May 06, 2007

Debunked: Cell phone effect and Einstein quote re disappearing bees

Seth Borenstein clears the air of bad buzz on cell phones and imaginary Einstein quote.
(For some basic info on bees, here is a bit more than most will want to know, but I found it interesting since I once had a bee colony in the walls of my home.)

AP - Associated Press May 4, 2007 update

. . . [there were] erroneous reports blaming cell phones for the honeybee die-off, which scientists are calling Colony Collapse Disorder.
. . .
The scientist who wrote the paper, Stefan Kimmel, e-mailed The Associated Press to say that there is "no link between our tiny little study and the CCD-phenomenon ... anything else said or written is a lie."

. . .
[ Re the Einstein quote ]
First, Einstein probably never said it, according to Alice Calaprice, author of "The Quotable Einstein" and five other
books on the physicist. . . .

Jeff Pettis, at U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, points out he can't get a cell phone signal in the remote areas where hives are generally held, and he points out that some food is wind-pollinated, so there'd be food left.

BUT, just TWO days earlier, Seth Borenstein's AP story of May 2
started off with this:

"Unless someone or something stops it soon,
the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet."
Here's a radio discussion, by several university researchers, of the vanishing bees dilemma.

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Blogger pixie said...

I think it is interesting when the bees are well cared for there tends to be less of a loss. Another problem that just I have been going over in my mind is that beekeepers too are disappearing. Less and less people are interesting in raising bees. It is a lot of work. This problem will not have an easy answer. I hope it does have an answer though.


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