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Scientists glue sensors to 5,000 bees in a bid to better understand them

Anonymous Coward writes | about 6 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the University of Tasmania working with CSIRO have decided to go use the latest sensor technology to help them better understand the behavior of thousands of bees.

An RFID sensor measuring 2.5mm2 has been attached with glue to the back of around 5,000 honey bees in Hobart, Tasmania. In order for that to work, shaving the area of the bee where the sensor would sit was necessary in some cases. Thankfully the bee was asleep during the process, and the sensor is small and light enough that they likely won’t notice it is there.

With the sensors attached, checkpoints can be setup around the area where the bees travel and pollinate in order to create a three-dimensional map of their movements."

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