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February 12 2014

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest


Alpine bumblebees have the ability to fly at elevations greater than Mt. Everest, scientists have found.

Bumblebees cannot survive the freezing conditions of Mt. Everest's peak. But researchers based at the University of California, Berkley simulated the low oxygen and low air density conditions of such high elevations to determine the limits of the bumblebee's flight capacity, and found the bees were capable of staying afloat at remarkably inhospitable elevations.

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