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Backpacks for bees save lives

Words by Abi Scaife

Bees are being given tiny backpacks - and the pics are adorable.

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The backpacks - around a millimetre in size - are sensors. They have been tested by monitoring honeybees flying around flowers (aw!) - but the implications could be much bigger.

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Designed by Bernhard Gleich at Philips Research in Hamburg, Germany, the sensors are currently helping to monitor the temperature and position of bees. 

But, the sensor is so small that it could be injected into a person’s body and used for medical monitoring - helping to save lives, as well as looking adorable on bees!

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Born Free. This is a wildlife conservation charity that’s passionate about wild animal welfare and Compassionate Conservation. Find out more here.

Four Paws UK. This charity is an animal welfare organisation, working globally to help animals in need. Learn more here.

RSPCA. This is the leading animal welfare charity in the UK, and they specialise in animal rescue & furthering the welfare cause for all animals. Find out more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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