Last summer, I had chance to watch documentary about bee disappearing. This documentary quite stroked me because I didn’t know how much bees have direct impact on human beings. The alarm was first sounded last autumn, but has now hit half of all American states. The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of its commercial bee population, with 70 per cent missing on the East Coast. Albert Einstein said, “If the bees disappeared, man would have only four years of life left”. Researchers said this is still mystery but they are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer. As this is not yet stated as solved problem, there are not much of product design directly relates to this topic. However, as this is direct matter between environment and human, people will recognize and know this serious issue. If I work on this problem, I like to work with some NFP groups that working on this issue such as “The Bee Tree”. Still, I need to explore more on this problem, and figure out what kind of product can help this issue.
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I heard that one hypothesis of the reasons that bees disappear is because of the Earth's magnetic field problem. As people know, bees have very good sense of communication and direction, and bee’s sense of direction has a close connection with the Earth's magnetic field. Therefore, if the Earth’s magnetic field has a problem to irradiate, they would get confused to communicate and find a direction that they want to go. I think it is very interesting topic. You will be rich if you solve this problem!
Posted October 13, 2008
By shinwoo Her