(Science|Business) BeeHero’s sensors provide up to the minute information to beekeepers. BeeHero now collects data from 20,000 hives. The company says it has created the largest repository of bee data in the world. “The more data we have, the more we can improve the accuracy of our systems.”
(New York Times) For years, scientists have sought to build aerial robots inspired by bees and other flying insects. But they have always run into a fundamental problem: Flying takes a lot of energy. “Having onboard power is the first big step to getting microrobots out of the lab and into the real world.”
(Montana State University) Unmanned aircraft are growing ever more popular — and smaller. But spinning rotor blades can be downsized only so much before air friction overtakes lift force, causing the tiny motors to overheat and fail. Flapping wings, on the other hand, can scale down almost indefinitely.
(IGN) TBR Editor: Don’t get hung up on the author’s ignorance of bees. The game creator seems reasonably knowledgeable. And the game itself is… well… educational-ish?
(Entomology Today) According to the researchers, this type of structure and mechanism is rarely seen in animals and has never previously been reported as regulating and controlling physiological activities.
(Atlas Obscura) “I would argue, as would many other beeologists, that most bees are arguably cuter than most kids.” It’s hard to tell whether or not Sam Droege is joking. TBR Editor: I just rediscovered this piece from 2018. The rock star photos and Droege’s commentary make it worth sharing again.
(KULR 8) This Missoula entomologist says 30 seconds to record and 12 seconds to analyze is all it takes to test the health of a bee colony. But the team still needs to raise more than $6,000 before the app is officially launched to the public.
(MIT News) “We currently have no robotic alternative to bees for pollination of many crops. If we want to grow crops on Mars, we may need to bring bees with us. Knowing if they can survive a mission, reintegrate into the hive, and thrive afterwards is critical.”