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These Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures Are Made by Bees!

These Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures Are Made by Bees!

We all know honeybees are essential to our food system and tireless workers, but who would have thought they could be artists too? Bejing-based artist Ren Ri collaborates with these fascinating insects to

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Clever Honey Bank Art Installation Urges Parisians to Invest in the Bees

Clever Honey Bank Art Installation Urges Parisians to Invest in the Bees

French design collective Poetic Party created The Honey Bank, a clever art installation that brings awareness and investment to the world's fast-disappearing honeybee populations. Putting a new spin on an

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

Did you know that one out of three bites of food that Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Honeybees play a crucial role in the nation's food supply, which means the

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INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

By now, it's more than likely that you're familiar with the term "guerrilla gardening"... but if you aren't, it's a great subject to look into. All over the world, people are planting everything from

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How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

Recent years have seen bees dying off en masse, but our flying friends may have found their salvation in an unlikely insect ally – a dangerously poisonous spider. A bite from a funnel web spider could

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

A tractor-trailer carrying a cargo of 460 beehives overturned last night on a ramp into the I-95 North in Newark, Delaware. The accident released the insects from their hives, causing a swarm of an

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Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

The preliminary results of the 2013–14 report on overwinter colony loss amongst U.S. honeybees have been announced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report shows that while

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New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) confirms what has long been feared: insecticides, in particular those in the neonicotinoid class, are causing the wide-scale collapse of bee

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Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

 Photo © Shutterstock A new study in the journal PLoS One has revealed that UK honeybees are only providing a quarter of the pollination that is actually needed for all of the nation's crops. Out of

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DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

Some of you might think it's crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn't be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside

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Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

While environmentalists and politicians disagree about whether or not to ban pesticides suspected of killing honeybees, some farmers are completely disregarding bee-protecting legislation that's already

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500,000 Bees Move Into Seattle-Tacoma Airport

500,000 Bees Move Into Seattle-Tacoma Airport

The Seattle-Tacoma Airport has repurposed its empty land and is now hosting 500,000 honeybees as part of a partnership with nonprofit group The Common Acre. In the midst of mass bee die-offs and fears

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Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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New Study Suggests Massive Bee Die-Off and Colony Collapse Caused by Combination of Factors: Fungicides Lead to Parasite Infections

New Study Suggests Massive Bee Die-Off and Colony Collapse Caused by Combination of Factors: Fungicides Lead to Parasite Infections

Although it's obvious that something is killing bees in mass quantities, for years scientists have struggled to finger a culprit. A continued mass die-off of honey bees would be disastrous for our food

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Honeycomb Vase Designer Claims Dewar’s Whiskey Campaign Exploits His Work

Honeycomb Vase Designer Claims Dewar’s Whiskey Campaign Exploits His Work

Slovakian designer Tomáš Libertíny claims that a creative agency from New York is exploiting two of his trademark projects -- 2007 Honeycomb Vase which is part of the MOMA collection, and The

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6 Buzzworthy Backyard Beehive Designs

6 Buzzworthy Backyard Beehive Designs

Urban Beehive by Philips Traditionally, beehives have been little more than wooden boxes with multiple internal screens upon which bees can deposit honey. The Urban Beehive by Philips is a much more

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Bazz the Beekeeper’s Dog Sniffs Out Bee Disease in an Adorable Custom Suit

Bazz the Beekeeper’s Dog Sniffs Out Bee Disease in an Adorable Custom Suit

A black labrador named Bazz has joined the global ranks of beekeepers who are fighting to save the world's pollinators - and he even has an adorable custom suit to protect him on the job. Like Boneco the

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New Study Shows Insecticide Alters Honeybee Genes

New Study Shows Insecticide Alters Honeybee Genes

Image via Shutterstock New research shows that exposure to a certain kind of insecticide alters the genetic makeup of honeybees. The US has denied the link between insecticides and honeybee deaths,

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Why the Bees are Dying: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem Found in Classic Literature

Why the Bees are Dying: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem Found in Classic Literature

Image via Shutterstock I’m seeing news of bees’ demise everywhere. Most recently in Whole Foods’ visionary photo of its half-empty produce section in a world without bees. It brought to mind the

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5 Matriarchal Animal Species That Prove Fox News’ Erick Erickson Wrong About What Nature Intended

5 Matriarchal Animal Species That Prove Fox News’ Erick Erickson Wrong About What Nature Intended

Recently Fox News' Erik Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com, complained about a Pew report that found mothers as the primary or sole breadwinners in 40 percent of American households with kids. In

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US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

Photo via Shutterstock Just days after Europe placed a two year ban on bee-killing pesticides, the US government has released a claim that there is no clear link between widespread colony collapse and

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High Fructose Corn Syrup May Be Tied to Bee Colony Collapse

High Fructose Corn Syrup May Be Tied to Bee Colony Collapse

Photo via Shutterstock Colony Collapse Disorder, which is causing a significant decline in bee populations, has been associated with everything from pesticides to cell phones. And while it's almost

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Bee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe!

Bee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe!

Today the European Commission voted to ban pesticides that are widely believed to be harmful to bees, The BBC reports. Last month the commission presented a proposal to ban neonicotinoid pesticides such

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Scientists Use Bees to Fight Fruit Tree Fire Blight

Scientists Use Bees to Fight Fruit Tree Fire Blight

Apple and pear trees are often at risk for fire blight, but unfortunately by the time a tree shows signs of disease it's too late and surrounding arbors have already been infected. Researchers at the

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Beekeepers Report Bee Losses of Up to 50 Percent in 2012

Beekeepers Report Bee Losses of Up to 50 Percent in 2012

Beekeepers across the country are reporting that colony collapse disorder has resulted in bee losses in their hives at higher rates than ever before. Bees have been dying off at alarming rates since 2005,

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Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Photo via Shutterstock American beekeepers, conservation groups and food campaigners have filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to protect the

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Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Honey bee populations around the world are in decline due to causes ranging from 'super mites' to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and even cell phones - and if the insects disappear completely the planet's

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Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Photo via Shutterstock A cure for HIV has eluded scientists since the virus was first discovered in the early 1980s, but researchers at Washington University believe that bee venom could provide a

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