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[CNET] Are mobile phones causing the decline in bee numbers?

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A recent scientific study suggests that bees are significantly disturbed when mobile phones are used in close proximity to the furry critters. The study may shed light on why the bee population is in decline globally.

As bees can communicate through sound, the experiment at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology observed any changes to the noises the insects made when active mobile phones were placed in their hive. The results were quite worrying.

The bees made certain noises associated with a distressed colony as soon as the mobile phones were engaged. Twelve hours later, they still exhibited signs of disturbance. The implication is that sustained exposure to the electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phones can eventually cause bee colonies to break up and die.
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Worst place to lose your phone..
    
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Wasn't this established years ago? I've definitely heard it before.
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I am a beekeeper personally and have done it for many years! I think this is interesting!

The other thing that has hurt them bad is the Varroa mite, GMO crops, and the EPA just released here in the states that they allowed a pesticide that would kill them on contact.

Thanks!
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Only if I can use my phone to magically kill mosquitos
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The End is Nigh!
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Originally Posted by Hawk777th View Post
I am a beekeeper personally and have done it for many years! I think this is interesting!

The other thing that has hurt them bad is the Varroa mite, GMO crops, and the EPA just released here in the states that they allowed a pesticide that would kill them on contact.

Thanks!
Nice dude. I'd die because I'd break out in an allergic reaction to the stings lol.
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Really not good if true.
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post #9 of 44
We can just replace them with robo bees. Only thing that will bee missed is their delicious honey vomit
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This is interesting. Sad thing is, if this is the cause, we'll just have to learn to live without them(bees). No way people are going to give up cell phones to "just save some bees". Not knowing what the implications of a bee shortage or extinction really are. Even more sad is even if they did know how bad it would be, they still probably wouldn't give up their phone.
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