Alan Millar

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The World’s Pollinators Are Dying Out, And All Our Favourite Foods Could Go With Them

No more coffee or chocolate.<p>The first global assessment of pollinators ever has found that extinction pressures on species that facilitate crop …

Bee decline: Two diseases are combining to destroy global honey bees

Wild bees have been in the wars over the past ten years. Since 2005, their numbers in the UK have fallen by two-thirds, and despite conservation …

Bees Are Getting Addicted to Harmful, Nictotine-Like Insecticides, Study Suggests

Hooked on insecticides like humans are hooked on cigarettes.<p>In a new study looking into the effect of neonicotinoids insecticides - the most widely …

Climate 'vice' constricts bumblebees' natural ranges - researchers

<b>Climate change is threatening the survival of bumblebees, significantly reducing the habitats in which they can survive, researchers say.</b><p>They say the natural ranges of these key pollinators are being compressed in both Europe and North America.<p>The analysis indicates that warming is having a greater …

Bee-friendly plants put to the test

<b>Researchers have used an experimental garden to put pollinator-friendly plants to the test.</b><p>The University of Sussex scientists counted the number of insects visiting the plants in their garden.<p>They say their findings show that insect-friendly plants are just as pretty, cheap and easy to grow as …

Honeybee shortage threatens crop pollination in Europe

<b>In more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new research.</b><p>Scientists believe that a boom in biofuels has sparked a massive increase in the need for pollination.<p>The shortage is particularly acute in Britain which has only a quarter of the …

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 …

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Regulations under development at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to manage deep-sea mining are insufficient to prevent irrevocable damage to …

Identifying common bumblebee queens

The days are getting longer now and the first bumblebee queens make an appearance. They emerge from their long sleep to fill their stomach with …

Roundabout way to grow flowers helps to boost the bees, research reveals

<b>A scheme in Scotland that covered urban roundabouts and grass verges in wild flowers has proved a big hit with bumblebees flies, new research from</b> …

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers …

Bumblebees infected with honeybee diseases

<b>The beleaguered bumblebee faces a new threat, scientists say.</b><p>Researchers have found that two diseases harboured by honeybees are spilling over into wild bumblebees.<p>Insects infected with deformed wing virus and a fungal parasite called <i>Nosema ceranae</i> were found across England, Scotland and …

The flight of the Bumblebee becomes more impressive: Scientists now believe this humble insect could fly over Mount Everest

The flight of the bumblebee – once thought to be aerodynamically impossible – has proven to be even more scientifically astounding than previously …

Mount Everest

Human Migration, Population Genetics

Which Historical Geniuses are You Related To?<p>Celebrate DNA Day and the premier of Season 2 of "Genius" on the National Geographic Channel with Geno 2.0, now offering five new historical geniuses in our Genius Matches feature. How closely related are you to Jesse James? Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses the …

Brownfield Hub

A brownfield site is a piece of land that has been altered by human activity, which is not currently in use. Brownfield sites offer a precious …

Keeping mason bees in your fridge (and other ideas for helping wild pollinators)

There's been a lot of talk about saving the honeybee, and with good reason. They give us honey, they pollinate our crops, and they are just plain …

6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”<p>The Open University, an online educational institute, took …

Dark Matter

How biodiversity can flourish on an urban planet (<i>The Conversation</i>) Wildlife is not just found in wild places. 20% of all bird species are now found …

Garden Wildlife Health

Misanthropy I can bear - but anti-feline prejudice is different

The cat is man's master, and nobody should challenge its supremacy<p>This week I learnt a disturbing fact about Walt Disney. At an awards dinner in Hollywood, Meryl Streep gave a speech in which she condemned him for his various prejudices. He didn’t like women, he didn’t like Jews, and in fact he …

An innovative monitoring scheme could provide a better understanding of the factors that impact on the size and health of honeybee populations, and …

March 2013

How Honey Bees Point Their Way To Food

With help from light that humans can't see<p>Honey bees can give each other directions using polarized light as a landmark to find potential food. Light becomes polarized as it reaches us through the atmosphere, but the polarization is typically not seen by the naked human eye. In a new study from the …

Mining in Greenland - a country divided

<b>Greenland's economy relies on fishing and hunting, but the government has ambitious plans to develop the country's resource industries. In places like Narsaq, there's a fear that mining could destroy the environment and traditional ways of life.</b><p>Jens Erik Kirkegaard looks out across the smooth black …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are."<br>"Where are we then?"<br>"Do you see that mountain over …