Bumblebees' decline linked to inbreeding and disease

World / Science & Health Aug 16, 2018

Bumblebees' decline linked to inbreeding and disease

Researchers in Canada playing detective with the yellow-banded bumblebee's genome have found evidence that inbreeding and disease are the likely reasons for the decline of the species, York University associate professor Amro Zayed says. The team led by Zayed, Sheila Colla and biology researcher Clement ...

Elderly wheelchair user dies after attack by swarm of hornets

National Oct 6, 2017

Elderly wheelchair user dies after attack by swarm of hornets

An 87-year-old woman died in September after she was stung more than 150 times by a swarm of giant hornets in Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, as she traveled home from a nursing facility, the local fire service headquarters said Thursday. Neither a staff member from the ...

Environment Dec 5, 2015

Taking the sting out of household infestations

by Melynie Yoneda

The vast majority of telephone calls on household pests fielded by the Shibuya Ward Office's Public Hygiene Division in 2014 were not about rats, cockroaches or spiders but they involved something with a little more sting in its tail — hornets, wasps and bees. Of ...

Editorials Aug 1, 2015

Health gains lost to climate change

All of the impressive scientific and medical gains of modern civilization are in danger of being lost because of the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.