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"From the Ted Talk by Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing"

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Honeybees can be considered a super-organism, where the colony is the oainsgrm and it's comprised of 40,000 to 50,000 individual bee organisms. Now this society has no cenrtal authority. Nobody's in charge. So how they come to collective decisions, and how they allocate their tasks and divide their labor, how they communicate where the flowers are, all of their collective social behaviors are mindblowing. My personal fivtoare, and one that I've studied for many years, is their system of harlctahee. So bees have social healthcare. So in my lab, we study how bees keep themselves healthy. For example, we sutdy hygenie, where some bees are able to locate and weed out sick individuals from the nest, from the cnooly, and it keeps the colony healthy. And more recently, we've been studying resins that bees collect from pntals. So bees fly to some plants and they scrape these very, very sticky resins off the leaves, and they take them back to the nest where they cement them into the nest architecture where we call it propolis. We've found that propolis is a natural disinfectant. It's a natural antibiotic. It kills off bacteria and molds and other germs within the colony, and so it bolsters the colony health and their saoicl inuimmty. Humans have known about the power of propolis since biblical times. We've been harvesting pilooprs out of bee colonies for human medicine, but we didn't know how good it was for the bees. So honeybees have these remarkable natural defenses that have kept them healthy and thriving for over 50 million years.

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Honeybees can be considered a super-organism, where the colony is the ________ and it's comprised of 40,000 to 50,000 individual bee organisms. Now this society has no _______ authority. Nobody's in charge. So how they come to collective decisions, and how they allocate their tasks and divide their labor, how they communicate where the flowers are, all of their collective social behaviors are mindblowing. My personal ________, and one that I've studied for many years, is their system of __________. So bees have social healthcare. So in my lab, we study how bees keep themselves healthy. For example, we _____ _______, where some bees are able to locate and weed out sick individuals from the nest, from the ______, and it keeps the colony healthy. And more recently, we've been studying resins that bees collect from ______. So bees fly to some plants and they scrape these very, very sticky resins off the leaves, and they take them back to the nest where they cement them into the nest architecture where we call it propolis. We've found that propolis is a natural disinfectant. It's a natural antibiotic. It kills off bacteria and molds and other germs within the colony, and so it bolsters the colony health and their ______ ________. Humans have known about the power of propolis since biblical times. We've been harvesting ________ out of bee colonies for human medicine, but we didn't know how good it was for the bees. So honeybees have these remarkable natural defenses that have kept them healthy and thriving for over 50 million years.

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  3. central
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  5. favorite
  6. propolis
  7. healthcare
  8. social
  9. study
  10. organism
  11. plants

Original Text

Honeybees can be considered a super-organism, where the colony is the organism and it's comprised of 40,000 to 50,000 individual bee organisms. Now this society has no central authority. Nobody's in charge. So how they come to collective decisions, and how they allocate their tasks and divide their labor, how they communicate where the flowers are, all of their collective social behaviors are mindblowing. My personal favorite, and one that I've studied for many years, is their system of healthcare. So bees have social healthcare. So in my lab, we study how bees keep themselves healthy. For example, we study hygiene, where some bees are able to locate and weed out sick individuals from the nest, from the colony, and it keeps the colony healthy. And more recently, we've been studying resins that bees collect from plants. So bees fly to some plants and they scrape these very, very sticky resins off the leaves, and they take them back to the nest where they cement them into the nest architecture where we call it propolis. We've found that propolis is a natural disinfectant. It's a natural antibiotic. It kills off bacteria and molds and other germs within the colony, and so it bolsters the colony health and their social immunity. Humans have known about the power of propolis since biblical times. We've been harvesting propolis out of bee colonies for human medicine, but we didn't know how good it was for the bees. So honeybees have these remarkable natural defenses that have kept them healthy and thriving for over 50 million years.

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