Salina Post: Web-based AI program encourages users to submit photos of bees for IDs

Salina Post: Web-based AI program encourages users to submit photos of bees for IDs. “A Kansas State University researcher’s effort to develop an artificial intelligence tool for identifying bees has created quite a buzz already. Brian Spiesman, an assistant professor in K-State’s Department of Entomology, launched the website…earlier this year to relieve a backlog of information needed to help track trends in bee populations across the world.”

Phys .org: How well do you know your bumblebees?

Phys .org: How well do you know your bumblebees?. “To mark Bees’ Needs Week, the X-Polli:Nation project launched the fun species identification tool which helps to distinguish bumblebee species in photos, in collaboration with Artificial Intelligence technologies. Users can use an interactive identification key, seek suggestions from automated image recognition and receive formative feedback through automatically generated texts. There are over 100 photos to practice on, organized in four difficulty levels.”

CNN: Honeybees hit by Trump budget cuts

CNN: Honeybees hit by Trump budget cuts. “The US Department of Agriculture has suspended data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report, citing cost cuts — a move that robs researchers and the honeybee industry of a critical tool for understanding honeybee population declines, and comes as the USDA is curtailing other research programs.”

CBC News: University of Calgary unveils digital archive of 300 different bee species

CBC News: University of Calgary unveils digital archive of 300 different bee species. “It’s World Bee Day and thanks to a new digital collection of images featuring species native to Alberta, the bee community will have a valuable new resource to enable it to study endangered species and develop healthier environments for bees.”

Purdue University: Online tool identifies best and safest places to keep bees

Purdue University: Online tool identifies best and safest places to keep bees. “Beekeepers must… identify safe places to establish their colonies. A new online tool, developed by entomologists from Penn State University in partnership with Purdue University, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota and Dickinson College, helps them do just that.” Currently the tool only provides information for Indiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, but more states will be added over time.

The Guardian: Can folk music save the honeybee?

The Guardian: Can folk music save the honeybee?. “Folk music has long gone hand in hand with political protest. From Pete Seeger’s 1959 rendition of the African American gospel We Shall Overcome, which became an anthem for the civil rights movement, to Dick Gaughan’s Ballad of ‘84, a clarion call for the Scottish miners’ strike, the combination of one singer and their guitar has had a potent effect on galvanising activists. Now, folk is turning its attention to the bees.”

Economist: A new app listens to the problems of bees

Economist: A new app listens to the problems of bees. “YOU might expect to hear an angry buzzing when honeybees have been disturbed. But some apiarists reckon they can also deduce the condition of their bees from the sounds they make. A steady hum could be the sign of a contented hive; a change in tone might indicate that the bees are about to swarm. That intuition is about to be put to the test. Soon, beekeepers will be able to try to find out what is troubling a colony by listening to the buzz using a smartphone app.”

Natural History Museum: Freezing thousands of bees at -80 degrees

Natural History Museum: Freezing thousands of bees at -80 degrees . “The UK Insect Pollinators Initiative (IPI) provided funding between 2010-2015 to support projects studying a wide variety of UK pollinators and their habitats. Nine separate projects were funded and as a result of these projects around 50,000 specimens were collected.”

Google Blog: Say bees! The buzz about Cloud Vision API

Google blog: Say bees! The buzz about Cloud Vision API. “What do declining bee populations and machine learning have in common? Natural personal care brand Burt’s Bees hopes to plant 2 billion bee-nourishing wildflowers through its latest Bring Back the Bees campaign, and has enlisted the Cloud Vision API to help.”