Glued to the back of this Australian bee is an RFID chip that can track where it goes, what it eats, and when. But this bug won't be tracking you — instead, it just might save the planet.
One of the most pressing environmental issues right now is food security, or our ability to feed ourselves. And the bee is right at the center of food security concerns. Its population numbers are dwindling, partly because of colony collapse disorder, and that could mean famines. Bees fertilize many of our staple food crops, and without their help, our farms will be significantly less productive.