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ICYMI: August 18 – August 24 on the Skepchick Network

Teen Skepchick The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism A smaller skeptics movement sans misogynists is OK with Lux. Suspension of Disbelief: The World’s End Eddy reviews the last installment of Simon Pegg’s …

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Science

It’s hard out there for a bee

I’ve written various laments about  CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) in honey bees here over the last few years.  One key problem is that CCD as described by entomologists is not …

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Science

Bumblebees in Spring

It is finally starting to reliably warm up in spring, although we still have a few cold evenings. Bumblebees are one of the first pollinators out in the spring, and the fuzzy …

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Are Neonicotinoid Pesticides Killing Bees?

This was a big week for bee news!  New research on bees and pesticides was published, and a major white paper from the Xerces Society on the same topic was …

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ScienceSkepticism

The Urban Beehive is an urban legend

I started getting questions about this “urban beehive” early in November.  I thought it was fairly obvious that it was a gimmick–a PR op by a company that wanted to get …

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ScienceSkepticism

Bees, CCD, and Cellphones: Still no Link

Once again, the media is going bonkers over a bee paper, and making claims way out of proportion to any actual results.  OMG RADIATIONS IN MAI BEEZ!!!

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Bees, Cell phones, and BS

The interwebs are all abuzz (ha!) with a new report that cellphones might be responsible for the losses in honeybee populations. Specifically, the news stories reference this paper: Ved Parkash …

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