Tag: Bees

Researchers Insist NASA Used Robot Bees To Explore The Surface Of Mars Instead Of Bulky Rovers

A team of researchers is proposing an alternative to the expensive rovers that NASA keeps sending to Mars. This new plan involves sending robot bees to the red planet.

Space April 4, 2018

Woman Dies After 'Bee Acupuncture' Treatment: How To Minimize Risks Of Alternative Therapies

Almost half of Americans have tried at least one complementary or alternative therapy. A woman's death from her apitherapy reminds people to be careful when trying unconventional health care approaches.

Medicine March 23, 2018

Honeybees Are Agricultural Animals Just Like Pigs And Cows: Experts

University of Cambridge experts said honeybees are agricultural animals that pose threat to other wild pollinators particularly other bee species. Unlike livestock though, these managed bees are allowed to roam beyond their enclosures.

Animals January 28, 2018

Woman Who Posed With 20,000 Bees On Her Belly In Viral Maternity Shoot Suffers Stillbirth

The pregnant beekeeper in the viral maternity shoot that featured 20,000 bees covering her baby bump said she lost her unborn son. What is the possible cause of the stillbirth?

Feature | Health November 16, 2017

Lefty Or Righty? Research Finds Bees Also Have Flight Preferences

Researchers found that bees could prefer the left or right side. When faced with equal-sized tunnels, 45 percent of the bees displayed individual preferences.

Animals November 4, 2017

75 Percent Of World's Honey Contaminated With Bee-Harming Pesticide

Honey samples from all over the world were found to be contaminated with pesticide chemicals harmful to bee health. North American samples showed the highest contamination frequency.

Animals October 6, 2017

Coffee Could Become Less Available, More Expensive Because Of Climate Change

Coffee production may decline because of global warming. Climate change is predicted to drive out species of coffee-pollinating bees and reduce coffee-growing areas in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Earth/Environment September 13, 2017

Number 1 Enemy Of Bees: This Parasite Transmits Viruses That Kill Honeybee Colonies

Mites that are about the size of deer ticks transmit viruses and diseases to honeybees and kill colonies. Here's how beekeepers try to save the bees from this parasite.

Animals May 28, 2017

Cheerios Bee Initiative Backfires: Here’s How To Make Bee Gardens Work

The threat of extinction faced by bees has called for creating gardens that can attract the insects as an antidote to their dwindling population from loss of habitats. Some useful tips may help gardeners create a beautiful bee garden.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2017

Cheerios Offers Free Wildflower Seeds To Save The Bees: Why You Should Not Plant Them

Despite its good intentions, Cheerios' Bring Back the Bees campaign may actually be dangerous to some local ecosystems. An ecologist explains why it may not be a good idea to plant the wildflower seeds distributed by General Mills.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2017

Bees Capable Of Complex Cognitive Functions, Feature Decision-Making Mechanism Similar To Humans

Bees have been subjected to scientific research in different attempts to demonstrate their cognitive flexibility. The research paper showed they are capable of learning soccer.

Animals February 27, 2017

Bumblebees Demonstrate Impressive Brain Power Through Soccer

Bumblebees are capable of scoring a goal and advanced learning, according to a new study from researchers in London. This can aid them in developing new behaviors amid ecological pressure.

Animals February 24, 2017

Iowa Town Devotes 1,000 Acres Of Land To Saving Bumblebees

Amid concerns over the declining population of pollinator bees, especially bumblebees which are moving to the endangered species list, Iowa town Cedar Rapids is building a vast natural habitat in 1,000 acres to bolster bee populations.

Animals February 17, 2017

Scientists Built Pollinating Drone That Can Transfer Pollen: Can This Replace Bees As Pollinators?

Tiny drones that can transfer pollen from one flower to another cannot replace honeybees. Experts enumerate reasons why technology cannot defeat bees when it comes to pollinating plants.

Animals February 12, 2017

Scientists Test Pollinating Drone Amid Dwindling Bee Populations

Japanese researchers have created insect-sized drones, which have horsehairs on their backs and a special gel, to potentially help bees pollinate plants. This may usher in automated pollination methods amid bee population declines.

