Ready, set, fly! The ball bearings glued to this bumblebee's legs simulate the weight and placement of pollen loads. The tag on the insect's back is a lightweight sensor, designed to track its movements in flight. Courtesy of Andrew Mountcastle hide caption

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Heavy Loads Of Pollen May Shift Flight Plans Of The Bumblebee

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Dallas Mildenhall, New Zealand's forensic pollen expert, peers at samples through a microscope. Courtesy of David Wolman hide caption

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Solving Crimes With Pollen, One Grain Of Evidence At A Time

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The decline of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from nasty parasites to the stress of being transported from state to state to feed on various crops in need of pollination. iStockphoto hide caption

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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

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