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Extinction Countdown

Britain Tries (Again) to Re-Introduce Extinct Bees

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Long live the queens. A species of bumblebee that went extinct in its native Britain decades ago now has a second chance, as several short-haired bumblebees (Bombus subterraneus) were released June 3 in a restored habitat on the southeastern corner of England. This is the third phase in a multi-step effort to both bring back [...]

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Extinction Countdown

British bumblebees are inbreeding themselves into extinction

Populations of a bumblebee species living on remote Scottish islands have a lack of genetic diversity because of many generations of inbreeding, a situation that could put the region’s bumblebees at risk of extinction, according to a new study by scientists from the University of Stirling in Scotland. Penelope Whitehorn, a PhD student, presented the [...]

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Not bad science

Psychic Animals and Football-Playing Bees

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Working in the field of animal behaviour means that around World Cup season it’s hard to avoid being sent links to so-called ‘psychic’ animals that predict the outcome of matches, such as Paul the octopus, Leon the porcupine and Anton the tamarin. However, while these animals may have made predictions useful to people placing bets [...]

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Forget The Flea Circus, Bees Can Do All The Tricks

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When we think of animals doing tricks, we’re likely to think of dogs               or maybe even a parrot               But you probably didn’t think of bumblebees. However, check out these videos of these bumblebees performing some seemingly impressive feats:   How did [...]

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Does Social Learning Need to be Social? Insights from Bumble Bees

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This might seem perplexing to some, but I’ve just spent two days listening to talks and meeting with people who all work on social insects. And it was great. I was at Royal Holloway, University of London, where the IUSSI meeting was taking place. The IUSSI is the ‘International Union for the Study of Social [...]

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Observations

Bumblebees Quickly Learn Best Paths to Sweet Flowers

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Bumblebees, it turns out, don’t bumble. Using tiny radar tracking devices, motion-activated cameras and artificial flowers, scientists have learned how the bees themselves quickly learn the best routes to take when they go foraging from flower to flower. In fact, their cognitive competence in this area seems to match that of bigger-brained animals. A team [...]

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Observations

Zombies Invade Google Campus

She looked perfectly normal. But what was she doing roaming around at night on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif? She’d been drawn out of her home, following the light, and now was taking mincing steps across a white bed sheet. Had she just taken “the flight of the living dead”? Was she actually [...]

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