19 December 2013 Any new project intended to deal with decreasing honeybee populations should probably focus on CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder. In case you’ve been shipwrecked on a desert island for about seven years or have been really busy, during that period of time, you’ve probably heard that honeybee populations throughout the world are declining […]Read more "Grossmann: The Bee’s Brain — the Green Brain Project"
19 December 2013 The New York Times broke the story in late 2012. There are zombie bees. So, Night of the Living Dead might be a true story!? Yeah, but with bees instead of people and . . . substantial script revisions. If zombie bees were going to “appear” somewhere, California does seem like the most […]Read more "Grossmann: The Bee’s Brain — the Zombie Apocalypse, but with Bees?"
12 December 2013 [Nano Hummer Video] On 17 February 2011, DARPA announced the development of the first fully functional robotic bird.  The “Nano Hummingbird” or, as it is also less imaginatively called, the “Nano Air Vehicle” (“NAV”), was the successful result of a project started in 2006 by AeroVironment, Inc. under the direction of […]Read more "Grossmann: The Nano Hummingbird – The Original Bird ‘Bot"
5 December 2013 On Friday, March 2, 2013, most of the residents of a suburban Tampa neighborhood were getting ready to go to bed when Jeremy Bush heard something that sounded like a car crashing into his home. He said, later, that he thought he heard his brother, Jeff, calling for help as the concrete […]Read more "Grossmann: Our Collapsing Planet – Aquifers & Sinkholes in Florida — the Season of the Sinkhole"
28 November 2013 Octopuses have a rather creepy reputation. Let’s just say that, what the creeping spider is to dry land, the eight-tentacled octopus is to the sea — a “monster” of the deep. These creatures have thousands of suckers on their eight “arms,” squirt dark ink, change color, and can squeeze their, sometimes, large […]Read more "Grossmann: A Different Flavor – Just How Smart Are Octopuses?"
21 November 2013 The fate of bees, generally, is a matter of great concern these days. Bee populations throughout the world, and particularly in the United States and Europe, are dropping rapidly and mysteriously. Why are bees so important? Agricultural production. Without the bees’ unique service as pollinators, the value of yearly agriculture output would […]Read more "Grossmann: What Would DARPA Do Without Bees?"
14 November 2013 Both NASA and ESA (European Space Administration) are planning a mission to Mars. But, in this day and age, who isn’t? India is planning a Mars mission. A Dutch company named, Mars One, isn’t just planning a mission, but a colony. What’s interesting is how they plan to finance the mission. The […]Read more "Grossmann: The Bumblebee and Robo-Snake on Mars – The Fantasy"