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• Monday, May 30th, 2011

Cell phones disrupt beesThe title is sarcastic.

New research has shown that when a cell phone is making or receiving a  call, it sends an emergency signal to the bees to evacuate the hive.

That’s why we have 50% fewer bees in the world since 1980, but I always like to see the positive in any situation ;)

Source: Inhabitat

Research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that the signal from cell phones not only confuses bees, but also may lead to their death. Over 83 experiments have yielded the same results. With virtually most of the population of the United States (and the rest of the world) owning cell phones, the impact has been greatly noticeable.

Led by researcher Daniel Favre, the alarming study found that bees reacted significantly to cell phones that were placed near or in hives in call-making mode. The bees sensed the signals transmitted when the phones rang, and emitted heavy buzzing noise during the calls.  The calls act as an instinctive warning to leave the hive, but the frequency confuses the bees, causing them to fly erratically. The study found that the bees’ buzzing noise increases ten times when a cell phone is ringing or making a call – aka when signals are being transmitted, but remained normal when not in use.

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