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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 02, 2018. 3 comments

French Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Which Bees May Find Addictive, Goes Into Effect

French Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Which Bees May Find Addictive, Goes Into Effect

A French ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides intended to protect the nation’s bees from colony collapse disorder went into effect on Saturday, Agence France-Press reported.

Per AFP, the French rules ban all five neonicotinoid pesticides once cleared for use throughout the continent. Earlier this year, the European Union upheld a moratorium of three out of five types of neonicotinoid...

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Ria Misra Ria Misra Nov 20, 2017. 11 comments

Harvard's Robotic Bee Is Scary Lifelike (With a Few Important Exceptions)

Harvard's Robotic Bee Is Scary Lifelike (With a Few Important Exceptions)

Researchers at Harvard and MIT have spent the last seven years perfecting this robotic bee. The result is Robobee, a mechanical bee so lifelike it kind of makes you want to duck indoors.

The researchers released new video showing Roboee demonstrating its latest trick: It can land and perch sideways on a wall, just like a regular bee (right before it dives at your soda).

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Sarah Zhang Sarah Zhang Sep 06, 2017. 14 comments

A Surprising Twist to the Story of What's Killing Our Bees: They're High

A Surprising Twist to the Story of What's Killing Our Bees: They're High

Evidence has been piling up that neonicotinoids, a class of ubiquitous pesticides, play a role the recent decline of bees. A new study adds worrying and unexpected evidence: Bees actually prefer food contaminated with neonicotinoids—probably because it’s getting them high.

This new study is important because a lot of controversy over the neonicotinoids has centered on exactly how much of the...

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Kiona Smith-Strickland Kiona Smith-Strickland Aug 19, 2017. 17 comments

Bees Are Dying and We'll All Pay for It

Bees Are Dying and We'll All Pay for It

Bee colonies are still dying, and food may get more expensive as a result.

Beekeepers in the U.S. lost 42.1 percent of their bee colonies between April 2014 and April 2015, according to a recent annual survey. Those losses continue a trend of die offs among bee colonies, which beekeepers say could drastically affect our food supply.

Without bees to pollinate crops, we stand to lose many staple...

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