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ktsaurusr3x:

gardenawayideas:

Help save the honey bees! Please reblog and share :)

I’m very skeptical about this. Last I’ve heard, CCD is caused by a combination of factors, and to blindly point a finger at one source without references just ticks my bullshit meter. Anyone got science to back this up?

I checked out this page on the Ontario Beekeeper’s Association website, and found a couple of recent papers on the subject (though, granted, they are against the use of neonicotinoid, so it might be a one-sided story). The general consensus seems to be (bee?) that sublethal doses of neonicotinoids cause changes in behavior and physiology which leads to colony collapse - immune suppression to make them more susceptible to disease, negative change in foraging behavior, abandonment of poisoned hives, etc - so, yes, it seems that it is a combination of factors, which are aggravated by pesticide poisoning.
Richard J Gill, Nigel E. Raine. Chronic impairment of bumblebee natural foraging behavious induced by sublethal pesticide exposure. Functional Ecology, British Ecological Society July 7, 2014 
Chensheng Lu, Kenneth M. Warchol, Richard A. Callahan Sublethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder. Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health. Bulletin of Insectology 2014
Dave Goulson An overview of the environmental risks posed by neonicotinoid pesticides. Journal of Applied Ecology 2013
Jeroen P VanderSluijs, Noa Simon-Delso, Dave Goulson, Laura Maxim, Jean-MarcBonmatin, Luc P. Belzunes Neonicotinoids, bee disorders and the sustainability of pollinator services Current Opinion Environmental Sustainability 2013
Rosemary Mason, Henk Tennekes, Francisco Sanchez-Bayo Immune Suppression by Neonicotinoid Insecticides at the Root of Global Wildlife Declines. Journal of Environmental Immunology. 2013

I’ve seen a bunch of “save the bees” post floating around tumblr, but this is the first one anyone bothered to put sources on. Thank you. 
(However I’m not going to look at the sources now, but hopefully I will remember to do so later.)

biologizeable:

ktsaurusr3x:

gardenawayideas:

Help save the honey bees! Please reblog and share :)

I’m very skeptical about this. Last I’ve heard, CCD is caused by a combination of factors, and to blindly point a finger at one source without references just ticks my bullshit meter. Anyone got science to back this up?

I checked out this page on the Ontario Beekeeper’s Association website, and found a couple of recent papers on the subject (though, granted, they are against the use of neonicotinoid, so it might be a one-sided story). The general consensus seems to be (bee?) that sublethal doses of neonicotinoids cause changes in behavior and physiology which leads to colony collapse - immune suppression to make them more susceptible to disease, negative change in foraging behavior, abandonment of poisoned hives, etc - so, yes, it seems that it is a combination of factors, which are aggravated by pesticide poisoning.

Richard J Gill, Nigel E. Raine. Chronic impairment of bumblebee natural foraging behavious induced by sublethal pesticide exposure. Functional Ecology, British Ecological Society July 7, 2014 

Chensheng Lu, Kenneth M. Warchol, Richard A. Callahan Sublethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder. Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health. Bulletin of Insectology 2014

Dave Goulson An overview of the environmental risks posed by neonicotinoid pesticides. Journal of Applied Ecology 2013

Jeroen P VanderSluijs, Noa Simon-Delso, Dave Goulson, Laura Maxim, Jean-MarcBonmatin, Luc P. Belzunes Neonicotinoids, bee disorders and the sustainability of pollinator services Current Opinion Environmental Sustainability 2013

Rosemary Mason, Henk Tennekes, Francisco Sanchez-Bayo Immune Suppression by Neonicotinoid Insecticides at the Root of Global Wildlife Declines. Journal of Environmental Immunology. 2013

I’ve seen a bunch of “save the bees” post floating around tumblr, but this is the first one anyone bothered to put sources on. Thank you. (However I’m not going to look at the sources now, but hopefully I will remember to do so later.)

Filed under bees biology ecology science

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improbablewanderer asked: Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and then send it to 10 of your favourite followers (not back to me, I did it already). Thinking good thoughts about yourself is hard but it will make you feel better so give it a go, for the sake of spreading positivity! (◠‿◠✿)

Round #2 (aka: Hard to Think of and Awkward to Write Self-Compliments: The Sequel!)

1. I have some very cool and really smart tumblr friends, mutual followers and non mutuals too! (I try to keep down the number of blogs I follow, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t check out all of your blogs!)

2. I’m not sure how many would agree, but I think I’m pretty funny.

3. My hair is really soft right now.

4. I have a good sense of smell and can generally tell if a carton of milk is going bad about a day before anyone else can.

