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Oslo Is Abuzz at Being the First City with an Exclusive “Bee Highway”

By creating special pollination stations across the city, residents hope to boost their sagging local bee population.

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Bees have it rough. We shoo them away from our picnics, vilify them in our horror movies, and shudder at the prospect that they may someday inspect our luggage. To make matters worse, nature’s perfect pollinators are in the midst of a massive population collapse, on which scientists have plenty of theories (but little else) to explain why bees are (*ahem*) dropping like flies.

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Drug “Sniffing” Bees Could Make Airport Security Dogs Obsolete

Trained honeybees may become the new face of law enforcement, as drug policy evolves beyond what canines can handle.

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Scientists are abuzz with excitement after new research suggests dogs may not necessarily be the most effective animal drug detectors when it comes to sniffing out illicit hidden contraband. Dogs, it turns out, have a hard time adjusting to the shifting sands of drug legislation, in which things things like marijuana can suddenly become legal some places, while remaining illegal in others. The training involved in creating an effective drug-sniffing dog is time-intensive, expensive, and hard to un-learn, should the pooch need to pivot in response to evolving drug legislation. What’s more, as drug dogs operate in an inherently binary system with their human partners, there’s a risk for false-positive detection as the dog could be more influenced by its handler’s expectations than olfactory input.

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Feast Your Eyes on This Incredible Documentary About Bees Great Documentary, Colony, Explores the Crisis of Bees Through People

Colony explores the plight of bees through one family and a cast of beekeepers. Watch the trailer.

Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell's feature documentary Colony explores the crisis of bees through people, whose struggles come to serve as a metaphor for those of bees. The story centers on the Seppis, a religious family in California struggling to keep its hives in a collapsing economy, and also explores the various attempts by veteran beekeepers to solve the scientific mystery of colony collapse disorder. It's a gripping family drama in more than one way.

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