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Webcam allows for a rare glimpse inside a bee colony

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    Thursday, August 15, 2013, 4:49 PM -

    Explore.org is inviting you to peer inside a thriving bee colony in Bavaria, Germany.

    The live cam shows thousands of  bees making honey and building combs as they zip in and out of their hive, located inside a hollow log.

    The camera zooms in an out as the bees carry about their business.

    A secondary cam shows the bees landing and taking off:

    Video streaming by Ustream

    Bees have been making big headlines lately. Since 2006, millions of bees in North America have been dying -- a massive problem, since they pollinate about a third of the food humans eat.

    For years, scientists struggled to determine a cause.

    A recent study published in PLOS One suggests that a variety of factors -- including the widespread use of some pesticides -- is contributing to the problem.

    Last year, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Industry began taking samples from dead bees in Ontario and Quebec. The agency is now "re-evaluating" the pesticides status.

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