To bee or not to bee

Please make the silliness stop! India's largest news agency the Press Trust has launched yet another crazy ZOMG PHONE RADIATION IS KILLING THE BEES !!! article. And I'm afraidy wady every single news reporting outlet has done another horrific, unsceptical copy/paste job. Like De Morgen for instance.

The whacky idea that cell phone tower radiation disorientates bees isn't new, this story pops up here and there with an unrelenting mechanical regularity. About two years ago it got some press in The Independent. This feeble cell phone argument was used to explain Colony Collapse Disorder. If you go and dig around and find the actual 'studies' they refer to it is all very dubious. The scientific method is flawed, the argumentation one-sided and other causes are factored out or completely ignored.

As early as 2005 real scientific evidence pointed in the direction of mites that parasite on the bees. Honeybees are attacked by numerous pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Recently scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia). The infection was treated with complete success. The hives that were infected made a complete recovery.
We're not home and dry yet, but it is a big step in the right direction to combat the decline in honey bee population.

Papers should stop this nonsensical reporting and hire some real science journalists instead of copying their google alerts and showing their complete lack of knowledge and interest in science. It is a sign of utter disdain for the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

To use the famous words of xkcd: Science. It works, bitches!

Try it, goofballs! (my words)

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