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Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators - Science Daily

Date: February 9, 2017; Source: Cell Press; Summary: As bees slip onto the endangered species lists, researchers in Japan are pollinating lilies with insect-sized drones. The undersides of these artificial pollinators are coated with horse hairs and an ...and more »

Robotic bee could help pollinate crops as real bees decline - New Scientist

A drone that can pollinate flowers may one day work side by side with bees to improve crop yields. About three-quarters of global crop species, from apples to almonds, rely on pollination by bees and other insects. But pesticides, land clearing and ...and more »

These Hairy Little Drones Are Functional Robot Bees - Popular Mechanics

Bees are dying globally at an alarming rate, and to brace for an uncertain future, scientists are figuring out how to replace them with robots. While bees aren't in immediate danger of going extinct, several species have been placed on the endangered ...and more »

Scientists Are Building Bee-Like Drones to Fight the Coming Bee-Pocalypse - Gizmodo

The bees are dying globally at an alarming rate. As we continue to come to grips with the problems of our dystopian future, it's probably as good a time as ever to dream up some solutions with an idea straight out of the dystopian show Black Mirror ...and more »

'Drone Bees' Are Comically Inept, Expensive and Dangerous to Real Bees - Newsweek

Bees are in decline in many areas. That's a problem for agriculture because bees are vital to the environment and are primarily responsible for pollinating many plants—$15 billion worth of crops in the United States alone, including berries, apples ...and more »

Robo-Bees Could Aid Insects with Pollination Duties - Scientific American

Mini drones sporting horsehair coated in a sticky gel could one day take the pressure off beleaguered bee populations by transporting pollen from plant to plant, researchers said. Roughly three-quarters of the world's flowering plants and about 35 ...and more »

Robot bees vs real bees – why tiny drones can't compete with the real thing - The Conversation UK

Elizabeth Franklin does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Partners. Bournemouth ...and more »

Japanese scientists develop sticky insect-sized drones to help pollinate crops - The Indian Express

Researchers are hopeful that their invention could someday help carry the burden that modern agricultural demand has put on colonies and in turn benefit farmers. 6. Shares. Share. By: PTI | Updated: February 11, 2017 7:23 pm. tiny insect sized drones ...and more »

As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack - Los Angeles Times

One day, gardeners might not just hear the buzz of bees among their flowers, but the whirr of robots, too. Scientists in Japan say they've managed to turn an unassuming drone into a remote-controlled pollinator by attaching horsehairs coated with a ...and more »

Japanese scientists develop robotic pollinator - PerfScience

A team of Japanese scientists has successfully turned a small remote-controlled drone into a honey bee-like pollinator by attaching horsehairs layered with a special, sticky gel to its underbelly. Flowers looking to receive pollen from their male parts ...and more »