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Robot Bees Invented to Provide Pollination as Honeybees Disappear
Cybercast News Service ^ | August 5, 2014 - 11:11 AM | Kelly Lawyer

Posted on 08/05/2014 1:43:03 PM PDT by Olog-hai

With honeybees on the decline because of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and Varroa mites, a virus-transmitting parasite, Harvard engineering and applied sciences professor, Robert Wood invented Robobees, bee-size robots “inspired by the biology of a bee and the insect’s hive behavior.” […]

Despite the hype surrounding these amazing robobees, before farmers go out and try to buy them, they should note that researchers anticipate robobees won’t be functional for at least another 20 years. …

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Business/Economy; Food; Science
KEYWORDS: colonycollapse; minidrones; pollination; robobee
I doubt that the government would pass up this opportunity to develop mini-drones, this time literally based on drones (the male bee).
1 posted on 08/05/2014 1:43:03 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I think they’re talked about something similar before...maybe in regard to.....doing recon in caves in Afghanistan.


2 posted on 08/05/2014 1:45:20 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Olog-hai

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120627005141/en/ReconRobotics-Awarded-13.9-Million-Contract-U.S.-Army#.U-FC07lARh


3 posted on 08/05/2014 1:47:50 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Olog-hai

good idea but what about the frogs?


4 posted on 08/05/2014 1:49:13 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Olog-hai

We could sure use some down on the border.

5 posted on 08/05/2014 1:50:07 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Olog-hai

[ I doubt that the government would pass up this opportunity to develop mini-drones, this time literally based on drones (the male bee). ]

Robot Bee Prime Directives:

1. Uphold the Polination Policy
2. Proect the Honey Hive
3. Do Not sting the Innocent

...

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4. Spy for the Adminstration...


6 posted on 08/05/2014 1:50:31 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Olog-hai

ROBOBEES


7 posted on 08/05/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: GraceG

Ironically in this regard, drones do not have stings. Workers (sterile females) and the queen bee have them.


8 posted on 08/05/2014 1:54:59 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Jeff Chandler

Revelation 9:10

And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.


9 posted on 08/05/2014 1:55:25 PM PDT by wolfman
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To: Olog-hai

There area about 100 other species of insects that also do pollination in addition to bees.


10 posted on 08/05/2014 1:56:28 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Olog-hai

Now this sounds like something right out of the Hunger Games.

What could go wrong?


11 posted on 08/05/2014 1:58:49 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Olog-hai
"Colony collapse disorder" was another hoax crisis created by the Left:

Science Collapse Disorder -- The Real Story Behind Neonics And Mass Bee Deaths
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2013/04/11/science-collapse-disorder-the-real-story-behind-neonics-and-mass-bee-deaths/

12 posted on 08/05/2014 1:59:12 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: PGR88

Also, many species of birds and bats engage in pollination. Wild bananas in particular need fruit bats for that purpose.


13 posted on 08/05/2014 1:59:31 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Has anyone considered that both invasive bee species and GM flowering plants may have something to do with what is hurting bees?


14 posted on 08/05/2014 2:00:11 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: wolfman

ARBEEGEDON


15 posted on 08/05/2014 2:00:46 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Olog-hai

There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families, though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. About 4,000 species in the United States.

Of these, the only bee used extensively for both honey and pollenization is the European honey bee. Because it is vulnerable to parasites and diseases, an effort was made to cross breed it with the hardier African honey bee, which were introduced in Brazil, escaped, and now are known as “killer bees”.

Interestingly, killer bees *are* healthier and stronger, and their honey is quite delicious, if rare, so the research was going in the right direction. It is believed that with further cross breeding, they can be made less aggressive.


16 posted on 08/05/2014 2:01:29 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: wolfman

The Four Horseflies of the Apocalypse.


17 posted on 08/05/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
killer bees . . . can be made less aggressive.

With Beespar?

18 posted on 08/05/2014 2:04:35 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: PGR88

Plus there’s the fact that our food supply is heavily weighted toward grans which are pollinated by wind.


19 posted on 08/05/2014 2:06:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

On a roll, aren’t ya’!


20 posted on 08/05/2014 2:21:56 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: Olog-hai

Robot bees produced in some government lab? This sounds like the first scene in a horror or “End of the World” type movie.


21 posted on 08/05/2014 2:26:10 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: CrazyIvan

A bee-roll.


22 posted on 08/05/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You took the words right out of my fingers.


23 posted on 08/05/2014 2:55:38 PM PDT by Minsc
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To: Olog-hai

I, for one, welcome our new robot bee overlords.


24 posted on 08/05/2014 5:06:27 PM PDT by clbiel (Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being decapitated)
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To: clbiel; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ...
Nano Black Helicopters

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

25 posted on 08/05/2014 7:22:29 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

doing the job American bees won’t?


26 posted on 08/05/2014 7:54:24 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Olog-hai

No, conservative voter, that wasn’t a drone spying on you, that was merely a bee. Please, move along.


27 posted on 08/05/2014 9:13:08 PM PDT by bgill
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To: null and void

Honeybees disappearing?

I find that hard to believe where I am - bees swarm around my purple Mexican sage so much that the entire plant vibrates. I had to move my car to another location b/c I am allergic to bee stings and there are so many of them buzzing around.

When the three eucalyptus in my front yard bloom in the fall, the buzzing from bees is so loud around the trees that I can hear it inside with the doors shut.

Not sure eucalyptus makes such great honey...

Always wondered where their hives are and shouldn’t I get a cut of the honey for providing the pollen from my eucalyptus, citrus trees and sage bushes??


28 posted on 08/06/2014 4:47:45 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Given enough coffee...I could rule the world!!)
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