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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bees Being Killed by Cell Phones?

Hopefully this isn’t true. So far it’s just the opinion of one person: Dr. Daniel Favre, a bee researcher.

Dr. Favre has conducted experiments placing a cell phone under a beehive, and monitoring how the bees act when the phone is off, in standby mode, and active. When the phone is transmitting a signal, the bees will let off an alert that’s usually used during swarming. The bees wouldn’t actually swarm, and when the phone is finished transmitting its signal, the bees’ behavior would return to normal.

These results aren’t conclusive, but Dr. Favre thinks it could mean that cell phone signals are causing bees to abandon their hives. Let’s hope this isn’t true.

If it comes down to this, what will the six billion members of Homo Sapiens choose — saving the world’s food supply or blubbering on our cell phones?

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

There's a boy, about 12 years old, who goes up and down my street at least two or three times a day. I've never seen him carrying school books or papers. I've rarely seen him without his cell phone at his ear.

I drove past a middle school nearby a few days ago shortly after school let out. A half-dozen kids were on one corner waiting for the light to change so they could cross the street. Four of them were talking on a cell phone.

To answer your question, it doesn't look good for the bees and the food supply. I also wonder about the long-term effect on developing brains.

May 15, 2011 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will stick with the Herbicide Theory.


May 16, 2011 at 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I remember when I could go from place to place and not be beholden to the cellphone. I would almost welcome life without it.

May 16, 2011 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Jeez, hasn't Favre retired yet?

May 16, 2011 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...

It's simple enough...we have to quit sticking our cell phones under bee hives...end of problem.

May 16, 2011 at 5:10 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: It seems to be the norm. It seems like half of the people (of any age) walking around are either holding their phone out in front of them, staring at it, or it's up against their ear. It doesn't look good for the bees, the food supply or future brain development.

Erik: I like that theory better too.

JR: I'd welcome it too.

Randal: That's his brother.

jadedj: Damn, why didn't I think of that?

May 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

That's an easy question Tom... humans will choose cell phones, because most humans could care less about what they do to the planet. This is a sad but true thing.

Bees, bats, frogs, tigers, rhinos, elephants, whatever. Mess up the bees' systems, so what. Kill the tiger for its testicles, so what. Kill elephants and rhinos for the ivory, so what. Witnessing the beauty in nature in our day and age is both inspiring and saddening at once.

May 18, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: You're probably right, unfortunately.

May 19, 2011 at 8:51 AM  

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