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Bee Socks Knitting Pattern

honeycomb sockTo Bee or not to Bee Sox, honeycomb-pattern socks designed by Lynn DT Hershberger, would make a great gift for a beekeeper!

The free knitting pattern was created using slipped stitches, rather than the fair-isle knitting style, so a capable knitter should be able to complete a pair of these socks in two days.

Are Cell Phones to Blame for CCD?

The latest theory about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), as reported in The Independent (UK) and other media, is based a German study that shows the normal behaviour of bees is severely affected when hives are located within the radio frequency and electro-magnetic fields produced by powerlines. This has led researchers at Landau University, Koblenz, to look at the possibility that the widespread use of cell phones may be playing a role in CCD. The theory is that radio waves could be confusing the field bees, causing them to lose their sense of direction and become unable to return safely to the hive.