Take Two for October 4, 2012

Scientists hope that robot bees could help fight colony collapse

Picture of a bee taken in Godewaersvelde

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Picture of a bee taken in Godewaersvelde, northern France, on June 1, 2012.

Colony Collapse Disorder is how scientists describe the mysterious die off of honey bees around the globe. Honey bees pollinate lots of different types of crops and researchers are concerned that food supplies could be affected by the disorder. The cause of colony collapse is still unknown but scientists in England are working on a project that could mitigate its effects.

A Martinez talks with James Marshall, a computer scientist at the University of Sheffield, about how they'll endow the robotic bees with a sense of sight and smell to help them detect odors and gases from flowers.


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