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Bee Movie Maker

Lights, camera, action! Well maybe not a a Hollywood movie, but there is a lot to be learned by filming bees. Dr. Biology talks with bee movie maker and neurobiologist Brian Smith. Listen in as the two talk about bees, Bee Movie, and even take trip inside a beehive to check out what is buzzing. You can also check out our companion profile story on Brian Smith's research.

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Topic Time
Introduction - 00:00
What is the piece composed by Nicolai Rimsky Korsakov that was inspired by bees? Start guessing, we will play it later in the program. 01:14
What got you started in the bee movie business? 01:39
High speed-motion movie  
How fast do bees move their wings per second?  
There is a new movie coming out - called Bee Movie. 03:11
Artistic license. 03:38
Not always learning about the biology of bees from the movie. 03:50
Bee biology corrections 04:24
Boy bees, fathers, and just who has a stinger.  
Plot of Bee Movie - do bees have a legal case against humans? 05:46
How much work goes into making a pound of honey?  
Modern Bees and Humans. (domestic animals) 07:00
What do bees get in exchange for their honey from humans? 07:20
A business deal. 09:32
How to attract a few thousand bee friends, or a blanket of bees. 10:14
How do you make a queen bee? 11:48
Pheromones  
Journey inside a beehive (including the hum of the hive) 14:06
Description of honeybee comb. 14:42
Hexagon  
Do bees fly or walk in the hive? 15:15
How do bees know where they are in the hive? 15:43
It's crowded in the hive. 16:30
How do bees communicate with each other?  
What do feeding and eating have to do with bee vomit? [Tropholaxis] 16:53
The bee dance. 17:35
How bees give directions.  
How do bees let other bees know the quality of the nectar they have found? 20:06
Dance language 20:34
Bee colonies are like little cities with lots of jobs. 21:04
Guard bees, Nurse  bees, Wax/comb bees, Forager bees, Undertaker bees  
Bees have more than one job in their lifetime. How long do bees live? 23:47
How long do bees live? [exit the honeybee hive]  
How long have you been a bee movie maker? 24:40
Can bees learn? 25:01
How many neurons are in a bee and human brain? 25:51
collective colony brain  
Training bees 27:41
Communicating with bees  
Bee sense of smell very similar to human sense of smell. 28:25
Pavlovian bee? 29:00
Asking bees a question.  
Return to the beehive and listen to piano piece by Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninoff - Flight of the Bumblebee 31:36
When did you know you wanted to be a biologist? 33:38
Jacque Cousteau - Carl Segan  
What would you do or be if you could not be a biologist? 36:53
You participate in an extreme sport. [skydiving] 38:32
What advice do you have for someone wanting to be a biologist? 42:11
Credits 42:52

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Bee Movie Maker

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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