News Stories relating to "bees"
Monday, June 17, 2013
On May 13 Unknowncountry.com reported that bee colonies in the United States have been devastated, and now similar devastation is being reported
from the United Kingdom. If colonies continue to collapse at this rate, many primary food sources are going to become scarce due to...
Monday, May 13, 2013
A third of all honeybee colonies in the United States died last winter. This is a catastrophic rate of decline which, if it continues, will threaten the national food supply beginning within a few years. The rate of decline is roughly twice what the bee population can sustain. Last March, the California almond crop was threatened by a lack of...
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Flowers' methods of communicating are at least as sophisticated as any devised by an advertising agency, but for any advertisement to be successful, it has to reach, and be perceived by, its target audience. Pollinators such as bumblebees are able to find and distinguish electric signals given out by flowers.
Flowers often produce...
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
We have a lot to thank bees for
, so maybe we should let them share our lattes.
It turns out that bees like caffeine, and that ingesting it actually boosts their memories. But where can they get it? They're attracted to citrus flowers because they have caffeine-...
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A new study show that bee venom can kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). While we don't recommend getting stung by bees as a preventative, this COULD be incorporated into a protective gel for women.
The secret is a toxin called melittin that's found in the venom.
In the Huffington Post, Cavan Sieczkowski quotes...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Some things never change
. Bee stings have been used as medicine and beauty treatments since the days of ancient Egypt. Bee venom contains a compound which stimulates the body's production of collagen and elastin, which makes us look younger. It may even help prevent...
Monday, July 9, 2012
Bees are amazing creatures
. Scientists have discovered that older honey bees REVERSE brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees. They discovered that tricking older, foraging bees into doing social tasks inside the nest causes changes...
Monday, May 7, 2012
New studies show that a widely used insecticide can threaten the health of bumblebee colonies and interfere with the homing abilities of honeybees.
Science Daily quotes bee researcher Dave Goulson as saying, "Some bumblebee species have declined hugely. For example, in North America, several bumblebee species which used to be...
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Bees do a quantum dance
in order to tell the other members of their hive where to find the honey. Now scientists have discovered that warms of bees and brains, which are made up of neurons, both make decisions in the same way.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
We're still losing our bees
--to the mysterious plague known as CCD or colony collapse disorder
AND to pesticides. We not only need bees to pollinate our crops, we need BATS too (NOTE:...
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Living creatures are dying
all over the Earth. Honey bees have been dying for a long time now and the populations of four different species of North American bumblebee have declined
. A new study found that...
Thursday, January 6, 2011
In 2008, the USDA ordered a report on the impact of massive bee deaths on agriculture and the causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), but some of the results of this report may have been kept SECRET. On PhysOrg.com, Kim Kaplan quotes researcher Edward B. Knipling as saying, "...
Monday, November 8, 2010
Bees are disappearing due to colony collapse disorder (CCD
), but the ones that are still flying are great navigators, able to wend their way home through complex landscapes after visits to flowers far removed from their nests. But bees are...
Monday, October 18, 2010
Humans aren't the only ones who find themselves entangled in a dancing democracy--it turns out that bees do too--and they do a quantum dance (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). But since 2006, 20 to 40% of US bee colonies have died out. Has the cause of this finally been identified?
When honeybees seek a new home, they...
Monday, July 19, 2010
Are they still disappearing? - Scientists thought they had the mystery of the declining number of bees solved, but other researchers don't agree with them: They think Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) can be traced to cell phones. But the bees that are still here are working hard (and NOT just gathering honey) So what's going on,...
Thursday, April 22, 2010
By a femme fatale flower - Some people find orchids erotic, because their shape tends to mimic female sexual organs. Bees find them erotic too, and trick male bees into pollinating them by mimicking the SMELL of female bees. By the time the male has done his job, his body is covered with pollen and he flies away to what he...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Here's something new: Smoking and drinking seem to go together and bees think so too!
Friday, January 22, 2010
The mystery of the worrisome decline in the numbers of bees needed to pollinate plants may have been solved: It all comes down to modern farming methods. Modern farmers, especially in the US where the problem is worst, tend to plant a single crop, such as corn. But in order to develop a strong immune system that can ward off the mites that tend...
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Will there be flowers (and food crops) next spring? European Honey bees are dying off, leading farmers to worry about how to pollinate their fields. A replacement for them might be the native American bumble bee. A recent study shows that native bumble bee species have consistently high pollination and seed production levels in red clover. What...
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Here's another reason why honeybees may be disappearing: the electromagnetic waves given off by cell phone towers may cripple their navigational abilities.
A recent study done in India reveals that a sudden decrease in the bee population in New Delhi is linked to the installation of a series of new cell phone towers there, as phone...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
What attracts them to flowers? Iridescence! - We know what blind people see in their dreams, but what do bees see?why do they zoom in on certain nectar-rich flowers and ignore others? It?s not just the colors they?re attracted to, it's their shimmering iridescence.
In the January 2nd edition of the Independent, John von...
Monday, November 10, 2008
Can honey treat a wound? What a sweet idea?if only we can keep our bees alive long enough to use it!
Smeared on a burn, the sticky elixir could reduce the time it takes for the wound to heal up to four days sooner in some cases. Honey?s history as a topical ointment for wounds stretches back into antiquity. An Egyptian surgical text,...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
?but we are also practicing terrorism AGAINST bees! - How can you find a serial killer before he strikes again? Study the bees! And a single drug manufacturer may be behind bee disappearances here AND in France.
Bees look for nectar away from their hives. In the same way, serial killers avoid committing murder near their...
Monday, July 21, 2008
We know that bees do a quantum dance, and it turns out that they also speak (or at least dance) foreign languages! And most people think before making decisions. As it turns out, so do bees.
Scientists wanted to find out if Asian and European honeybees living in the same hive could translate each other?s dances and discovered that the...
Thursday, May 29, 2008
A researcher has discovered that flowers "wave" at insects to get their attention. But there may not be many bees for them to wave at soon, since the mysterious bee disease has now spread to Canada.
In BBC News, Matt Walker quotes John Warren as saying, "I was lying on the beach watching flowers wave in the wind at my daughter's birthday...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Seven years ago, we warned that this was happening in France: a particular pesticide called "Gaucho" was causing bees to fly away from their hives to forage, only to disappear. The speculation was that they were becoming disoriented and were unable to find their way back to the hive?something unheard of in these insects. This may be one reason...
Sunday, July 22, 2007
We have a SLIGHT reprieve on the US bee emergency: on Friday, July 13, Agriculture Undersecretary Gale Buchanan warned, "There were enough honey bees to provide pollination for US agriculture this year, but beekeepers could face a serious problem next year and beyond."
Of course, Gale Buchanan was only referring to the US problem. There...