Some bees are born curious while others are more single-minded – new research hints at how the hive picks which flowers to feast on
New research suggests individual bees are born with one of two learning styles – either curious or focused. Their genetic tendency has implications for how the hive works together.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: genetics insects bees biology food colonies communication group-dynamics drones queen-bees information curiosity foraging nectar
Enslaved people's health was ignored from the country's beginning, laying the groundwork for today's health disparities
The health care inequities suffered by Black Americans today began centuries ago.
July 30, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: healthcare african-americans colonial-america slaves blacks 19th-century
The consequences of rape, maltreatment, disease and racism are revealed by the findings.
July 24, 2020 • ~4 min
Tags: genetics united-states colonialism slavery
The location of ruler Axayácatl's palace was later used by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.
July 14, 2020 • ~2 min
Tags: history colonialism mexico mexico-city
Eco-fiction to help you rethink your role in the climate crisis.
July 9, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate-change environment feminism trees literature climate-crisis colonialism books novels tsunami meat-industry
Why the Anthropocene began with European colonisation, mass slavery and the 'great dying' of the 16th century
It marked the point when humans began to exert a geologically-huge influence on the environment.
June 25, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: anthropocene colonialism colonisation
Archaeologists have a lot of dates wrong for North American indigenous history – but we're using new techniques to get it right
Modern dating techniques are providing new time frames for indigenous settlements in Northeast North America, free from the Eurocentric bias that previously led to incorrect assumptions.
April 29, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: archaeology new-york ontario radiocarbon-dating indigenous-history colonialist colonial-america colonial-history european-settlement beads
Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
April 3, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: evolution covid-19 mice colonies animals social-distancing isolation coronavirus-2020 altruism bats animal-behavior ants contagion monkeys
We need to understand colonial histories to understand climate risks.
March 6, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: history agriculture farming colonialism rainfall peanuts senegal
Using an innovative robotic platform to observe bees’ behavior, Harvard researchers showed that, following exposure to a commonly used class of pesticides, bees spent less time nursing larvae and were less social than other bees.
Nov. 16, 2018 • ~9 min
Tags: science-technology bees faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard peter-reuell reuell nursing pierce benjamin-de-bivort bumblebees colonies colony crall de-bivort insecticides james-crall naomi-pierce neonicotinoid neonicotinoid-pesticide nest nests pesticides social-behavior thermoregulation wax-cap
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