Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…
First, a new study published in Science concludes that humans have facilitated the decline of honeybees by our actions. By introducing Asian honeybees to Europe and then introducing European bees to the Americas we caused the spread of a mite and a virus among the populations. Honeybees are now transferring these issues to other types of bees, further compounding the problem. Read more from the Washington Post here.
Second, a fusion reactor has produced the first hydrogen plasma, created by super heating hydrogen gas to a temperature of 80 million degrees Celsius. The project is intended to explore the feasibility of fusion power, which would create clean and virtually limitless energy. Read more from Discovery News here.
Third, a fossilized Jurassic insect has been discovered that looks very similar to modern butterflies. Despite the similarity in appearance this insect lived 40 to 85 million years before modern butterflies had begun to evolve. Fossils of delicate insects are very rare, and the fossil even appears to show an eye spot on the wing. Read more from the Smithsonian here.