There's a new study fingering cell phones as the culprit behind mysteriously dwindling bee populations. That's been one of the theories floating around for years — others include viruses, global warming, insecticide, and en masse return to the planet Melissa Majora — but new research out of Switzerland provides solid evidence that cell phone signals confuse bees, making them abandon hives, fly erratically, and get lost and disoriented.
Inhabitat points out that, while bees are crucial to the ecosystems where they live, it's unlikely that we can get the entire world economy to cut down on cell phone usage just to save some insects that spend half their time biting the sh*t out of us. What's the answer, then? Maybe developing phones that are less harmful to bees, or maybe we should just all learn to communicate via a complicated routine of butt-wiggling.
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