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Environment Science

Blood-sucker or fat feeder? The fascinating biology of a small honeybee parasite with big implications for humanity.

New research by entomologist Samuel Ramsey suggests that for five decades, we may have fundamentally misunderstood one of the greatest threats to honeybees: the Varroa destructor. This menacing name belongs to a species of parasitic mite which lives exclusively in honeybee colonies, attacking both adult bees and their young. The mites have been likened to […]

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Fringe Theatre

Me and My Bee

Following their fantastic run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year with Goggles, ThisEgg are back and even better than before. Representing the recently formed Bee Party, Josie, Greta and Joe are in Edinburgh on a mission: they are here to save the bees. “A political party, disguised as a party party, disguised as a […]

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Environment Science

Bees can be trained to play football, despite their tiny brains

People who say that footballers aren’t intelligent have just been provided with a winning argument: a new study has shown that bees can be taught to play football. The experiments, carried out by Clint Perry and Olli Loukola of Queen Mary University of London, showed that bees can be trained to roll a ball into […]