One of the most pressing potential ecological disasters faced in the near-future is the decline in the population of various species of bees. New research has indicated that this decline may be a result of a multitude of hitherto undiscovered viruses affecting the bee. Despite the fact that bees are considered vitally important to our ecosystems due to their role as pollinators, up until now scientists have known relatively little about the viruses that affect them.
In a week mostly dominated by NASA’s announcement of the discovery of organic molecules on Mars, some other important science stories may have slipped under the radar. In the Science Dispatches for the first week of June 2018; a possible breakthrough in the treatment of cancer, the self-consuming rocket and counting bees.