Synthetic Pollenizer uses 3D-printed robotic flowers to help save bees

March 2, 2018 by  
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Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a dramatic decline in bee populations as a result of harmful pesticides and other environmental challenges . So, Brisbane’s Michael Candy proposed a unique solution. The artist’s Synthetic Pollenizer project combines artificial pollination with 3D printing to provide a safe space for bees to continue their important work as pollinators, without some of the inherent risks. The Synthetic Pollenizer is a conceptual project that uses a system of robotic flowers safe for bees to pollinate compared to real plants (potentially contaminated with pesticides). The robotic petals can stand alongside real plants and feature pollen, nectar and a synthetic stamen. “It has taken several years to successfully coax bees into landing on the synthetic pollenisers,” said Candy. “The color and form of the unit are important for attraction as bees have a variety of ways to identify flowers.” Related: Over 700 North American bee species are heading towards extinction The flowers are connected to a network for motor and tubes which push a man-made nectar solution to the petal surface. A pollen trap fits over the hive entrance and collects leftover pollen pellets from the bees’ hind legs which Candy then feeds into the synthetic stamen. Bees pick up the pollen the same way they do from a real flower. “Perhaps in a future where designer crops are no longer able to produce pollen yet still receive it, Candy said, “then the Synthetic Pollenizer could rehabilitate the reproductive cycle of these genetically modified crops”. + Michael Candy Via Dezeen

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2012 Net Impact Conference

August 3, 2012 by  
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Twenty years ago, when sustainability was a fringe concept in the business world, a small group of friends created a network for business students who wanted to make a difference. Ten years ago, sustainable business started looking like a trend. Today, tens of thousands of new leaders are making a positive net impact through their work – in every industry, job function and every stage of career. It's time to take everything we've accomplished in the last twenty years and accelerate our rate of change. We need to think bigger and reach further to create solutions for our world today and tomorrow. Are you ready to accelerate your impact? Join thousands of changemakers who share your drive at the 2012 Net Impact Conference in Baltimore for three days of inspiration, innovation, and impact!

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Getting the Green Deal Done: Key REC contract terms, definitions, and project developer tips

July 19, 2012 by  
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Join experts from the trading, marketing, and renewable energy developer sectors as they describe the ins and outs of contracts for Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

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