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University of Montana students create app to test bee colony health using sound analysis - another app to reduce noise pollution in operating rooms

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May 18, 2015View for printing

A team of University Montana students has built a mobile phone app that allows beekeepers to record the sound of their colony to determine whether it's healthy or not.

It seems that when the "hum" of a hive is broken down into numbers and the data is analyzed, one can tell whether all is well or not among the inhabitants.

The project has quite a bit of real-world potential: Last year, 41.1 percent of all honeybees in Montana colonies died off, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Across the U.S., nearly 43 percent of all honeybees died from 2014-2015.


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Honeybee apocalypse? 40 percent of honeybee hives died this past year

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Outstanding projects that sound like they're perfect for commercialization.

Both would have been excellent business ideas for the recent business plan competition held at the U of M. Too bad they weren't entered.

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