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A New Kind of Threat to Honeybees:  Pirates…Kind of

Honeybees have many adversaries in the wild they struggle against in order to survive. In Zimbabwe, however, there is another adversary that U.S. bees likely haven’t seen before–and hopefully never will. Beekeepers in Zimbabwe–which has a very successful domestic honey market, with writer Lazarus Sauti calling it a “gift”–have been reporting growing issues with “pirate…

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A Gene Bank for Honeybees

With populations of honeybees coming under duress from pests, disease, and pesticides, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to build a gene bank for bees to store sperm and embryos and therefore preserve bee genetics for the future. One specific place where this is happening is the USDA labs in Fargo, North Dakota,…

Learning to Save the Honeybees

Everyone has a project they remember doing in grade school–building a model solar system or volcano, writing a poem or a story, or even dissecting a worm or a frog. Students in Hebron, Ohio–led by seventh grade teacher Julia Hansel–are learning about real-world problems in a project-based learning (PBL) platform, and their attention is on…

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Pesticides Not the Only Thing Killing Honeybees

Decline in Honeybee Populations Due to More than Pesticides, Entomologists Say Tom Turpin, a Purdue University entomologist, believes that there is “no such thing” as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in spite of the efforts by environmental groups to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce litigation that better regulates the use of neonicotinoids–this according…

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“Swarm Intelligence” Opens Doors to Understanding Man and Machine Relationships

Last year’s Academy Awards was a breakthrough in artificial intelligence – according to ExtremeTech.com, Microsoft’s Bing artificial intelligence platform successfully predicted 21 out of 24 of the Academy Award winners. This was impressive considering that the New York Time’s panel of experts in film were unable to even come close to this percentage of correct…