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Bees Are Building Nests With Our Waste Plastic

samzenpus posted about 10 months ago | from the making-the-best-of-things dept.

Earth 92

Daniel_Stuckey writes "In a paper published in the Ecological Society of America's journal Ecosphere, researchers from York University and the University of Guelph in Canada explained that while plastic waste has previously been shown to have devastating impacts on the environment, less attention has been given to the resourcefulness of species in the face of their changing surroundings. "Plastic waste pervades the global landscape," they wrote. "Although adverse impacts on both species and ecosystems have been documented, there are few observations of behavioral flexibility and adaptation in species, especially insects, to increasingly plastic-rich environments.""

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Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (5, Funny)

elysiuan (762931) | about 10 months ago | (#46053929)

"If it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

Plastic asshole.”

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46053961)

I want a plastic asshole, it stop the burning when I eat spicy foods!

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (2, Insightful)

davester666 (731373) | about 10 months ago | (#46054055)

Tell the guy behind you to wear a condom next time.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054065)

I don't know what your ass -or for that matter, the ass of most people spreading this FUD- is made of. But I can tell you, I eat spicy on a daily basis. And my ass works just fine. No soreness, no aches, nothing unpleasant.

When my (foreign-born) wife eats by mistake poisoned^Wspicy food, her mouth hurts like hell for some minutes. But she also never complained about her ass.

- Just a random Mexican.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054097)

Maybe there are other factors, other things you eat, gut bacteria, how long before it comes out the other end. Do you really think people are making this up in order to discourage people eating spicy food (and punish Mexicans or something?).

She complains about her ass when I do her. Maybe one of us is doing it wrong or something.

Re: Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054471)

So stop putting spices on your penis, I'll bet her complaints will cease then.

Re: Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054739)

I'm sure she would, but why am I supposed to care?

Re: Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (2, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 10 months ago | (#46055123)

So stop putting spices on your penis,

Except when you're cumin.

Re: Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46055867)

So stop putting spices on your penis,

Except when you're cumin.

I don't allow cumin on my rack.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054579)

This is /.
I do not think "her" means a female of the opposite sex.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054953)

A female of the same sex then, where's the link to the webcam?

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054633)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemorrhoid

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (4, Insightful)

Truth_Quark (219407) | about 10 months ago | (#46053979)

The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth.

The same can't be said of seabirds and turtles.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054047)

The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth.

The same can't be said of seabirds and turtles.

Seabirds and turtles came out of the earth, surely?

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054123)

Earth came out of turtles.

Re: Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46057045)

We has a desert tortoise for a pet when I was a kid. Look out for when it sticks out it's "tail" and starts wagging it. Pew!

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (1)

DrPBacon (3044515) | about 10 months ago | (#46054125)

Nope, they came out of the ocean.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46055117)

They came out of their penises, at least the male ones did, the male ones with penises that is.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46060841)

The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth.

The same can't be said of seabirds and turtles.

The earth doesn't share our endearment for cute fluffy animals either, nor does it care about life.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (1)

thoughtlover (83833) | about 10 months ago | (#46063077)

The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth.

The same can't be said of seabirds and turtles.

Indeed. Chris Jordan's Midway Atoll [chrisjordan.com] filmshoot made me rethink using disposable plastic *anything*, especially bright colors: On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (1)

Ralph Ostrander (2846785) | about 10 months ago | (#46064511)

We dont know that shores of entire plastic that look just like sand are not more favorable than the the stuck in the odd six pack or eaten plastic bag unfavorable. Just something to consider.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054199)

"If it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

Plastic asshole.”

George Carlin

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (5, Funny)

subreality (157447) | about 10 months ago | (#46054361)

Plastic asshole.

I never expected a missing comma to redefine the meaning of life so vividly.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | about 10 months ago | (#46055121)

So when do we see the first bees nest comprised entirely of plastic anus?

A New Paradigm: Earth +Plastic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054407)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBRquiS1pis

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (3, Interesting)

Rothron the Wise (171030) | about 10 months ago | (#46054523)

It's probably only a question of time before plastic IS biodegradeable. Nylon used to be non-biodegradeable too, then this [wikipedia.org] happened.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (1)

Megane (129182) | about 10 months ago | (#46054527)

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054575)

Computers. There was a great future in computers. Think about it. Will you think about it?

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#46054599)

You missed out the rather telling first lines:

"We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas. The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, ’cause that’s what it does."

I dare say that the kind of "save Gaia" environmentalism that he'd been taking the piss out of has rather had its day now, though.

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (1)

Evtim (1022085) | about 10 months ago | (#46054641)

Ben, I have one word for you, just one word - plastics! [I always hear Sid's voice in my head in such cases]

Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (1)

way2trivial (601132) | about 10 months ago | (#46059231)

Evidence of my age.

