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Honeybees and Humans—Partners Since the Stone Age

Modern agriculture is what is today due to centuries and even millennia of improving and refining techniques and, for some agriculture, domesticating animals from cows, dogs, and even honeybees to a degree. From their roles as pollinators and the products they produce—honey, beeswax—honeybees have gone from largely wild animals to domesticated creatures whom we can…

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Maryland Stepping Up Against Dangerous Pesticides

The fight to preserve honeybee populations is an ongoing struggle, and while some states have found success amidst the uncertainty and reported colony collapses, there are still plenty reporting mass losses in honeybees and honey shortages. While the exact cause is still under debate, many researchers believe a contributing factor to colony collapses is the…

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IL Entomology Professor Advocates—Save Honeybees

Experts in the field of entomology—the study of insects—have been studying the ongoing crisis of declining honeybee populations, hoping to not only save honeybees from extinction but also get them flourishing again like that of previous years. One such expert, Dr. May Berenbaum, has been studying the chemical mechanisms between insects and their host plants her…

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The Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Disrupts Learning in Bees–and Us

The ongoing debate regarding the use of pesticides in agricultural and gardening operations is known to be heated and determined, but luckily such a debate forces agencies with the available resources to gather answers to important ongoing questions. A recent study published in the Journal of Chemical Ecology focused on the potential effects of the…

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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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“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…

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Do African Honeybees Hold the Secret to the Colony Collapse Disorder?

How African Honeybees May be Able to Help Moderate a Global Crisis Honeybee populations have been on the decline in many countries across the globe, something that is worrying scientists, politicians, and the public. The decline in populations could affect everyone since it has such a profound impact on our food security – since honeybees…

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