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Two studies show that eating a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates is linked to a longer, healthier life, and...
Considered an icon of conservation science, researchers at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.,...
The new atlas, which shows the distribution of important trace metals and other substances, is the first product of...
Early in April, the first of a fleet of environmental monitoring satellites will lift off from Europe's spaceport in...
Since 2000, U.S. government health research agencies have spent almost $1 billion on an effort to churn out thousands...
Magdalena Koziol, a former postdoc at Yale University, was the victim of scientific sabotage. Now, she is suing the...
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Plastic Fantastic: Bees Incorporate Waste in Hives
13 February 2014 11:00 am
Wild bees are much more resourceful than we thought; they're taking advantage of plastic waste in the environment. Researchers have discovered that two species of leafcutter bees, Megachile campanulae and Megachile rotundata, are using minute pieces of plastic bags and building materials to construct their nests, the Toronto Star reports. It's unclear why the bees are turning to plastic, but scientists hypothesize that they may simply be using the closest suitable materials to spend less time away from their nests.
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