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The drones that could save 1.4 billion jobs


Scientists have warned of the dire threat to human welfare if bee populations disappear.

BEE populations are experiencing a truly worrying decline around the world, forcing scientists to imagine contingency plans if their numbers continue to drop off.

It’s easy to forget but humans have a close and immensely dependent relationship with the honey bee, the extinction of which would have devastating ramifications for the Earth’s ecosystem.

Last year, scientists warned of the dire threat to human welfare if bee populations disappeared. A large proportion of the world’s food supply is directly, or indirectly, affected by honey bee pollination as three-quarters of all crops depend on pollinators.

According to estimates, bees are responsible for about 1.4 billion jobs worldwide.

The point is, we really need them. So Japanese scientists have designed a potential backup prototype, just in case.

They created a mini hummingbird-sized drone, designed to mimic the pollinating qualities of a bee…

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