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article imageAre mobile phones wiping out our bees?

By RobotGod     Apr 15, 2007 in Technology
Scientists claim radiation from handsets are to blame for mysterious 'colony collapse' of bees
It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.
They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well.
Their thinking is that radioation from mobile phones and towers are interfering with the bee's navigation systems. They are not able to find their way back to the hive, hence the mysterious vanishing act, when beekeepers open their boxes to find it completely empty.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when a hive's inhabitants suddenly disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature workers, like so many apian Mary Celestes. The vanished bees are never found, but thought to die singly far from home. The parasites, wildlife and other bees that normally raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony dies, refuse to go anywhere near the abandoned hives.
It is also thought that honey left behind is toxic, as honey moths and beetles that normally eat it, will no longer touch the stuff. This is happening in more countries now as well. Most of the world's crops depend on the bees pollination process.
Basically there is no proof that it is cellphone, and I kinda doubt that they are to blame in this case.
It would not explain the other aspect of this phenomenon: Beekeepers finding a hive FULL of dead bees, some dried up as if they had died weeks ago, while others appear to have died recently.
A more likely culprit is pesticides, which have modified their genetic structure somehow or affected their memory.
There is currently a group of scientists that have some frozen and healthy bees from the 90's. The plan is to compare todays dead bee with the healthy one, using laser technology to compare the dna and see is anything is missing or modified.
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