I always hear Sam Wainright

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

Not good news (3, Informative)

mrbluze (1034940) | about 10 months ago | (#46053965)

The plastic microparticles will inevitably appear in our honey. The filtration currently performed on honey is mainly for visual appearance,

It's not only the "microparticles" (5, Interesting)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 10 months ago | (#46054009)

The plastic microparticles will inevitably appear in our honey.

In order to make plastic "Plastic" many types of chemicals were used. Some of the chemicals make the plastic "elastic", while some others make them tough, or heat resistant, or whatever characteristics the end-product form of plastic is supposed to be.

Some of those chemicals, when enter our bodies, can mimic the effect of Estrogen ( http://www.fastcompany.com/173... [fastcompany.com] ) and mess up our body's hormonal balances.

Those insects might be resourceful, but the same estrogen mimicking chemical could also mess up the bee's biology too.

Re:It's not only the "microparticles" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054611)

This is what I was thinking, All these Pamela Anderson bees trying to fly around with all the extra weight.

Re:It's not only the "microparticles" (0)

JustOK (667959) | about 10 months ago | (#46055137)

She's hardly a Bee actress.

Re:It's not only the "microparticles" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46055881)

Maybe this is related to the colony collapse disorder?

Re:It's not only the "microparticles" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46055951)

You are assuming the bees have human hormones.

Re:It's not only the "microparticles" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46061041)

You are assuming that introducing hormones from another species poses no potential health risks.

Re:It's not only the "microparticles" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46065037)

We were assuming you had a sense of humour.

Re:It's not only the "microparticles" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46058823)

I believe studies would need to be done to be able to state that bisphenol-A affects bees, or is transferred unmodified through bees into honey. Just guessing that it might mess up bee's biology isn't meaningful.

Re:Not good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054051)

I, for one, welcome our new plastic overlords, honey.

Re:Not good news (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054151)

I doubt much of our honey comes from bees in the wild and bee farmers have no reason to starting using plastic nests

Re:Not good news (2)

mrbluze (1034940) | about 10 months ago | (#46054481)

I doubt much of our honey comes from bees in the wild and bee farmers have no reason to starting using plastic nests

The bees don't ask the farmers where to find their building materials, unless the farmed bees are in an area devoid of plastic for several miles around the hive, there is nothing to say the bees won't harvest rotting plastic bags or building materials that might be lying around in the brush. Read the article!

Re:Not good news (1)

jafac (1449) | about 10 months ago | (#46059333)

On the contrary. Many farms are using plastic widely. From storage containers, to plastic sheeting used to trap moisture, to roofing on large greenhouses to protect plants from frost and wind.

I don't recall seeing these practices much in the midwest, but in the west (particularly along the California coast) - you can see miles and miles of fields covered in this plastic sheeting. I assume it's in use elsewhere.

Re:Not good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46060691)

The bees don't ask the farmers where to find their building materials, unless the farmed bees are in an area devoid of plastic for several miles around the hive, there is nothing to say the bees won't harvest rotting plastic bags or building materials that might be lying around in the brush. Read the article!

I read the article and I saw the pictures. I've also help raise bees and so I can confidently say, "You have no idea what you are talking about." Honey bees build from wax. Not from found objects. These are not honey bees. So, no honey bees will not replace leaves with plastic, because they don't use leaves, you smartass.

Re:Not good news (2)

codeButcher (223668) | about 10 months ago | (#46054503)

I doubt much of our honey comes from bees in the wild and bee farmers have no reason to starting using plastic nests

Reasons: easier to mass produce, cheaper, lighter? The de facto standard Langstroth hive [wikipedia.org] (allegedly) was made to reuse the then-ubiquitous wooden crates for fuel tins, so it is not always suited to the dimensions/habits of all sub-species of bees. Even so, polystyrene [wikipedia.org] is sometimes used in its construction. I have seen a design using Corrrex (corrugated plastic board) adapted to the bee species (and wallets) in Africa, unfortunately can't find a link. Other plastic designs and components:

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beehaus
  • http://www.fragile-planet.co.uk/correx-white-plastic-nucleus-box.html
  • http://www.africanhoneybee.co.za/innovations/afri-frame.html

Re:Not good news (1)

codeButcher (223668) | about 10 months ago | (#46054763)

I have seen a design using Corrrex (corrugated plastic board) adapted to the bee species (and wallets) in Africa, unfortunately can't find a link.

It's called the Jackson Horizontal Hive (JHH) [beeware.co.za] , which you may google.

