(CNET) To mark this year’s Earth Day, Google partnered with The Honeybee Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting bees, to construct an interactive Doodle that features a bee going about its important business of pollinating flowers. You can use your mouse to guide the bee from flower to flower, getting pollination done and unlocking cool facts about bees and their importance to sustaining life on Earth.
(EurekAlert/Shinshu University) Manuka honey contains multiple bioactive ingredients that aid in healing. Electrospinning is a type of fiber production that uses electrical force to draw extremely fine threads from polymer solutions. Researchers at Shinshu University in Japan have found just the right technique for spinning dressings made with manuka honey that are antimicrobial, breathable and can promote wound healing in virto.
(EurekAlert/Nanyang Technological University) Scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have created a paper-like material derived from pollen that bends and curls in response to changing levels of environmental humidity. The ability of this paper made from pollen to alter its mechanical characteristics in response to external stimuli may make it useful in a wide range of applications, including soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
(Entomology Today) If you’ve tried using a macro lens to photograph arthropods in the field, you know it can be far more challenging than shooting in the lab or studio. As the lens gets closer to the subject, a movement of even 1 millimeter can throw your target area out of focus. Here are some tricks we use to obtain sharper, more detailed, and better-composed macrophotographs in the field.
(The Bull & Bear) Run by a combination of beekeepers, engineers and computer programmers, Nectar was founded in 2016. The technology that Nectar has developed is designed to deliver real-time, accurate data about the bees, the hive itself, and outside conditions as well. Their solutions consist of the Beecon, the BeeHub, and the BeeTag.
(EurekAlert/Nanyang Technological University) Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore have found a way to turn pollen, one of the hardest materials in the plant kingdom, into a soft and flexible material, with the potential to serve as “building blocks” for the design of new categories of eco-friendly materials.
(Yahoo Finance) Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. announced that it has closed three new grower deals with berry producers in Oregon and Washington states. These new customers will use BVT’s proprietary bee delivery system for fungicides on portions of their blueberry and raspberry crops in the upcoming growing season. These new deals also mark the first commercial use of BVT’s recently announced patent-pending computer-controlled honey bee hive dispenser system.
(USA Today) The waxworm, researchers discovered in 2017, is seemingly able to eat through common types of plastic — including polyethylene, a non-biodegradable type of plastic that is the most commonly used worldwide. Waxworms are not an end-all solution to plastic waste, however. Wax larvae are pests for bees, naturally feeding off honeycomb and running the risk of reducing their populations — and those of plants and crops.