I’ll give you a buzz

People may not be the only ones distracted by cell phones. Honey bees appear to be thrown off course by the electromagnetic waves coming from cell phone towers. A study in Kerala, India, found that when new cell phone towers were installed, the bee population rapidly declined. The researchers said a continuing increase in cell phone towers could cause a complete colony collapse within 10 years. In the San Francisco Chronicle, pest management specialist Richard Fagerlund mentioned that study as well as one conducted in Germany, in which bees would not return to their hives when cell phones were placed near them. Those researchers believed radiation from the phones was interfering with the bees’ ability to communicate, and thus, find their way home.

The other main theory used to explain colony collapse disorder—the somewhat mysterious disappearance of bees—is the use of pesticides.