Caffeine Boost Helps Bees Remember Where the Flowers Are

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"I said 'light and swet!'" Photo: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine

Honeybees enjoy energy drinks, too: There's caffeine in coffee and citrus plant flowers, it turns out, and fly-guys who drink the strong stuff are less likely to bumble and more apt to remember the locations of all their favorite pollinator plants, a new study in Science indicates. Caffeinated bees were three times as likely to rediscover the good nectar on a day-to-day basis, and while it's seemingly all good buzz, NPR reports that the study's results don't necessarily mean ingesting more of the molecule will help human memory to any significant degree. Talk about a buzzkill. [Salt/NPR]