Botanical garden outfits bumble bees with backpacks to track behavior

March 26, 2015 1:02 PM

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The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens have a problem: Their bumble bee population is in decline, and no one's quite sure why. To hopefully shed some light on the phenomenon, scientists have developed a novel technology - tiny little bee backpacks that allow them to track the bees' movements.

The backpacks, made from off-the-shelf parts, are small and light enough that they can be super glued to the bees without interfering with their lives or health.

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