It seems, according to the BBC, that a virus called the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) is the likely culprit in the decline of the North American honeybee. Accusations were hurled at mobile phone radiation, pesticides from genetically modified crops, and also to climate change. To date, 50% to 90% of U.S. commercial bee colonies have been affected.
Although it's nice that mobile phone radiation seems to be in the clear, the problem is a very serious one. The cause of the virus is so far undetermined. Honeybee use in U.S. agricultures is worth an estimated $14 billion.
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that comes with design and sourcing issues, which some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
An engineer who has experienced firsthand the changes that the engineering profession has undergone since the days of Bill Hewlett and David Packard argues that the loss of innovative capacity is the direct result of a vacuum in American business thought leadership.