Caffeine-boosted bees more efficiently home in on target flowers

A new study has found caffeine can be used to help bees locate specific flowers. The research suggests the drug enhances bee memory and makes them more efficient at homing in on certain targeted flowers.Continue ReadingCategory: Biology, ScienceTags: B… Continue reading Caffeine-boosted bees more efficiently home in on target flowers

Friction-reducing honeybee hairs may inspire longer-lasting devices

As honeybees collect pollen and nectar from flowers, they repeatedly bend and straighten their abdomens – yet with a minimal amount of friction. Scientists have now discovered what makes this possible, and it could have applications in human technology… Continue reading Friction-reducing honeybee hairs may inspire longer-lasting devices

Pollen-sized particles give bees immunity to insecticides

Bees play a critical role in pollinating many of plants that humans eat and are therefore key to food security, but populations continue to decline rapidly around the world. A number of factors are contributing to this, including habitat loss and droug… Continue reading Pollen-sized particles give bees immunity to insecticides

Flapping Wings And The Science Of How Bees Can Fly

Jerry Seinfeld launched his career with Bee Movie, an insect-themed animated feature that took the world by storm in 2007. It posed the quandary – that supposedly, according to all known laws of aviation, bees should not be able to …read more

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Common pesticide found to interfere with the sleep cycles of bees

Bee populations are declining at alarming rates around the world, and that could have profound consequences for human civilization. Along with things like drought and habitat loss, the widespread use of pesticides is a huge driving force behind these d… Continue reading Common pesticide found to interfere with the sleep cycles of bees

Automated Hive Controller extracts honeycombs in half the time

Beekeeping can be an arduous task, as keepers have to repeatedly bend over and lift wax/honey-laden honeycomb panels out of each hive. The Hive Controller is designed to help, by robotically lifting and collecting the honeycombs.Continue ReadingCategor… Continue reading Automated Hive Controller extracts honeycombs in half the time

ApisProtect tech offers real-time monitoring of beehive wellbeing

With colony collapse disorder continuing to decimate honeybee populations worldwide, it’s more important than ever for beekeepers to monitor hive conditions. The Irish-designed ApisProtect system is made to automate the process, potentially catching pr… Continue reading ApisProtect tech offers real-time monitoring of beehive wellbeing