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Gene Activity Associated With Diet Of Honey Bees Could Play Role In Colony Collapse Disorder

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In a new study designed to determine whether or not poor nutrition plays a role in colony collapse disorder, researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have discovered...

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Bees Seek Adventure, Studies Show
2012-03-11 05:38:49

Humans aren´t the only species on Planet Earth to seek thrills and adventure. A new study posted in the journal Science explains that honey bees are just as likely as human beings to seek an adrenaline high. Molecular pathways in the brain that are often associated with thrill-seeking were found in honey bees as well. Often thought to be diligent in roles given to them by the hive, this new study shows that honey bees may have wants and desires other than serving the queen of the...

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2010-04-27 12:23:04

They are both nest-building social insects, but paper wasps and honey bees organize their colonies in very different ways. In a new study, researchers report that despite their differences, these insects rely on the same network of genes to guide their social behavior. The study appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Honey bees and paper wasps are separated by more than 100 million years of evolution, and there are striking differences in how they divvy up the...

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2009-08-25 15:05:00

Researchers report this week that they have found a surprising but reliable marker of colony collapse disorder, a baffling malady that in 2007-2008 killed off more than a third of commercial honey bees in the U.S.Their study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to identify a single, objective molecular marker of the disorder, and to propose a data-driven hypothesis to explain the mysterious disappearance of American honey bees. The team included researchers...

2008-12-23 16:33:24

Honey bees on cocaine tend to exaggerate their actions to hive-mates for possibly altruistic reasons, University of Illinois researchers reported Tuesday. Normally foraging honey bees dance to alert others in the hive to potential food sources only when the sources are high quality, but bees buzzing on cocaine performed their dance when any food was found, the Champaign, Ill., university said in a release. The dance, or waggle, gives information that helps other bees find nectar or food. The...

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2008-12-23 12:15:00

In a study that challenges current ideas about the insect brain, researchers have found that honey bees on cocaine tend to exaggerate. Normally, foraging honey bees alert their comrades to potential food sources only when they've found high quality nectar or pollen, and only when the hive is in need. They do this by performing a dance, called a "round" or "waggle" dance, on a specialized "dance floor" in the hive. The dance gives specific instructions that help the other bees find the food....

2008-07-31 15:00:41

THE world's first openly gay Anglican bishop is to take to the stage with comedian Abie Philbin Bowman, Cambodian temple dancers and Tanzanian musicians as part of this year's Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Gene Robinson, whose election as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in the US has prompted fears of a schism in the Anglican church, will talk about his belief that change and adaptation are at the heart of Christianity and should not be feared. The festival will...

2008-07-20 21:00:16

DETROIT _ For years, worshippers at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Livonia, Mich., patiently put up with their diocese as it adopted a series of liberal changes that clashed with biblical tradition. But the breaking point came in 2003, when the Episcopal Church _ with the approval of the local diocese _ consecrated an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire. After a testy meeting with Episcopal leaders, about two-thirds of the 300-member congregation bolted in 2006, leaving a church many of...

2006-06-28 01:54:31

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, has said the worldwide church may have to break up amid a bitter row over the consecration of gay bishops. In a lengthy statement issued by his Lambeth Palace office on Tuesday, Williams proposed churches should be asked to sign a formal covenant, allowing some to be fuller members of the Anglican communion than others. "Those churches that were prepared to...

2006-06-21 14:03:03

By Jim Leckrone COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church, trying to appease an angry and alienated worldwide Anglican community, reversed itself on Wednesday and agreed to try to avoid the consecration of more openly gay bishops. The action came 24 hours after one of two legislative bodies at the 2.3 million member U.S. church's convention had rejected a similar idea. The non-binding resolution adopted at the convention calls on those in authority "to exercise restraint...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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