Oh, so what!
Bees have the superpower-like ability to be able to send out a proverbial emergency Bat Signal’s to all the bees in their colony…
Once members becomes infected with a sever, or dangerous, pathogen?
Triggering them all to self-medicate.
[via eScience] Research from North Carolina State University shows that honey bees “self-medicate” when their colony is infected with a harmful fungus [EMERGENCY!], bringing in increased amounts of antifungal plant resins to ward off the pathogen. “The colony is willing to expend the energy and effort of its worker bees to collect these resins,” says Dr. Michael Simone-Finstrom, a postdoctoral research scholar in NC State’s Department of Entomology and lead author of a paper describing the research. “So, clearly this behavior has evolved because the benefit to the colony exceeds the cost.”
Wild honey bees normally line their hives with propolis, a mixture of plant resins and wax that has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Domesticated honey bees also use propolis, to fill in cracks in their hives. However, researchers found that, when faced with a fungal threat, bees bring in significantly more propolis — 45 percent more, on average. The bees also physically removed infected larvae that had been parasitized by the fungus and were being used to create fungal spores. [Read More]
When it comes to emergencies?
Not impressive at all.
I’ve got three words for you…
Emergency. Pizza. Button!
[via Technology Review] I know I’ve said this before, but this time I mean it. This may be the best idea ever.
I’ve covered life-altering, even life-saving, technology on this blog, time after time, day after day. And maybe it’s just that I’m feeling charitable, or maybe it’s just that I bumped my head earlier, or maybe it’s just that I’m very, very hungry. But there are few gadgets I’ve wanted more than this: an emergency pizza button.
My only complaint about that video [below] is that the music undersells how dramatic this development really is. [Read More]
Pffft – YEAH!
That last statement quoted above – Are you kidding me?
As we know it?
Will never bee the same again.
How could in NOT be?