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Cell Phones are Killing Bees

The next time you have a pesky swarm of bees in your back yard, don’t call the exterminator. According to a recent study, apparently all you have to do is pull out your iPhone.
The calls act as an instinctive warning to leave the hive, but the frequency confuses the bees, causing them to fly erratically. The study found that the bees’ buzzing noise increases ten times when a cell phone is ringing or making a call – aka when signals are being transmitted, but remained normal when not in use.


Yes, also the comments on the linked article tear this piece of scaremongering from the Daily Mail to pieces.

(Sounded somewhat plausible I must admit.)
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After reading the link posted above by Rebecca Watson I can recommend EVERYBODY to read it. Neatoramo should have posted that one instead. Much more interesting.
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It's not cellphones, it's a combination of parasites and fungus that has been found in every colony with CCD. Can you get this scaremongering crap off neatorama? or maybe we can change the name to foxnewsorama? WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT...PILLOWS THAT CAN KILL YOU! TONIGHT AT 10!
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Sun goes up, sun goes down. Tide comes in, tide goes out. Texting kills bees, phone calls kill bees. You can't explain it. Never a question.
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You read the DailyMail article and get the impression that the jury is out on this; "It's official". You read the skepchick article and get the impression that this is bad science done to prove an assumption with all kinds of methodological problems. You read the actual paper without any expectations and you see that this was a "preliminary" study on the possibility of a link between cell-phone radiation and transcranial stimulation of the bee brain, which is plausible.

The research does seem to show a link between high SAR values and "worker piping" in Bees. Where Skepchick says that the research is flawed because "the author put cell phones on top of an actual hive." The paper itself says: "the conditions employed in the
present experiments have biological significance,
since the sum of the SAR values from the two
mobile phone handsets were always below the 2-
W/kg maximal value recommended for this frequency
(I.C.N.I.R.P 1998)." and recommends "For future experiments, in complement
to the present original study and in order to reach
more “natural” conditions, mobile phone apparatuses
should be placed at various increasing
distances away from the hives."

The experiment is non-conclusive, except that radiation from our cell-phones affects Bee behavior, that much is concluded. Whereas Skepchick's last word is: "Bees are in trouble, but there is nothing here to indicate that your cell phone is the culprit."

Some of us start with what we want to see, and end up there too. I strongly advise getting the news from the horse's mouth.
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Sadly it appears CCD is no mystery. And no its not the cellphones.
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catskill is absolutely correct. the fast co. article about pesticide is very real news—meanwhile, neatorama posts a cell phone/bee death story from daily mail. come on, neatorama.
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