5. Despite the all the problems with it, sometimes I really like my own brain.

Partially due to an incident many years ago involving a dead girl who breaks into houses and kills people in the dead of night, I have hold-ups about passing on chain memes to individual people. (Yes, it is ridiculous. No, I don’t know why I’m still hung up on that damn email. Yes it does still scare me a little bit. Shut up.) So, I’m “generally directing” this at the people I’ve interacted with over tumblr (unless you don’t feel like it), and anyone else who wants to. If you do, tag me because I’d like to hear what you have to say about yourself!

Filed under meme improbablewanderer

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pretentiouslimericks asked: Hey. Say 5 nice things about yourself. Do it you little punk.

Whelp - I guess I have no choice. (Yay responding to memes that have been sitting in my inbox for a week!)

1. I just got a new computer and hooked it up to my brother’s tablet. I’ve never used a tablet before and within two hours or so after taking it out of the box, I had drawn my first picture with it. The drawing is far from perfect, but I think it came out pretty darn well considering I still had trouble clicking (let alone drawing a line anywhere near where I wanted to put it) when I started.

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(I also posted this on my other blog too; I’m just really proud of myself.)

2. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, and I think I hold to that for the most part.

3. I can walk on stilts (mine are 2 ft peg stilts).

4. When I do them regularly, I’m really good at sudokus, and my crossword and kenken skills aren’t too shabby either.

5. I like science. (And I like that I like science. Does this count?)

Filed under meme pretentiouslimericks (yes that is a picture of captain archer from star trek: enterprise) (i'm not sure why i drew him of all people; he's my least favorite trek captain) (my favorite star trek captain is actually Sisko but that's beside the point)

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http://improbablepirate.tumblr.com/post/91998983849/the-average-gatsby-alright-you-guys-have-posted

the-average-gatsby:

alright you guys have posted some pretty bad jokes on here but not one comes close to this doozy

brace yourselves

so there’s a far-off place that consists of a perfectly triangular lake surrounded by land, with three kingdoms on the three sides of the lake. the first…

Filed under oh my god math pun pythagorean theorem math pun good pun hot damn shaggy dog story

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dinosaursruleeverythingaroundme:

Did you know that a part of the dinosaur anatomy is named from a Far Side cartoon?
That’s right!  The Thagomizer, an arrangement of spikes along the tails of some thyreophoran dinosaurs ( the group of armored dinosaurs containing stegosaurs, ankylosaurs, and nodosaurs ), was named after “The late Thag Simmons”, the unfortunate cave man who fell victim to one of these tails in a Gary Larson cartoon.

dinosaursruleeverythingaroundme:

Did you know that a part of the dinosaur anatomy is named from a Far Side cartoon?

That’s right!  The Thagomizer, an arrangement of spikes along the tails of some thyreophoran dinosaurs ( the group of armored dinosaurs containing stegosaurs, ankylosaurs, and nodosaurs ), was named after “The late Thag Simmons”, the unfortunate cave man who fell victim to one of these tails in a Gary Larson cartoon.

(via biologizeable)

Filed under I've known about this for years but the story is still amazing every time Gary Larson dinosaurs stegasaurus biology paleontology comics thagomizer

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Museum of Natural History Announces First Adult-Only Sleepover

lostsplendor:

"While the American Museum of Natural History has been hosting Night at the Museum sleepovers for kids, there’s never been an adult-only one. Ever. Until now. They’ve just announced their first sleepover for grown-ups, which will take place on Friday, August 1st. - Gothamist

Amenities will include some of the following:

"Explorers can roam through the nearly empty halls of the Museum (including the spiders). There will also be a flashlight tour.”

"Participants will be invited to attend a special presentation in The Power of Poison exhibition with Curator Mark Siddall."

"There will be a midnight viewing of the Dark Universe Space Show, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson."

"There will also be charging stations and tea service."

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Omg.

Update: it’s $375 per person. Boo.

(via charmingdarkness)

Filed under YES AMNH SCIENCE - FUCK YEAH

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scifigeneration:

At-home 3-D printer can make items out of used plastic bottles

The new Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer from Cubify, which uses filament cartridges produced from three recycled 20 oz. PET plastic bottles, will cost around $1,200 and come out later this year on Cubify. The material supposedly has the durability of standard 3-D printer filament. And it’s made by will.i.am, 3D Systems’ chief creative officer, so that’s fun too.

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Filed under this is the one I will eventually buy myself recycling 3d printing technology science