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Health of Honeybees Tied to Genetic Trait

John Davis is pleased as he inspects one of his hives for signs of a parasite that can wreak havoc on honeybees. “I can’t find a single mite today to save my neck, and that’s a good thing,” said the retired paper-manufacturing supervisor. He started beekeeping at age 15 when his biology teacher, who was a beekeeper, talked about bee research.  Davis and his wife live in Powhatan County, where he has 40 hives.

Gaming Used to Understand Hybrid Intelligence

Have you ever thought about what makes certain people special as a gamer? Is their mind super sharp - is that what helps them ace certain types of games? Now, think about which skills computers perform better than humans, and vice versa. What happens when you combine the two to solve problems? University of Virginia grad, Janet Rafner has found her place studying these questions at the Denmark-based research group, ScienceAtHome.

Too Much Copper Is Fatal To Germs

For thousands of years, people noticed that copper helped ward off certain illnesses, but no one knew why. It seemed that copper had magical powers. In the 19th century, scientists put forth the germ theory, which held that tiny organisms invisible to the human eye were responsible for many diseases. As germ theory gained acceptance, it was recognized that copper had the power to kill germs.

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