for decades or even centuries.   In … Read more

Stingless bees: Some colonies have to kill thousands of wannabe queens

About one-fifth of all Melipona beecheii stingless bee larvae develop as queens, but the colony accepts only one – the rest are executed by worker guards Life 26 January 2022 By Christa Lesté-Lasserre A Melipona beecheii worker bee attacking a newly emerged queen Jorge Ramirez Pech Some stingless bees seem to be able to choose … Read more