Animals February 10, 2017

Thousands Of Dead Bees Wash Ashore On Florida Beach

Thousands of dead as well as dying bees have washed up on a Naples beach in Southern Florida beach starting this weekend. Here is the likely cause and what to do with a bee sting.

Animals February 9, 2017

First Time In The US: Bumblebee Species Enters Endangered Species List

For the first time in American history, a bumblebee species, namely the rusty patched bumblebee, has been added to the endangered species list with an astonishing decline over the years.

Animals January 11, 2017

9 New Species Of Desert Bees Identified, One ‘Ant-like’ In Appearance

Some nine species of desert bees have been discovered by researchers from the Utah State University. Belonging to the vast genus Perdita, the new bees are part of the desert bees of United States, in which the researchers found ant-like males as a peculiarity.

Animals December 27, 2016

Training The Trainer: Scientists Discover Bumblebees Can Be Trained, Pass On Learned Ability To The Colony

Bees are complex little creatures. In a recent study, scientists saw that it’s possible to train bees and they have the ability to pass on what they’ve learned to the benefit of their colonies.

Animals October 5, 2016

Good Food Puts Bees In Good Mood

New research suggested that dopamine-induced sucrose doses fed to bumblebees can improve their behavior and create a state comparable to humans' positive emotions, suggesting similar basic cognitive wirings.

Animals October 4, 2016

Bees Among 49 Plant And Animal Species In Hawaii Added To Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 49 species of animals and plants to endangered status. Of these, 48 are endemic to Hawaii including the seven species of yellow-faced bees.

Animals October 4, 2016

Hawaii Yellow-Faced Bees To Receive Protection Under Endangered Species Act

Seven species of yellow-faced bee that are native to Hawaii received federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The listing is the first for any bee in the U.S.

Animals September 30, 2016

Honey Could Be Used On Medical Devices To Fight Deadly Hospital Infections

Manuka honey can reduce the ability of deadly bacteria such as those that cause urinary tract infection to form into sticky layers that harbor infection. Honey diluted with water may help fight hospital acquired infections.

Public Health September 27, 2016

Rusty-Patched Bumblebees May Soon Join List Of Endangered Species

Wildlife officials in the United States have proposed to place the rusty-patched bumblebee under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. If it happens, the bumblebee will be the first bee species to achieve this status.

Animals September 26, 2016

California Park Bee Attack Sends Three People To Hospital

Thousands of bees stung people at a suburban park in California. It is not known what triggered the attack but the insects stung 20 people, three of whom were sent to the hospital.

Animals September 5, 2016

18-Year Study Finds Link Between Neonicotinoid Pesticides And Decline Of Bee Populations

A new study that involved 60 species of bees and used field data spanning 18 years supported findings of earlier smaller studies. The insecticide neonicotinoid is linked to population decline in bees.

Animals August 17, 2016

Swarm Of Bees Escapes Hives, Attacks Shoppers In Walmart Parking Lot

A swarm of thousands of bees escaped and stung people in a Walmart parking lot. Three people were hospitalized as a result of the bee attack.

Animals August 7, 2016

Humans And Wild Birds Strike A Deal To Hunt For Honey And Wax

A bird species in Africa known as honeyguides have been known to attract human honey-hunters through a special call. Now, a new study revealed that the relationship between humans and honeyguides is fostered by a two-way communication.

Animals July 22, 2016

Pokédex Update: Scientist Names New Bee Species In Chile After Charizard

If you discovered a new species, what would you call it? One scientist lets the Pokémon fan in him come out, naming one of the bees he discovered in Chile after Charizard.

Animals July 7, 2016

National Pollinator Week: Here's How You Can Attract Bees And Butterflies To Your Garden

Celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 20-26) by turning your backyard into a suitable habitat for pollinators. Find out how you can attract more bees and butterflies to your garden through these quick and easy steps.

