Honeybees reveal that evolution is stranger than you ever realized

Darwin's idea of natural selection is simple. Good mutations are passed on, because the animals who have them will survive to reproduce. But how do you pass on those good mutations in honeybee colonies, where most bees are sterile workers who never have babies? A group of researchers decided to find out. » 3/06/14 1:47pm 3/06/14 1:47pm

New project aims to upload a honey bee's brain into a flying insectobot…

Every once in a while, there's news which reminds us that we're living in the age of accelerating change. This is one of those times: A new project has been announced in which scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are hoping to create the first accurate computer simulation of a honey bee brain — and… » 10/02/12 12:00pm 10/02/12 12:00pm

Giving an old bee a youngster's job causes brain rejuvenation

Researchers at Arizona State University have successfully reversed brain aging in honeybees, by giving them responsibilities that are typically handled by much younger members of the hive. The change in occupation appeared to trigger a series of youth-restoring chemical processes in the bees' brain —processes that… » 7/05/12 2:43pm 7/05/12 2:43pm

Honey bee apocalypse may not be caused by evil corporations after all

We've suspected for quite some time now that cutting-edge insecticides were responsible for the catastrophic hive crashes that are inflicting honey bee populations. But recent evidence suggests that this may not be the case — instead, Colony Collapse Disorder is the result of a highly contagious virus that's being… » 6/08/12 11:06am 6/08/12 11:06am