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Old 02-09-17, 03:43 PM
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As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack

Anyone that watches "Black Mirror" (a show kind of like "The Twilight Zone") might recognize this from one of their episodes. Hopefully it doesn't turn out as badly as the TV show did.

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One day, gardeners might not just hear the buzz of bees among their flowers, but the whirr of robots, too. Scientists in Japan say they’ve managed to turn an unassuming drone into a remote-controlled pollinator by attaching horsehairs coated with a special, sticky gel to its underbelly.

The system, described in the journal Chem, is nowhere near ready to be sent to agricultural fields, but it could help pave the way to developing automated pollination techniques at a time when bee colonies are suffering precipitous declines.

In flowering plants, sex often involves a threesome. Flowers looking to get the pollen from their male parts into another bloom’s female parts need an envoy to carry it from one to the other. Those third players are animals known as pollinators — a diverse group of critters that includes bees, butterflies, birds and bats, among others.
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Old 02-09-17, 05:17 PM
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Anyone that watches "Black Mirror" (a show kind of like "The Twilight Zone") might recognize this from one of their episodes. Hopefully it doesn't turn out as badly as the TV show did.



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Interesting concept, I doubt however we could economically make this feasible as an ulternative to nature.
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Old 02-09-17, 08:51 PM
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Let's hope we don't need them. Bad enough now that bee farmers have to travel the country with their pollinators.
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