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 bees are even smarter than we realized
bees are even smarter than we realized

Enlarge/ Heck yeah I'll move this ball if it means I'll get some sugar. I'm a bee, dammit!Lida Loukola/QMULShare this storyYou can now add bees to the rarefied list of tool-using animals, which already includes primates, crows, octopods, otters, porpoises, and more. A fascinating set of experiments has revealed that bees can be taught to use tools, even though they don't use them in the wild.Queen Mary University of London biologist Olli J. Loukola and his colleagues wanted to find out more about how bee intelligence works. Previous experiments with the insects have shown that they can count, communicate with each other using "waggle dances" that reveal the direction of food, and pull strings to get access to food. Loukola's new tool use test showed that not only are bees good with tools,

overuse of antibiotics brings risks for bees—and for us

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.

at mealtime, honey bees prefer country blossoms to city blooms

Hungry honey bees appear to favor flowers in agricultural areas over those in neighboring urban areas.

at mealtime, honey bees prefer country blossoms to city blooms

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Hungry honey bees appear to favor flowers in agricultural areas over those in neighboring urban areas.The discovery has implications for urban beekeepers and challenges assumptions that farmland and honey bees are incompatible, said authors of a new study from The Ohio State University.The team positioned honey bee colonies in an apiary in a central Ohio cemetery smack in the middle of where urban residential development transitions into farmland. They left the colonies to forage for nectar and pollen wherever they preferred. The bees, studied from late summer to early fall, overwhelmingly went for the agricultural offerings instead of the assorted flowering plants in and around the urban neighborhoods nearby, said lead author Douglas Sponsler, who was a graduate student i

overuse of antibiotics brings risks for bees—and for us

Honeybees treated with a common antibiotic (with pink dots) were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees (green dots). Credit: Vivian Abagiu/U. of Texas at AustinResearchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.
The scientists found the antibiotics cleared out beneficial gut bacteria in the bees, making way for a harmful pathogen, which also occurs in humans, to get a foothold. The research is the latest discovery to indicate overuse of antibiotics can sometimes make living things, including people, sicker.The UT

commons library analysis: bees and neonicotinoids

This briefing concentrates on the interaction between bees and neonicotinoids - which have been in the spotlight after a number of studies yielded evidence (although much of that evidence is contested) of sub-lethal, harmful effects on bees. Key points are:The use of three neonicotinoid insecticides - clothianidin and imidacloprid (made by Bayer) and thiamethoxam (made by Syngenta) - has been subject to 2 year precautionary restrictions in the EU since December 2013. This is based on concerns that they have sub-lethal but still harmful effects on bees.The UK Government has implemented the restrictions but did not support them because, in its view, field trial evidence did not support the restrictions. The Government believed that there had not been sufficient analysis of the impacts of the

commons library analysis: bees and neonicotinoids

This briefing concentrates on the interaction between bees and neonicotinoids - which have been in the spotlight after a number of studies yielded evidence (although much of that evidence is contested) of sub-lethal, harmful effects on bees. Key points are:The use of three neonicotinoid insecticides - clothianidin and imidacloprid (made by Bayer) and thiamethoxam (made by Syngenta) - has been subject to 2 year precautionary restrictions in the EU since December 2013. This is based on concerns that they have sub-lethal but still harmful effects on bees.The UK Government has implemented the restrictions but did not support them because, in its view, field trial evidence did not support the restrictions. The Government believed that there had not been sufficient analysis of the impacts of the

bumblebees' smelly feet help determine where to find lunch

Scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered that bumblebees have the ability to use 'smelly footprints' to make the distinction between their own scent, the scent of a relative and the scent of a stranger. And by using this ability, bees can improve their success at finding good sources of food and avoid flowers that have already been visited and mined of nutrients by recognising who has been there previously. Richard Pearce from the School of Biological Sciences, led the study alongside colleagues Dr Sean Rands and Dr Luca Giuggioli. He said: "Bumblebees secrete a substance whenever they touch their feet to a surface, much like us leaving fingerprints on whatever we touch."Marks of this invisible substance can be detected by themselves and other bumblebees, and are referred

apple to use 100% renewable energy for manufacturing in japan

"Our products help Apple devices run smarter, and now we are powering our operations with smarter energy too. We are pleased to partner with Apple and lead the way in helping Japan meet its clean energy goals," said Kyoichi Yamanaka, Managing Director of Ibiden's Environment Group.

