Open Entomology: tips and tools for better reproducibility in your research

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(Entomology Today) “Reproducibility is a hot topic in today’s scientific world. Chances are, you’ve come across mentions in news outlets or social media sites of the “reproducibility crisis” in the medical and social sciences. These reproducibility issues have led to a movement to make science more open, especially with respect to how we handle our data, carry out our analyses, produce our results, and report our findings. By being more transparent about how we have carried out our work, the hope is that we will make our work more reproducible. Many tools are available to make our work more reproducible…”

Want to know what climate change will do in your back yard? There’s a data set for that

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(EurekAlert/CIAT) What the global climate emergency has in store may vary from one back yard to the next, particularly in the tropics where microclimates, geography and land-use practices shift dramatically over small areas. A data set created by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture is filling this niche. While it has primarily served agricultural research, the data has also been used to map the potential global spread of Zika (a mosquito-borne disease), to plan investment strategies for international development, and to predict the ongoing decline of outdoor skating days in Canada due to warmer winters.

‘Emirati Queen Bee’ for UAE’s food security is here

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(Gulf News) The United Arab Emirates is crossbreeding bees to develop a resilient Queen that can endure the harsh desert climate and sustain crucial pollination rates crucial for the country’s food security. And technology company Oracle is collaborating with the World Bee Project on a Global Hive Network using AI and cloud computing to track and retrieve data through sensors attached to hives.

Robots could save the bees, HubWeek researchers say

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(Boston University News Service) Researchers have begun working with local beekeepers nationwide to test Buzz, an app where beekeepers can see real-time information on how their hive is doing and be alerted to any potentially dangerous changes within the hive. “If there’s an infection, there’s medicine in a little component in the smarthive that can release. It will have an ion trap spectrometer that can detect pesticide levels and open a vent. It can communicate to the beekeeper by text, email or phone call when the temperature is dropping in winter so that the bees don’t freeze to death.”

Can a digital hive keep bees alive?

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(Verizon) Honey bee colonies are dying off in massive quantities. The troubling news has inspired a lot of people to help the insect population, including citizen scientists and amateur beekeepers. These new enthusiasts are bursting onto the scene without the experience and wisdom of professional beekeepers, many of whom come from families that have raised hives for generations. To make up for a lack of experience, the “newbees” are utilizing smartphone apps, Internet of Things connectivity, and data sharing to keep colonies as healthy as possible during a time when insects are battling pesticides, parasites and climate change.

Deadly stings from bees, wasps, hornets increase over last 5 years, CDC finds

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(ABC 11) New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show hornets, wasps and bees have killed more people every year for the last five reported years. The new statistics show data on deaths attributed to the flying insects from 2000 to 2017. The fewest deaths, 43, occurred in 2001. The most deaths, 89, occurred in 2017. Men accounted for approximately 80 percent of all the recorded deaths. The actual CDC QuickStats on the number of deaths from hornet, wasp, and bee stings can be found here.