Super Honey Helps Fight Off MRSA

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Super honey to helf fight off superbugs

Honey lovers, you have a whole new reason to feel dedicated to the sweet sticky stuff. We know that honey has been used as an antibacterial for cuts and scrapes for ages. The high sugar content strips much-needed water from bacteria. But a certain type of honey may be more potent than usual, and help to fight off MRSA, a viscous strain of staph infection. Manuka honey, created from the plant native to Australia and New Zealand, seems to have super strength against it, and researchers think they’ve figured out that there’s a secret in the sauce.

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CartaSense Helps Monitor Swine Health For Potential Viral Outbreaks

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CartaSense chip

Cartasense is monitoring animals at home and on the range
It won’t help this time around alleviating the swine flu outbreak, but the Israeli company CartaSense has invented a chip to monitor swine health to nab potential viral outbreaks early.

 

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‘Beehive Fence’ Deters Elephants

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Bees vs Elephant

A simple fence made from wood, wire and beehives can deter elephants from raiding farmers’ crops. A pilot study in Kenya has shown that such fences reduce the number of raids by elephants by almost half.

The work is the culmination of previous research which showed elephants are naturally scared of African honey bees.

A much larger trial is now underway in the hope the fences will provide an elegant solution to years of conflict between elephants and farmers.

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Bees and More Bees

Bees and More Bees

They’re cute little buggers – and they make honey too!

A U.S.-led international team of scientists says it’s identified nearly 19,500 bee species worldwide, which is about 2,000 more than previously estimated.

Research leader Michael Ruggiero of the U.S. National Museum of Natural History said the ongoing colony collapse disorder — an unexplained phenomenon that’s wiping out colonies of honey bees across the United States — highlights the need for such a worldwide checklist of bees and more information about bee species and their interactions with the plants they pollinate. Continue reading… “Bees and More Bees”

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