Animals June 22, 2016

Special Genes Allow Parasitic Bees To Reproduce Even Without Males

These honeybees don't need male drones to reproduce and literally rule over foreign nests. Scientists found that special genes allow an isolated honeybee population in South Africa to reproduce asexually and invade other colonies.

Animals June 11, 2016

Bees Get Highest Concentration Of Pesticides From Homes

Bees that live near crop plants such as corn and soybean still spend more time getting pollen from gardens and trees. This exposes the pollinators to chemicals often used by homeowners.

Animals June 1, 2016

Fuzzy Little Bumblebees Can Sense Weak Electric Fields From Flowers

Bumblebees are fuzzy for a reason: researchers say the blanket of hair that covers these little insects actually help them detect weak electric fields from flowers. This is very crucial in pollination.

Animals May 31, 2016

Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent Of Honeybee Colonies In Just One Year: What Can Be Done?

Annual survey of beekeepers showed a 44 percent decline in honeybee colonies. Several factors are blamed for the honeybee loss, including varroa mite infestation and pesticide use.

Animals May 11, 2016

New Computer Model Inspired By Honeybees Could Help Improve Flying Robots

How do bees really see? A new computer model helps determine one component in the bees' vision - speed - which may help designers improve flying robots and drones.

Animals May 9, 2016

Varroa Mite Infestation In US Worse Than Previously Believed: Multi-Year Study

Varroa mite infestations in the United States have become worse than previously thought, a new multi-year study revealed. Varroa mites are becoming more and more abundant, researchers said.

Animals April 27, 2016

Starvation Of Baby Bees Helps Them Become Stronger Adults

Starving honey bees when they are in their larval stage apparently proves beneficial to them as well as the larger ecosystem. Starved bee larvae grow to become resilient pollinators in the global food chain.

Animals April 2, 2016

With Bees Disappearing, Will Springtime Bring Colonies Of The Pollinating Insects Back?

Honeybees die off each winter, culling colonies on an annual basis. Will populations of the flying insects be able to make a comeback this spring?

Earth/Environment March 28, 2016

Honey Nut Cheerios Removes Famous Mascot From Packaging To Raise Awareness For Declining Bee Population

Buzz, the bee mascot of Honey Nut Cheerios, will be missing from the boxes of the General Mills Canada brand. The campaign is to help bring awareness to the global declining bee populations and to encourage people to plant wildflowers.

Internet Culture March 16, 2016

Low Levels Of Pesticide Still Affect Bees' Ability To Find Flowers

In a new study, even low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides made it hard for bumblebees to learn and remember. This disrupted their foraging behavior, which is crucial for their pollination services and in turn the world's food crops and wild plants.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2016

Pesticide 'Dumbs Down' Bees, Causes Deficits In Memory And Learning

Honeybees have it tough out there. Researchers have found that the pesticide chlorpyrifos, used for protecting crops against mites and insects, causes memory and learning deficits when ingested, even in minute amounts.`

Earth/Environment March 3, 2016

Mass Extinction Of Insect Pollinators Threatens Global Food Crops: How Science Saves Dwindling Bee, Butterfly Populations

Insect pollinators are crucial to the world's food production, but they are currently facing near-extinction. Despite the dwindling numbers of bees and butterflies, experts believe that these insect species can be saved.

Animals February 29, 2016

Declining Number Of Bees, Butterflies Threatens Global Food Supply: UN Report

A new U.N. report warns that many species of bees and pollinating insects are fast becoming extinct, threatening the stability of the global food supply. The problem is possibly caused by a variety of factors, including monoculture, neonicotinoids and other threats to pollinators.

Animals February 27, 2016

Toronto To Become First Bee City In Canada

Residents of Toronto are lobbying to have the city declared as the first Bee City in Canada to help advance efforts to save local bee populations from extinction. The city currently has several apiaries in place that are being taken care of by local beekeeping communities.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2016

Global Trade Spurs Decline In Honeybee Populations: What Humans Can Do To Save These Insect Pollinators

The rapid decline of honeybee populations has severe economic and ecological consequences. This is why experts and officials are drawing up strategies to stop the spread of the disease threatening the bees.

Animals February 6, 2016

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