Today in Research: What's Killing All the Bees; Fat Just Tastes Good

More

Discovered: A molecule that could cool our warming Earth, what's killing all the bees, fat tastes good, a cancer-processed food link.

  • What's killing all the bees. Today we have some answers to the mysterious and very disconcerting mass honeybee death phenomenon. Insecticides (duh?) are causing some of the deaths, found researchers at Purdue. "We know that these insecticides are highly toxic to bees; we found them in each sample of dead and dying bees," said study co-author Christian Krupke. The U.S. is losing about a third of its honeybee population a year. Bees are important; this is bad -- don't take our words for it, 60 Minutes's Charlie Rose explains. [Purdue]
  • Our tongues think fat tastes good. Blame the annoying, yet delicious bacon craze on genetics. Science has discovered we have a taste bud for it, found researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine. Making that the sixth flavor we can taste, adding fat to sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and savory. The same research also found that some people have a gene that makes them less receptive to the taste of fat. We're not sure if that makes them lucky or unlucky. [Wash U.]

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Jump to comments
Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Technicolor Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

Video

What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

Video

Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In