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    Scientists are having a difficult time explaining the rapid decline of the honeybee population in the United States and Canada, known as colony collapse disorder, that could affect crops depending on these insects for pollination.

    Research presented some four years ago speculates the radiation emitted from cellular phones may contribute to the problem.

    When cellular phones were placed near hives, the radiation generated by them (900-1,800 MHz) was enough to prevent bees from returning to them, according to a study conducted at Landau University.

    Scientists believe the radiation produced by cellular phones may be enough to interfere with the way bees "communicate" with their hives. Cellular phones may create a resonance effect that interferes with the movement patterns bees use as a kind of language.

    The Independent April 15, 2007

    Telegraph.co.uk April 16, 2006

    Science a Go Go April 16, 2007
     
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    I resisted buying a cell phone for years and finally succumbed to societal pressures two years ago. Can anyone really say that cell phones have enriched our lives all that much? If they just took the damn things away from teenagers, I'll bet the honeybees would come back.
     
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    it's the radiation that they emit that makes them so bad.

    Cordless home phones emit twice as much radiation then the cell phones though.
     
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    Hopefully, someone comes up with an answer. Without bees, we die.
     
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    They pollinate many of the very important crops, fruits, nuts, etc...
     
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    I was with a "bee" guy last weekend, his theory is that it is a virus and has nothing to do with cell phones.. he lives right next to a huge tower and he had a banner year last year.
     
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    They're pretty certain the bees are being killed off by a fungus. Just because we're not sure whether cell phones could cause bee die-offs doesn't mean we should just assume that they do.
     
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    This is obviously yet another side effect of global warming!

    One sheet only!
     
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    Funny you mention GW. I was reading the thread and thought the about the GW attitude in relation to the bees. We're unsure that cell phones and bees are related, just like we're unsure about mans relationship to GW, yet, so many have totally made up their minds in one, or another way.
     
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    I dunno about the rest of the country, but I know I almost put the heat on yesterday and my lawn greened up only a few days ago. Maybe the Bees are just cold?
     
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    no more honey for you...
     
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    The attic in my house has been infested with those critters for 3 years straight. Paid a fortune to bomb them back to the stone age.

    There are 4 cell phones and 2 wireless handsets here....phones killing bees?

    I think NOT!!!!!
     

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