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.

Chelsea Cook, Assistant Professor in Biology, Marquette University • conversation
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.

Eric Kyere, Assistant professor, social work, IUPUI • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  healthcare  african-americans  colonial-america  slaves  blacks  19th-century

Genetic impact of colonial-era slave trade revealed in DNA study

The consequences of rape, maltreatment, disease and racism are revealed by the findings.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: genetics united-states colonialism slavery

Aztec palace's remains uncovered off Mexico City's main Zócalo plaza

The location of ruler Axayácatl's palace was later used by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 14, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: history colonialism mexico mexico-city

Five must-read novels on the environment and climate crisis

Eco-fiction to help you rethink your role in the climate crisis.

Ti-han Chang, Lecturer in Asia-Pacific Studies, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
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.

Simon Lewis, Professor of Global Change Science at University of Leeds and, UCL • conversation
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.

Sturt Manning, Director of the Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory and Professor of Classical Archaeology, Cornell University • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: archaeology new-york ontario radiocarbon-dating indigenous-history colonialist colonial-america colonial-history european-settlement beads

Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  evolution  covid-19  mice  colonies  animals  social-distancing  isolation  coronavirus-2020  altruism  bats  animal-behavior  ants  contagion  monkeys

Climate change: how Senegal's colonial history made it more vulnerable

We need to understand colonial histories to understand climate risks.

Nick Bernards, Assistant Professor of Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick • conversation
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  history  agriculture  farming  colonialism  rainfall  peanuts  senegal

Pesticide exposure can dramatically impact bees’ social behavior

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.

Peter Reuell • harvard
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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