scientists reveal core genes involved in immunity of honey bees

The image shows honey bees affected by deformed wing virus after a mite infestation. In the past decade, honey bee populations have experienced severe and persistent losses across the Northern Hemisphere, mainly due to the effects of pathogens. Credit: Fabio Del Piccolo, Università degli Studi di UdineA core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings provide a better-defined starting point for future studies of honey-bee health, and may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.
"In the past decade, honey-bee populations have experienced severe and persistent losses across the Northern Hemisphere, mainly due to th

how rats could lead to autism drugs that actually work

Clinical trials with mice have mostly failed, but the bigger, smarter rodents have more to reveal about human brains and behavior.

what australian kids are really scared of

Three things that worry nine-year-old Arielle Cochrane are wars, poverty – and bees."I get scared when I think about people being poor and hungry," she said.
Rebekah Cochrane and her daughter Arielle. Photo: Louise KennerleyBut just as her fear of being stung won't stop Arielle from jumping in the pool – "I just have to check before we go in," mum Rebekah said – her fear of what's happening overseas doesn't stop her from lending a helping hand.Arielle, who feels "bad" about wars, has already raised $40 by selling her old toys to buy a bike for a girl overseas who can't go to school.
Arielle Cochrane isn't a fan of bees but is more troubled by wars and poverty. Photo: Louise Kennerley"In terms of wars and knowing that there is bad stuff out there, I think probably encouraging her to do

what australian kids are really scared of

Three things that worry nine-year-old Arielle Cochrane are wars, poverty – and bees."I get scared when I think about people being poor and hungry," she said.
Rebekah Cochrane and her daughter Arielle. Photo: Louise KennerleyBut just as her fear of being stung won't stop Arielle from jumping in the pool – "I just have to check before we go in," mum Rebekah said – her fear of what's happening overseas doesn't stop her from lending a helping hand.Arielle, who feels "bad" about wars, has already raised $40 by selling her old toys to buy a bike for a girl overseas who can't go to school.
Arielle Cochrane isn't a fan of bees but is more troubled by wars and poverty. Photo: Louise Kennerley"In terms of wars and knowing that there is bad stuff out there, I think probably encouraging her to do

10 best augmented reality games and ar games for android

Augmented reality has been around for a long time. However, it didn’t make a splash as a gaming platform until Pokemon Go in 2016. It’s still young as a gaming platform. However, there are some decent augmented reality games. You can sink your teeth into them to see how AR works. Here are the best AR games for Android!Looking for more apps and games in various realities? Try these! 10 best augmented reality apps and AR apps for Android13 hours ago 15 best VR games for Google CardboardSeptember 5, 2016Bee ReadyPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYBee Ready is a simple augmented reality game. The game engages your camera and then shows you a bunch of bees. You'll have to shoot the bees in order to win. Sometimes balloons appear and shooting them gives you ammo and health. As an added challenge,

10 best augmented reality games and ar games for android

Augmented reality has been around for a long time. However, it didn’t make a splash as a gaming platform until Pokemon Go in 2016. It’s still young as a gaming platform. However, there are some decent augmented reality games. You can sink your teeth into them to see how AR works. Here are the best AR games for Android!Looking for more apps and games in various realities? Try these! 10 best augmented reality apps and AR apps for Android10 hours ago 15 best VR games for Google CardboardSeptember 5, 2016Bee ReadyPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYBee Ready is a simple augmented reality game. The game engages your camera and then shows you a bunch of bees. You'll have to shoot the bees in order to win. Sometimes balloons appear and shooting them gives you ammo and health. As an added challenge,

10 best augmented reality games and ar games for android

Augmented reality has been around for a long time. However, it didn’t make a splash as a gaming platform until Pokemon Go in 2016. It’s still young as a gaming platform. However, there are some decent augmented reality games. You can sink your teeth into them to see how AR works. Here are the best AR games for Android!Looking for more apps and games in various realities? Try these! 10 best augmented reality apps and AR apps for Android16 hours ago 15 best VR games for Google CardboardSeptember 5, 2016Bee ReadyPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYBee Ready is a simple augmented reality game. The game engages your camera and then shows you a bunch of bees. You'll have to shoot the bees in order to win. Sometimes balloons appear and shooting them gives you ammo and health. As an added challenge,

forget the bogyman, here's what australian kids are really scared of

Three things keep nine-year-old Arielle Cochrane up at night: wars, poverty – and bees."I get scared when I think about people being poor and hungry," she said.
Rebekah Cochrane and her daughter Arielle. Photo: Louise KennerleyBut just as her fear of being stung won't stop Arielle from jumping in the pool – "I just have to check before we go in," mum Rebekah said – her fear of what's happening overseas doesn't stop her from lending a helping hand.Arielle, who feels "bad" about wars, has already raised $40 by selling her old toys to buy a bike for a girl overseas who can't go to school.
Arielle Cochrane isn't a fan of bees but is more troubled by wars and poverty. Photo: Louise Kennerley"In terms of wars and knowing that there is bad stuff out there, I think probably encouraging her to

what's your best advice for small appliance repairs?