Other plastic designs and components:

one more: http://www.accelerate.co.za/ag... [accelerate.co.za]

Re:Not good news (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 10 months ago | (#46054659)

I doubt much of our honey comes from bees in the wild and bee farmers have no reason to starting using plastic nests

Unless you are a designer hipster. Which might explain pajama boy ...

Re: Not good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46057397)

Pajama boy knows that honey comes from bear shaped plastic bottles. From, you know, the Amazon delivery drone.

Re:Not good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054221)

Would plastic candy canes lead to bees making red honey? Something does.
How about atmospheric algae that grows only when the solar wind adds iron or other trace elements? Something makes it rare.

http://www.heraldextra.com/new... [heraldextra.com]

http://www.kln.ac.lk/index.php... [kln.ac.lk]

Re:Not good news (2)

Megane (129182) | about 10 months ago | (#46054537)

Except that these are nesting bees, not honeybees.

Not Just Bees (4, Informative)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#46053967)

The bees aren't alone, I've seen plastic, ribbons, string, mylar, and cigarette butts incorporated into bird nests. Crows in fact seem to deliberately incorporate cigarette butts into their nests to exterminate pests.

Re:Not Just Bees (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054017)

Boy will they be disapointed with ecigs then.

Re:Not Just Bees (1)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about 10 months ago | (#46054061)

How will the crows survive after marijuana's legalized?

Re:Not Just Bees (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054085)

Marijuana will be legalized?! Yet another lie from Obama the liar.

Re:Not Just Bees (4, Funny)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about 10 months ago | (#46054101)

If you like your dope dealer, you can keep him.

Re:Not Just Bees (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054121)

Can I buy munchies with my food stamps?

Re:Not Just Bees (0)

sudon't (580652) | about 10 months ago | (#46055885)

If you like your dope dealer, you can keep him.

That does seem to be the case in this instance. They've piled on enough tax to keep the black market viable.

Re: Not Just Bees (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054189)

Didn't he mention in his campaign that he would not legalize it? If he did now I would see that as back pedaling, which is apparently a weakness.
This is the mind of an average voter.

Re: Not Just Bees (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054197)

Voter..........is that an extinct species of lemming?

Re: Not Just Bees (0)

JustOK (667959) | about 10 months ago | (#46055153)

He was probably high when he said it.

Re:Not Just Bees (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about 10 months ago | (#46054213)

"How will the crows survive after marijuana's legalized?"

Very happy and hungry ?

Re:Not Just Bees (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054245)

"How will the crows survive after marijuana's legalized?"

Very happy and hungry ?

... while doing the moonwalk, sideway ...

Re:Not Just Bees (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46055147)

murder

Re:Not Just Bees (5, Informative)

Stormy Dragon (800799) | about 10 months ago | (#46054037)

The cigarette butts at least appears to be because the nicotine repels parasitic mites:

http://www.nature.com/news/cit... [nature.com]

Re:Not Just Bees (1)

Vrallis (33290) | about 10 months ago | (#46054133)

Yeah, my immediate thought was on birds, not insects, but it makes sense for them as well. I see birds picking up all sorts of random trash all the time, and regularly see nests with manmade items in them.

Re:Not Just Bees (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 10 months ago | (#46055165)

A crow stole my washing machine once, and, I think, a toaster oven.

George Carlin (0)

lennier1 (264730) | about 10 months ago | (#46053999)

Anyone else reminded of this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

Re:George Carlin (-1, Redundant)

rjreb (30733) | about 10 months ago | (#46054155)

The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, ’cause that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

Plastic asshole.”

  George Carlin

Re:George Carlin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054183)

Dupe asshole.

so, it has come to this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054041)

People need to be told that Guelph is in Canada.

Bees of Wal-Mart (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | about 10 months ago | (#46054165)

Bees love decorating their house with plastic garbage too? How long before we get a site dedicated to white-trash bees [beesofwalmart.com]

Colony collapse (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054241)

I wonder whether all the chemicals in various plastics could be responsible for colony collapse in bees. What happens if they're making their homes out of materials that are toxic to them?

Re:Colony collapse (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#46054559)

Interesting, but the "colonies" in question are human-raised bee hives; if incorporation of plastic into the hives was an important factor, it would have become obvious to the farmers, and later to investigators studying the hives for potential pathogens.

Lame (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 10 months ago | (#46054505)

The Wombles [wikipedia.org] have been doing this for years.

next campaign (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about 10 months ago | (#46054529)

help the bees, drop that plastic bag!

Opportunism (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#46054569)

One of the axioms of ecosystem change is that it favours opportunistic species over slowly-adapting ones. Most opportunistic species are known as pests because their opportunism is incompatible with our preference for controlled environments (weeds finding niches in gardens, rats finding niches in buildings) but it'd be interesting to speculate about opportunists we actually like.

