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Chinese man covered with 460,000 bees for honey stunt

A Chinese beekeeper covered his semi-naked body in more than 460,000 bees for a publicity stunt aimed at selling more of his honey, he told AFP Thursday, using a technique known as "bee bearding". She Ping, a 34-year-old honey merchant from the southwestern Chinese metropolis of Chongqing, covered himself in bees that collectively weighed more than 45 kilograms (100 pounds) in a display for a group of French photographers on Wednesday, he said.

Chinese man covered with 460,000 bees for honey stunt

A Chinese beekeeper covered his semi-naked body in more than 460,000 bees for a publicity stunt aimed at selling more of his honey, he told AFP Thursday, using a technique known as "bee bearding." She Ping, a 34-year-old honey merchant from the southwestern Chinese metropolis of Chongqing, covered himself in bees that collectively weighed more than 45 kilograms (100 pounds) in a display for a group of French photographers on Wednesday, he said.

Romania keeps ancient tradition of bee medicine alive

Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds -- the humble bee has been a key source of alternative medicines since ancient times, and Romania is working to keep the tradition of "apitherapy" alive. The tradition goes back to ancient Greece when Hippocrates applied honey to treat wounds, and the Romans saw pollen as "life-giving". In the past of India, China and Egypt, a resinous substance collected by bees from the buds of certain trees, known as "propolis", was popular as an antiseptic.

EU study finds honey bees death rates are lower than feared

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects. The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU member states from late 2012 until summer 2013 found winter mortality rates ranged from 3.5 percent to 33.6 percent.

Birds of a feather: hummingbird family tree unveiled

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For such small creatures, hummingbirds certainly have racked up an outsized list of unique claims to fame. They are the smallest birds and the smallest warm-blooded animals on Earth. They have the fastest heart and the fastest metabolism of any vertebrate. They are the only birds that can fly backward. And scientists reported on Thursday that they also have a complicated evolutionary history.

Birds of a feather: hummingbird family tree unveiled

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For such small creatures, hummingbirds certainly have racked up an outsized list of unique claims to fame. They are the smallest birds and the smallest warm-blooded animals on Earth. They have the fastest heart and the fastest metabolism of any vertebrate. They are the only birds that can fly backward. And scientists reported on Thursday that they also have a complicated evolutionary history.

A quarter of Europe's bumblebees, vital to crops, face extinction: study

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Almost a quarter of Europe's bumblebees are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitats and climate change, threatening pollination of crops worth billions of dollars, a study showed on Wednesday. Sixteen of 68 bumblebee species in Europe are at risk, the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said. It is preparing a global study of the bees, whose honeybee cousins are in steep decline because of disease.

USDA to spend $3M to help honeybees by improving pastures in Upper Midwest

MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation's struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday. Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers bring hives to the Upper Midwest in the summer for bees to gather nectar and pollen for food, then truck them in the spring to California and other states to pollinate everything from almonds to apples to avocadoes.

Sensors to be attached to bees to study their decline in Australia

Sydney, Jan 15 (EFE).- Australian scientists will attach tiny sensors on some 5,000 honey bees to study their behavior and gain an understanding of the causes of the ongoing decline in their population, ABC Online reported Wednesday. The project undertaken by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and the University of Tasmania is designed to help improve honey production and requires that part of the bees' bodies be shaved so that the sensors can be glued on, a procedure which doesn't harm the bee or impede its mobility.

Sensors to be attached to bees to study their decline in Australia

Sydney, Jan 15 (EFE).- Australian scientists will attach tiny sensors on some 5,000 honey bees to study their behavior and gain an understanding of the causes of the ongoing decline in their population, ABC Online reported Wednesday. The project undertaken by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and the University of Tasmania is designed to help improve honey production and requires that part of the bees' bodies be shaved so that the sensors can be glued on, a procedure which doesn't harm the bee or impede its mobility.
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