The first study conducted in a natural environment has shown that systemic pesticides damage bees’ ability to navigate
By Damian Carrington for guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 March 2012
A honeybee pollinates a flower in a citrus grove just coming into blossom. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images
Common crop pesticides have been shown for the first time to seriously harm bees by damaging their renowned ability to navigate home.
The new research strongly links the pesticides to the serious decline in honey bee numbers in the US and UK – a drop of around 50% in the last 25 years. The losses pose a threat to food supplies as bees pollinate a third of the food we eat such as tomatoes, beans, apples and strawberries. Continue reading
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Do you Seek the thread of reality?
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After thinking about it, who has time nowadays to read 1000 word essays… having said that who has time to right 1000 word essays! So here is a new feature, which we will, Insha’Allah try to keep up… your very own Bytesized Knowledge… some may call it the ensemble of quanta of article (EQA).
The world supply of helium, which is essential in research and medicine, is being squandered on balloons, say scientists
MRI scanners need helium, which is being ‘squandered’ in balloons, say scientists. Photograph: Paul Burns/Getty Images
Oleg Kirichek, the leader of a research team at the Isis neutron beam facility at the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, had an unpleasant shock last week. One of his key experiments, designed to probe the structure of matter, had to be cancelled – because the facility had run out of helium. Continue reading
This is a most beautiful video. I just could not stop putting it on the blog. Yes, there are honeybees in this video too.
By Zakaria Virk, Kingston, Canada
Source website: http://islamquranscience.org/ (An amazing website with great material related to Muslim science)
Abu-Bakr Muhammad bin Zakaria Al-Razi is considered to be one of the greatest clinical physicians of medieval world. His authority in medicine is second only to Shaikh ul Rais Ibn Sena ( Avicenna ) but in regards to observational powers Al-Razi was far superior to Ibne Sina. Al-Razi was an accomplished physician, philosopher, physicist and a chemist. His insight, sharp intellect and encyclopedic knowledge earned him the title of ‘ Arabic Galen.’ He was a master of prognosis and psychosomatic medicine.
05 Mar 2012 | Source
One of the nation’s leading medical historians has acknowledged the extent of Western medicine’s debt to medieval Arab doctors in a new book.
Professor Peter E Pormann from The University of Manchester says too few people realise European and Arab doctors were part of the same medical tradition which played a pivotal role in the development of medicine as we know it. Continue reading
Please note that this story is about the bumblebee not the honeybee (Apis mellifera)
From BBC | Physics.Org
By Anna-Louise Taylor BBC News
Bumblebees do not just journey from A to B
Foraging bumblebees change their flying patterns to avoid predators, researchers have found. Continue reading
Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.