Re:Opportunism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46054589)

Well that certainly explains the presence of humans on every continent. Homo sap is the ultimate opportunistic pest.

Re:Opportunism (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 10 months ago | (#46055179)

But they can be so cute when you give them some human nip.

Adapt ????? (1)

FaytLeingod (964131) | about 10 months ago | (#46055017)

"The study even suggested that those species that adapt to increasingly plastic environments might have an advantage in urban areas over those that don’t "

Roaches, Rats, Pigeons... They only realized that now??

Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46055817)

Google didn't need to spend 3.2 bil on nest, they just needed a bunch of bees and trash!

Related maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46055869)

"Bees Are Building Nests With Our Waste Plastic"
And aren't bees also 'mysteriously' dying in large numbers? Considering they build their hives and honey by pretty much vomiting it all over the place after they've digested it a bit, perhaps they're being poisoned by certain compounds or chemical concentrations in plastic.

This could be good news (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 10 months ago | (#46056059)

The fundamental fact about plastic is that it is, well, plastic. Suppose we research the optimum shapes and sizes for bee-friendly plastic bits, and then intentionally set these out for their use? Bonus points for making it biodegradable over time or under specific environmental conditions, such as cold winter weather.

Terrific adaptation all over the planet! (1)

no-body (127863) | about 10 months ago | (#46056317)

I have observed great adaptation as well: Turtle doves (streptopelia turtur) feeding nutritious tiny styrofoam pieces to their young.

What a nightmare! (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | about 10 months ago | (#46057371)

Bees evolve to use plastic.
The evolved bees choke out the other bees.
Man devises a plastic substitute.
The evolved bees die.
Food doesn't get pollinated.
Mass starvation.
What a tragedy.

Re:What a nightmare! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46062837)

I think in the face of mass starvation, we would just throw away some plastic for the beees.
Or with our now advanced future tech, give the plastic to the bees in an easy to use form.

Another study (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46058257)

Another study financed by the Krotch Bros.

colony collapse ? (1)

Martin S. (98249) | about 10 months ago | (#46058407)

Given the know dangers of Bisphenol A [wikipedia.org] in plastic. I wonder if this has any connection with Colony collapse disorder [wikipedia.org]

Not So Quick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46058929)

Wouldn't it be supremely ironic if a paper touting the "benefits" of plastic by showing bees using plastic for their nests turned out to be the critical link in discovering the primary cause of CCD?

Enviro-morons barking at shadows (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46059539)

As an engineer who believes in responsible use of plastics, I drink from disposable PET plastic water bottles all the time, I eat my food stored in plastic containers, I often eat my food on a plastic coated paper plate. The only thing I do not do is cook with plastic or re-heat food in plastic containers. I want all of the enviro-morons to be forced into concentration camps and live for a year without plastic of any kind. Most of them would die from infection, disease, food poisoning, chemical burns, and a myriad of other ways that plastic makes our lives better in food storage, safety, medical care etc. We can take their kids away and teach them about reality for a year; they shouldn't have to suffer from the stupidity of their parents.

As a side note, the planet is not covered in plastic waste; plastic is highly recycled, and nearly all plastic breaks down in UV light (i.e. sunlight) over less than a year. Plastic does last a lot longer when it is buried, but lets face reality. We are taking oil, a toxic substance that occurs NATURALLY ALL OVER THE PLANET and we are capturing it in an inert form and burying it, capturing it for centuries in a form that frankly no one gives a shit about (plastic is pretty much safe in all of it's consumer forms, especially when buried). The people who freak out about the trace chemicals from plastic lack even a basic understanding of chemical behavior or the fact that we are exposed to a million toxins every day, and it is all about the concentration of the exposure and the strength of the toxin together. The same rules of exposure work for every form of life on the planet with varying toxicity for different forms of life.

As far as the colony collapse disorder, that has been pretty well nailed down as synergistic interaction between a fungus and a parasite that together are fatal for colonies. If bee keepers would stop bringing all of their colonies together for mega-orchards and transmitting the diseases between colonies, the epidemic would subside. They are also working to treat the causes. Interestingly, Africanized bees are immune to the maladies, so the world will not end, but rather you will not want to screw with bees if the Africanized strain takes over.

Bees seem to be smarter than some animals (1)

pouar (2629833) | about 10 months ago | (#46062357)

Bees seem to be smarter than some animals. Especially the ones stupid enough to feed plastic to their offspring. Let's let natural selection take its course.

So much for beeswax candles? (1)

fygment (444210) | about 10 months ago | (#46066987)

Unless you like the smell of burning polyurethane ...

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