Bee honey could hold the unlikely key to unlocking the next era of computing

Neuromorphic computing that mimics the human brain (opens in new tab) is one step closer to reality as researchers at Washington State University have built a crucial circuit for this new kind of computing using an impossibly pure substance.

Using bee honey, researchers built a proof-of-concept memory resistor, or memristor. To accomplish this feat, they first formed the honey into a solid form and then held it between two metal electrodes, much like the brain’s synapses are between pairs of neurons.

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