A new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.
Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once.
“Cedar Anderson and Stuart Anderson have spent over ten years developing the Flow hive. It uses special frames with open cells that allow honey to flow through a pipe when you want to harvest. The bees don’t freak out because there’s no violent home invasion, and I’m sure this non-invasive harvesting method reduces the chance they’ll abscond from the hive (sic)”.
Source: BoingBoing full article
A Japanese vegetable juice company has designed a new a wearable robot that dispenses tomatoes for people to eat while on the go.
Tomatan is a robot that can be worn as a backpack. Weighing 8kg (18 pounds), it features a tomato shaped head with a mouth that opens to dispense the tomato into circular metal arms that then come down over the person’s mouth to feed them a tomato.
Why would anyone need this, you might ask? Well, according to Kagome, which claims to be Japan’s largest supplier of tomato juice and tomato ketchup, people running the Tokyo marathon really need this.
Source: IBT for full article.