Scientists in Japan have engineered tiny "bee drones" to help alleviate the pressure on the declining bee population. Yeah, I wonder if they've seen that one episode of Black Mirror, too.Read More
Ya know sharks, they just love lemonade
Shark Tank might not necessarily be in The Mary Sue's niche, but Mikaila Ulmer sure is.Read More
One might even say they go buzzerk.
The next time you feel yourself on the verge of hanger (hungry anger, and don't pretend you haven't been there), take heart: at least humans aren't the only creatures that get a little irrational when they need a snack.Read More
Klinker is the only dog in the United States whose nose is certified to detect American Foulbrood.Read More
"See, I told you we should have moved to Puppyville instead."
There's trouble right here in Beeville, with a capital "T," and that rhymes with "B," and that stands for "bees." Which, you know, would seem pretty obvious considering the name of the town and the county and that it's located square in the middle of Bee County, Texas. You think maybe the town's founders were trying to tell us something here?Read More
It'll be just like Underworld but with more gratuitous car-washing scenes.
"Honey, little Michael Jr is turning thirteen this year. It seems like he's starting to notice the girls in his class a lot more these days. Don't you think he needs to hear about the... you know, the 'birds and the bees' soon?" Michael Bay's wife will one day say to him.Read More
No Wicker Man GIF this time. We're just full of surprises.
Scenario: you're being chased by killer bees. Perhaps you are hiking alone in the wilderness, or maybe you're part of a pagan ritual to bring the island prosperity. You have to fend the swarm off with one body part. Which one do you choose?Read More
Even bees in Canada are good at recycling
Today in tragic animal tales, apparently urban Canadian bees have been doing their darnedest to raise their young in hives made from plastic bags and sealant.Read More
Microchips on BEADS?
In an effort to better understand the chilling phenomenon of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, Australian scientists have fitted 5,000 sensors onto the backs of honey bees. This is a very important scientifoh my god LOOK AT THE LITTLE BEES WITH THEIR LITTLE MICROCHIPS AAAH. Sorry, what was I saying? Right, yes. Important science.Read More
Ay ay ay!
Bumblebees are the harmless doofuses of the bee world, or so we thought. It turns out that when introduced to a foreign ecosystem, they actually wreak havoc on native species. Bumblebees brought in to South American greenhouses have escaped, and are quickly dominating the continent at the cost of other species.Read More
There's really nothing appropriate to say here. I really need to "bee" careful.
Bee warned: Researchers at Washington State University are starting a frozen semen bank to store the genetic material of honey bees. In addition, they will use crossbreeding from various colonies to create new generations of bees that are more diversified and resilient to environmental threats. There's probably room for another bee joke here, but I'm drawing a blank.Read More
Deep breaths, it's only a few days more, we can do this together, OH GOB IS IT SUNDAY YET
It's almost time. We've all been clamoring for more Arrested Development since its untimely demise in 2006, and after seven years it's finally happening and we are freaking out. Now Netflix has released four tantalizingly short clips of what's to come, and we're just going to have to watch them in a nonstop loop until the episodes drop on Sunday. That's assuming we make it until then. Breathe, everyone. We can do this.Read More
During the Balkan wars in the 1990's, an estimated 90,000 land mines were deployed in the region. They were mostly deployed at random without a map of their location, so finding them is a difficult and serious problem. To help find the remaining mines, Croatian professor Nikola Kezic and his team are training honeybees to sniff out explosives.Read More
Bad news, bees. Two new studies found that two separate pesticides adversely affect the part of a bee's brain that is responsibly for its ability to learn, and when used in combination the effects are even worse. It turns out spraying things with poisonous chemicals might have side effects. Who knew?Read More
The line between poison and medicine can often be a slim one. Medicines like morphine can be toxic if you overdo it, while poisons like cobra venom are being investigated in the hopes of uncovering their medicinal qualities. The latest case in point? Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are reporting that nanoparticles loaded with the venom that gives bees their sting could one day mean a new weapon in the battle against AIDS.Read More
Though they're one of the world's most infamously well-armed insects, it turns out bees have only been turning half of their armory on us all these years. In addition to their famously venomous stingers, bees have a bite that delivers a paralyzing toxin to their victims, and researchers in Greece and France think the poison could one day be repurposed as a local anesthetic for humans.Read More
You know what's scarier than bees? Pirate bees! Scientists have discovered a new species of parasitic bees that survive by capturing beehives made by other species. The "Cuckoo Bee" (named after the Cuckoo Bird, which also squats in other birds' nests) lays its eggs in a foreign beehive so that their young can rise up and seize control for themselves.Read More
Recently, bee populations have been suffering from a number of problems. A combination of viruses, insecticides, and parasites have been thinning out their numbers. While it hasn't been a problem to notice that this is happening, it's been more challenging to figure out why it's happening. A question worth answering. Two studies in this week's issue of Science have explored the ways a certain kind of insecticide -- neonicotinoids -- is responsible for the shrinking number of bees. Turns it that it is not only killing them directly, but also severely limiting their ability to reproduce.Read More
This is both adorable and encouraging: A group of eight- to ten-year-olds in England wrote and published a journal article in the very legit "high-powered" scientific journal Biology Letters. According to an excerpt from the article's abstract, the study covers "whether bees could learn to use the spatial relationships between colours to figure out which flowers [to visit]." With the exception of the abstract, the kids wrote the entire article themselves. What have our kids been doing lately? The 25 kids, who attend Blackawton Primary School in Devon, England, conducted the study through the educational science program, "i, scientist," which encourages children to conduct their own scientific research and is overseen by the kids' head teacher, David Strudwick, and neuroscientist Beau Lotto, whose son, Misha participated in the study. (There's a half-hour video about the program here.) The kids are officially "the youngest scientists to publish an article in a Royal Society journal."Read More