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2013-01-03 05:03:51

Science Pays Tribute to One of Television´s Favorite Physicists With the Naming of a Brand-New Species of Bee After the Esteemed Dr. Sheldon Cooper BURBANK, Calif (PRWEB) January 02, 2013 He has two Ph.D´s and an IQ of 187, he plays “Words with Friends” with Stephen Hawking, and he owns Leonard Nimoy´s napkin. The global march to spread the genius of The Big Bang Theory´s Dr. Sheldon Cooper just crossed scientific fields, from theoretical physics to...

Bee Monitoring System Could Serve As Early Warning System For Global Food Shortages
2012-12-20 16:19:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A United Nations-sponsored study has developed a new method to monitor global bee populations. The method, which will see regular bee counts over a five year period, should also serve as an early warning system alerting scientists to dangers threatening the world´s food and economic system. The work has been spearheaded by San Francisco State University Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn. She and her colleagues, who...

What Does It Take To Be A Queen Bee?
2012-12-10 12:05:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research from a pair of Swiss researchers, queen sweat bees influence the adult size of their daughters based on which brood they are born into. During the initial observation period of the study, the researchers noted that first brood females were always smaller than second brood females, but first brood males are sometimes the same size as males from the second brood. The queen bees were found regulating the...

Genetics Plays Vital Role In Building Better Bees
2012-10-16 12:14:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study suggests that the reason worker bees are such a highly skilled and specialized workforce is that the genes controlling their behavior are re-shuffled frequently, helping evolution build a better bee. The new research from York University, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), sheds light on how sterile worker bees evolved charismatic and cooperative behaviors. These behaviors include...

French Beekeepers Buzzing Over Blue Honey
2012-10-05 07:40:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online French beekeepers are seeing red after learning that M&M´s waste could be making their honeybees produce honey in shades of blues and greens. The phenomenon was first noticed by beekeepers in August around the town of Ribeauville, France; they observed the bees returning to their hives carrying strange colorful substances that have turned their naturally golden sweet wax into a palette of unnatural hues. The northeastern...

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2012-09-07 19:08:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Biologists are conducting an elaborate experiment by tagging infected "Zombie" bees with tiny radio trackers and monitoring the insects' movements. A team reported in the journal PLoS ONE last year of "zombie" like bees infected with a Apocephalus borealis fly parasite. The infected bees would abandon their hives and congregate near outside lights, moving in increasingly erratic circles on the ground before dying. In order...

Bees That Go 'Cuckoo' In Nests Of Other Bees
2012-08-31 12:08:39

5 new species of cuckoo bees from the Cape Verde Islands The biota of island archipelagos is of considerable interest to biologists. These isolated areas often act as 'evolutionary laboratories', spawning biological diversity rapidly and permitting many mechanisms to be observed and studied over relatively short periods of time. Such islands are often the places of new discoveries, including the documentation of new species. The Republic of Cape Verde comprises 10 inhabited islands...

Bees Have A Sweet Tooth Too
2012-07-01 10:00:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to scientists at Arizona State University, honey bees may hold clues to human taste perception and metabolic disorders. Gro Amdam, an associate professor, and Ying Wang, a research scientist, in the School of Life Sciences in ASU´s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences conducted genetic tests on honey bees and identified connections between sugar sensitivity, diabetic physiology and carbohydrate metabolism. Bees and...

2012-03-15 21:37:13

Japanese honeybees face a formidable foe in the Asian giant hornet, a fierce predator that can reach 40mm long or larger, but the bees have developed a novel defense mechanism: they create a "hot defensive bee ball," swarming around the hornet and literally cooking it. Now, a new study published Mar. 14 in the open access journal PLoS ONE uncovers some of the neural activity that underlies this unusual behavior, which is not practiced by the Japanese honeybee's European relative. The...


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Melissophobia
2013-12-24 11:13:46

Melissophobia or the fear of bees, from Greek melissa, meaning honey bee and phobos, meaning fear, and sometimes misspelled as melissaphobia and known also as apiphobia, is one of the most common fears among people and is kind of a specific phobia. The majority of the population have been stung by a bee or had friends or family members stung. A child may fall victim to a bee sting while playing outside. The sting can be rather painful and in some individuals results in swelling which might...

Apiology
2012-10-15 16:00:21

Apiology is the scientific study of honey bees, a subdiscipline of melittology (the study of all bees), which is a subdiscipline of entomology. Melittology comprises of more than 17,000 species other than the honey bee. Apiology includes apicology, which is the study of honey bee ecology. Honey bees are often chosen as a study group to answer questions on the evolution of social systems. People who study honey bees are called apiologists. There have been a number of notable apiologists...

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2005-09-09 09:43:40

The bumblebee is a flying insect of the genus Bombus in the family Apidae and a relative of the common honeybee. The bumblebee feeds on nectar and gathers pollen to feed its young. They are beneficial to humans and the plant world alike, and tend to be larger than other members of the bee family. Most bumblebee species are gentle. From this comes their original name: "Humblebee". Bumblebees are social insects that are known for their black and yellow striped bodies, a commonality among the...

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2005-09-09 07:53:35

PHOTO CAPTION: Megachile centuncularis (L.) a European leaf-cutter bee, cutting a Wisteria leaf. Photo taken by Keith Edkins The Megachilidae are a family of mainly solitary bees. They carry pollen in specialized structures called scopae. These scopae are located under the abdomen, rather than on the hind legs like in the honey bee. Megachilidae are commonly known as mason and leaf cutter bees, reflecting the materials they build their nest cells from, such as clay or leaves. Most species...

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2005-09-08 12:32:32

Carpenter bees (Xylocopinae subfamily) are considered to be important pollinators, especially of open-faced flowers, though they are also known to "rob" nectar by boring holes in the sides of flowers with deep corollas (thus not accomplishing pollination). The smaller species tunnel into pithy stems to build their nests. Other species bore holes in wood and can become pests in wood construction. Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumblebees. They are similar in size and coloring. The...

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