Something is killing off up to half of America's bees--terrible news for bees and the vegetation that depends on them for pollination. Fewer bees not only means less honey, it means less food. Researchers at Harvard are working on a partial solution -- tiny drones the size of bees (not to be confused with drone bees, the mostly useless males of a bee colony).
The drones are flying robots designed to be small enough to pollinate a flower (they weigh just 80 milligrams). They are also designed to hover, giving them plenty of time to transfer pollen. Their wings mimic those of a fly, flapping when pulled by a special ceramic that contracts when stimulated by electricity. This enables the robo-bees to flap 100 times a second--fast enough to float in the air, as a regular bee would.
The robo-bees aren't ready for prime time yet. Because they're so tiny, they can't fit a battery pack for power. The bees will also need some sort of computer so they can guide themselves in flight. Right now, there's no onboard guidance mechanism--again, they just don't have the real estate.
Still: robot bees! Robot bees! That's pretty great.
Totally crazy to think that technology can be as efficient as the natural bee in pollination. Sure, use inefficient technological bees in pollinating GMO crops with temporary pesticide, herbicide, and insect resistance and add a boatload of money to the cost of growing them. Let's concentrate on saving biodiversity and not replacing it with technological dead end solutions!!!!!!
jesus what a stupid fucking crock of shit.
Next they'll hybridize with African robot bees and we'll have ROBOT KILLER BEES everywhere.
This idea is similar to the "Pet Rock".
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Immensely stupid. Immensely sad. Nothing to be proud of.
How about NOT killing the bees, in the first place?
Put a fuel cell in them.