http://www.salon.com/2012/10/26/bees..._need_of_zzzs/

I understand that it was a scientific study, designed to gather useful data. However, the technique doesn't seem particularly kind. Especially since the sleep-deprived bees were more prone to get lost on their way home from an unfamiliar location. I am wondering if the study has any real value. Any thoughts on this?

More info at http://jeb.biologists.org/content/215/22/3981.abstract