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Engineering Bees

With less Captain Crunch and more dandelion greens, we won’t need robotic bees. […]

Honeybee Class Warfare

It’s Labor Day, but I just can’t bear to reiterate the awful facts about economic inequality in the United States. I could tell you about the insights from the latest article from the Journal of Economic Inequality, but I would have to pay $44.95 for access to that article, and I just don’t have that […]

What’s Missing From These Photographs

Bees. Except for a small number of bumblebees, my garden, usually buzzing at this time of year, is devoid of pollinators. I use no pesticides.


One Bumblebee

Where I live in central Maine it’s been an unusual year. We’ve had a slow start due to cold, but even so I haven’t seen more than one bumblebee in my garden. Just one bumblebee, and no honeybees at all. In some nearby woods a hole twenty feet up a tree had held an active […]

High Fructose Corn Syrup Is More Than Just Sweet

As high fructose corn syrup gets warmer, it engages in a chemical reaction that produces hydroxymethylfurfural – a chemical that breaks down in the human body to form other toxic substances. Hydroxymethylfurfural itself has also been linked with damage to DNA in humans. […]

The Costs Of Keeping Bees

What are the expenses my son and I should realistically expect for starting up and maintaining a beehive? […]

Early Insects in Upstate New York

Honey bees swarm on my compost pile, on the broccoli flowers opening there – apparently some of the only flowers they could find. […]