What the buzz is about. Bees get busier with nanotechnology and make more honey.
While scientists worldwide are trying to solve the mystery of the missing bees, a Pennsylvania man is using nanotechnology to create the perfect beehive.
Ideal beehive walls are created by using a thin metallic sheet and insulation, separated by an air space in order to protect the bees from harmful electromagnetic waves, create a warm environment, and properly ventilate the hive, says inventor Artem Shtatnov (Newtown, PA) in U.S. Patent Application 20100022161. He adds this will increase honey production throughout the year while providing a comfortable living environment. This method is both effective and affordable.
The insulation can be any sort of foam or nano-foam. The exterior wall of the beehive is a thin sheet of metal such as aluminum that is used to insulate the hive from electromagnetic waves that can interfere with the bee's navigation system and prevent production of honey. This layer provides no structural support to the hive. This outer metal layer may be covered with a coating of nano-particles designed with nanotechnology to better protect the hive, both physically and against electromagnetic waves.
The sheet of metal doesn't need to have structure. It may be sprayed on any material in a very thin layer in the scale of nanometers or micrometers. The main part is to create a Faraday cage type insulation for the bees inside. The front of the hive has a small hole cut in the metal sheet so bees can enter the hive and a platform directly below this hole for bees to use before entering the hive.
A newly released study by the International Bee Research Association shows that bee populations in Europe have been decreasing since 1965 and has been evident in many countries since 1985. The reason for the decline remains unexplained.