Archive for September, 2011

Bees out-compute computers, solve classic math problem

From Fox News: Researchers at Queen Mark, the University of London, and Royal Holloway have discovered that in their meandering, bees find the shortest possible route between the flowers they randomly discover. By doing so, the honey-lovin' insects are essentially solving the "Traveling Salesman Problem" -- despite having brains the size of a pinhead. The classic mathematical problem, first formulated in 1930, involves a traveling salesman who must find the most efficient itinerary that allows him to visit all locations on his route. It is one of the most intensively studied problems in optimization. Computers solve it by comparing the length of all ...

09.20.2011 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Bee Venom Acts Like Botox, Turns Back Time

From Thanks to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, bee venom is becoming a popular organic alternative to skin rejuvenators such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Botox. The Duchess is reportedly a fan of Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, a face mask that contains bee venom. As a matter of fact, the British beauty brand recently scored a 10-year distribution deal worth roughly $164 million in the up-and-coming Chinese beauty market. 'Can she call you back? She's sitting in the garden waiting to be stung' Read more:

09.16.2011 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Mated Drone

This unfortunate drone was floundering in the grass near one of the SAGE hives today, so I picked him up for a closer look. He had some whitish liquid exuding from his backside. It looked very much like the entrails of a worker bee after she has stung someone.       It took a moment to dawn on me that this drone had just mated with a queen. (For those unfamiliar with the bee mating process, "lucky" drones lose their boy parts in a literal explosion that produces an audible pop. Afterwards, they fall to the ground to wither and die, while the queen goes ...

09.15.2011 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Low Doses of Pesticides Cause High Mortality in Bees Infected with N. Ceranae

"The scientists chronically exposed newly emerged honeybees, of which some were healthy and others were infected with N. ceranae, to low doses of insecticides. According to them, the infected bees died when they were chronically exposed to insecticides. Sublethal doses did not protect those bees either. "The team points out that this combined effect on honeybee mortality was seen with daily exposure to extremely low loses (over 100 times less than the LD50 (Lethal Dose 50 = a dose that causes 50% mortality in a population) for each insecticide). The synergy is not contingent on the type of insecticide since the ...

09.13.2011 Posted in Beelog by Karessa