Deciding whether to fix a broken appliance or just get a new one can be pretty tough in our disposable society — especially when you have a stack of blue-and-white coupons for 20 percent off at your nearest big box store, and when you don't even know where to get started. (It's not like you can just bring it back to the store, 10 years later, or leave it on your windowsill and wait for magical elves to come fix it. You can't, right?)
So, we're wondering, what have you done when you've found yourself with a non-toasty toaster or a non-mixing mixer? How do you determine if it'll cost less (in terms of time, money, and effort) to just get a new one? If you should just take a hammer to the old one and smash it to pieces? Or if it's worth fixing? If it's worth fixing, how do you even go about

flies and bees act like plant cultivators

Field mustard: The plant pollinated by bumblebees is larger (left) than the plant pollinated by hoverflies. Credit: UZHPollinator insects accelerate plant evolution, but a plant changes in different ways depending on the pollinator. After only nine generations, the same plant is larger and more fragrant if pollinated by bumblebees rather than flies, as a study conducted by evolutionary biologists from the University of Zurich reveals.
Not much plant sex happens without pollinator insects: Bees, flies or butterflies transfer the male pollen grains to the stigma of a plant's female style, thereby ensuring its sexual reproduction. Researchers from the Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany at the University of Zurich now reveal that pollinator insects also have a surprisingly stro

truly smart people go through these 4 stages to develop their critical thinking

Simply getting more information won’t make you smarterEveryone wants to be smarter. Sometimes, we’re just amazed by those who can think quickly and deeply. To be like them, we easily make the assumption that the larger our knowledge bases are, the smarter we become. While this assumption is true in some sense, it doesn’t present the whole picture. Compared with how much information we come across, it’s more important to pay attention to how we interpret the information.To ensure that we can absorb information more efficiently, we have to work on improving on our critical thinking skills. Actually, all truly smart people have gone through the following four stages to gain their well-developed minds. Check the following to see which critical thinking stage you’re staying at now and how you c

flies and bees act like plant cultivators

Pollinator insects accelerate plant evolution, but a plant changes in different ways depending on the pollinator. After only nine generations, the same plant is larger and more fragrant if pollinated by bumblebees rather than flies, as a study conducted by evolutionary biologists from the University of Zurich reveals.

kristen stewart on coming out and robert pattinson interview

After publicly announcing for the first time that she had a girlfriend this summer, Kristen Stewart has revealed why she decided to open up about her sexuality."It just seemed important, and topical," she said of coming out during a recent interview with The Sunday Times.The former Twilight star — who recently joked that she is, "like, so gay," on Saturday Night Live — spoke about why she chose to begin sharing more details of her love life with fans. "Considering I had so many eyes on me, I suddenly realized [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me," she said. "It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselves."Stewart also discussed why her view on media attention was different during her high-prof

kristen stewart explains why she decided to come out as gay

Kristen Stewart fought like hell to keep her former relationship with Robert Pattinson under wraps, but you have may noticed that she’s a little less guarded in recent years. That’s because the 26-year-old actress has publicly come out as gay and is proud that her visibility is having a positive effect.In a recent interview with The London Sunday Times, the newly shorn star said that when she was dating Pattinson, “the public was the enemy.”“I hated it that details of my life were being turned into a commodity and peddled around the world,” she said. “But considering I had so many eyes on me, I suddenly realized [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me. It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselv

kristen stewart explains why she decided to come out as gay

Kristen Stewart fought like hell to keep her former relationship with Robert Pattinson under wraps, but you may have noticed that she’s a little less guarded in recent years. That’s because the 26-year-old actress has publicly come out as gay, and is proud that her visibility is having a positive effect.In a recent interview with London's Sunday Times, the newly shorn star said that when she was dating Pattinson, “the public was the enemy.”“I hated it that details of my life were being turned into a commodity and peddled around the world,” she said. “But considering I had so many eyes on me, I suddenly realized [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me. It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselve

true winners don't just aim to win, they appreciate and learn from their competi

So the Academy Award Shows’ over, I bet one of your most remarkable moments would be the mixing up mistake for the Best Picture Award. After all, nothing like this had ever happened over the past 89 years of Academy Award Shows.While people are hotly debating over the internet whether it’s the host or Leonardo DiCaprio for causing the mix-up of the Best Picture, I would rather stick my focus to the incredible crew and cast of both Moonlight and La La Land.Once the La La Land team realized that the Best Picture actually went to Moonlight, La La Land’s producer Fred Berger felt proud to hand the award to their friends in Moonlight, and the team graciously handed over their statues to the people behind Moonlight. And during the thank you speech, the director of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, also

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