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Archive | January, 2009

The bees are freebasing

7 Jan

Washboarding bee

To learn more about the biochemistry of addiction, scientists in Australia dropped liquefied freebase cocaine on bees’ backs, so it entered the circulatory system and brain.

The scientists found that bees react much like humans do: cocaine alters their judgment, stimulates their behavior and makes them exaggeratedly enthusiastic about things that might not otherwise excite them. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/science/06bees.html

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Forum for Top Bar Beekeepers

6 Jan

Manna in an otherwise stark desert!

Much of American beekeeping instruction and support is focused on the Langstroth hive. Those of us who maintain top bar hives are frequently left to our own devices. Until now…

Top Bar Beekeeping Forum is an active online space for top bar beeks like myself. Check it out.