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Few scientific papers are written in crayon and begin with the words, “Once upon a time.” But then again, few scientific papers are written by a group of 8- to 10-year-olds.

In this adorable talk from TEDGlobal, neuroscientist, artist and educator Beau Lotto shares why he thinks children have an edge when it comes to scientific inquiry — they are able to celebrate uncertainty and ask wonderful questions. An experiment is actually a form of play, says Lotto, who invited a group of 25 students from a small school in the UK to make a useful contribution to science by asking a question of their choice.

The question the students came up with: can bees think like human beings?

Student Amy O’Toole, who’s 12 now, joined Lotto on stage to explain the experiment, which tested whether bees could solve a puzzle and learn to fly to a specific color…

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