Charle Darwin’s abominable mystery

First posted 23rd January 2021

The mystery about how angiosperms, flowering plants came about. All these years later and we still don’t know but scientists are still working on it. One day one or more of them will come up with the answer, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55769269.

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The life of bees, feral and managed

A blog post that I made a year ago.

20th January 2021

A new study of feral and managed bee colonies in Pennsylvania by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Services looked at how the two types were affected by pathogens. A fascinating read, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-feral-colonies-clues-honey-bee.html.

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If only bees could tell their tale – and they have

Originally posted 15th January 2021

We are changing this world in so many ways and in some cases we haven’t got so much historical data to go by to see how much change is taking place. Thankfully, due to a PhD study on the feeding habits of bees in 1952 it was possible to repeat the survey in 2017 during another PhD research study to see what had changed. The data extracted shows how the landscape of the UK has changed in those short few decades, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-honeybees-reveal-floral-landscape-years.html, https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55662985. Bees along with many other pollinators are suffering because of intensive farming and the increasing use of pesticides. Something that we should all be worried about.

I became interested in bees due to my wider interest in environmental change to human activity. So far I have written two stories for the 8-12 year old reader on the adventures of bees that face similar problems to real bees. In the first story, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow (two versions), https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/198320384X/, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/, the bees need to stop some greedy farmers building on their meadow. In the UK we have lost 97% of our meadows since the middle of the 20th century. Then in the follow up, Busy Bee and the Silent Spring, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Silent-Spring-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B088JFN1ZV/, the bees have to solve the problem of a nearby farmer using banned pesticides. Although for younger readers a few adults have said that they enjoyed reading them too.

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Charle Darwin’s abominable mystery

The mystery about how angiosperms, flowering plants came about. All these years later and we still don’t know but scientists are still working on it. One day one or more of them will come up with the answer, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55769269.

Sequencing the Australian lungfish – the largest sequence so far

An amazing creature dating back 420 million years to when its branch of the evolutionary tree started. A link between the creatures of the seas and oceans and us that are land based. The genome is 43 billion base pairs long, around 14 times that of humans, https://www.newscientist.com/article/2265127-australian-lungfish-has-largest-genome-of-any-animal-sequenced-so-far/?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=57e66184c4-briefing-dy-20210120&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-57e66184c4-43669565.

The life of bees, feral and managed

A new study of feral and managed bee colonies in Pennsylvania by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Services looked at how the two types were affected by pathogens. A fascinating read, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-feral-colonies-clues-honey-bee.html.

If only bees could tell their tale – and they have

We are changing this world in so many ways and in some cases we haven’t got so much historical data to go by to see how much change is taking place. Thankfully, due to a PhD study on the feeding habits of bees in 1952 it was possible to repeat the survey in 2017 during another PhD research study to see what had changed. The data extracted shows how the landscape of the UK has changed in those short few decades, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-honeybees-reveal-floral-landscape-years.html, https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55662985. Bees along with many other pollinators are suffering because of intensive farming and the increasing use of pesticides. Something that we should all be worried about.

I became interested in bees due to my wider interest in environmental change to human activity. So far I have written two stories for the 8-12 year old reader on the adventures of bees that face similar problems to real bees. In the first story, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow (two versions), https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/198320384X/, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/, the bees need to stop some greedy farmers building on their meadow. In the UK we have lost 97% of our meadows since the middle of the 20th century. Then in the follow up, Busy Bee and the Silent Spring, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Silent-Spring-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B088JFN1ZV/, the bees have to solve the problem of a nearby farmer using banned pesticides. Although for younger readers a few adults have said that they enjoyed reading them too.

Bees use dung to ward off hornets

Having written two stories for children about bees I learnt a fair amount about them. Just when you think that they can’t get anymore amazing along comes an article proving you wrong. In Vietnam honeybees use animal dung to protect their hives.

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-honey-bees-animal-feces-deter.html?fbclid=IwAR2v3r0bNTAg1MtZ9JQoz9bWBradR1lI1FYb857Okga_22lJ5I3ytSaselk

A Sad Reflection On Our Convenient Lifestyles

New research shows just how dangerous the plastic waste is to turtles.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45509822#

Whale Sanctuary – A Lost Opportunity

A proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic at a meeting in Brazil has been defeated. Unfortunately, words like developing and growth are always spouted as many governments, cultures, religions and financial systems have not come to terms with the fact that we are beyond the capacity of the Earth to support this many semi intelligent apes.

Earth R.I.P. – murdered by humanity’s stupidity.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/12/pro-whaling-nations-block-south-atlantic-whale-sanctuary?CMP=share_btn_tw

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