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All the buzz – bigger honeybee colonies have quieter combs

Jan 23, 2018
When honeybee colonies get larger, common sense suggests it would be noisier with more bees buzzing around.
But a study recently published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology reports that bigger honeybee colonies actually have quieter combs than smaller ones. “The surprising result was that – and at first I thought something must be wrong – when there are more bees on the comb, the vibrations are actually reduced,” said Michael Smith, a Cornell doctoral student in neurobiology and behavior and the paper’s lead author. [...] Read more

Eating more foods with choline during pregnancy could boost baby’s brain

Jan 4, 2018
When expectant mothers consume sufficient amounts of the nutrient choline during pregnancy, their offspring gain enduring cognitive benefits, a new Cornell University study suggests. Choline – found in egg yolks, lean red meat, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and cruciferous vegetables – has many functions, but this study focused on its role in prenatal brain development. [...] Read more

Northeast farmers weigh warming climate, drenched fields

Dec 14, 2017
Farmers in the Northeast are adapting to longer growing seasons and warming climate conditions – but they may face spring-planting whiplash as they confront fields increasingly saturated with rain, according to a research paper published in the journal Climatic Change. “Climate change can easily intensify agricultural susceptibility, but also presents fresh, surprising opportunities,” said David Wolfe, professor of plant and soil ecology at Cornell University and senior author of the paper. [...] Read more