Bees

It turns out caffeine helps bees get work done, too

It turns out caffeine helps bees get work done, too

Many people around the world turn to caffeinated beverages to get a boost of energy in the morning or to help them focus on a difficult task. According to a new study from the University of Greenwich, caffeine offers similar benefits for bees, at least when it comes to getting their work done. Such caffeine solutions may help bees better pollinate crops.

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Bees are teaching engineers optimal honeycomb design techniques

Bees are teaching engineers optimal honeycomb design techniques

Hexagonal structures are very strong and commonly used in building multiple products in a wide range of industries. For example, hexagonal structures are used to construct airplane wings, boats, cars, skis, packaging, and acoustic dampening materials, among other items. However, when building with structures of this type, challenges can arise when space constraints or repairs require builders to keep the structure mechanically strong while linking industrial honeycomb panels with cells of different sizes.

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Some honeybees use animal dung to ward off giant hornets

Some honeybees use animal dung to ward off giant hornets

A study from the University of Guelph is the first to discover that some honeybees use animal dung to fend off giant hornet attacks. Researchers found that honeybees in Vietnam collect and apply spots of animal dung around hive entrances to deter raids by the Asian hornet. The Asian hornet is the cousin of the so-called "murder Hornets" seen in parts of North America.

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