Bees develop 'smoker-like' addiction: News Review reviews

June 15, 2022

Bumblebees have developed a ‘smoker-like’ addiction to food laced with neonicotinoids. This pesticide covered food contains nicotine. Bees seem to prefer it even though it is harmful to them.

The story
Scientists in Britain have found that, given a choice, bumblebees prefer food containing a pesticide which is harmful to them.
The research provides further evidence that bees develop addictive behaviour when exposed to neonicotinoids, similar to humans who smoke.
The pesticides have been linked to declining bee populations.

Key words and phrases

addicted to
•Have you seen the new reality TV show? I’m totally hooked on it. It’s great!
•Once I scored my first goal, I was hooked. Nothing beats football!

get a buzz
feel strong excitement, energy or pleasure
•He only seems to get a buzz out of video games. He says everything else is boring.
•Running marathons gives her a real buzz. She loves the challenge.

acquired taste
a flavour you didn’t like at first, but learned to enjoy
•Have you tried my new cocktail? It’s an acquired taste! No one likes it immediately.
•I didn’t like boxing at first, but now I’ve acquired a taste for it. It’s my new hobby.

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  1. Reply
    NAYDU ALEXANDRA CORREDOR CORREDOR June 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Love you guys ❤️✌🏻

  2. I am hooked watching football

  3. Omg! ABS-CBN News that's Philippines local news channel. ☺️

  4. actually, I'm hardly hooked on the BBC Learning English <3 thank you so much!

  5. Reply
    The Guds Production June 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    I'm really hooked on BBC News Review. Thanks BBC LE!

  6. Reply
    Nallabothula Sivakumar June 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    At first I am not hooked on to your videos . But as time passes, I aquired taste for it because I am just getting buzz…

    Am I right, pls correct if I am wrong.

  7. Reply
    desmond uchechukwu anachunam June 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Your program is an acquired taste ,am really getting hooked on it

  8. I like BBC learning team they are pure gems . Their accent and teaching style are awesome 😍

  9. Reply
    Xasan Axmed Jaamac June 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    I'm great you Islamic greetings
    That's peace of Allah be upon
    I'm Somali and I listen BBC six minutes in English

  10. Thank you, BBC.

  11. Watching News Review gives me such a buzz, I think that is the reason why I got hooked on it. Learning english was not a pleasuring task in the beginning, but BBC Learning English has helped me to acquire a taste for it.

    Thank you guys for this wit conversation.

  12. Reply
    Priscila Gonçalves Silva June 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    I'm hooked on their voices… ❤️

  13. Thank you so much 👍👍

  14. Reply
    My Nguyễn Thị Trà June 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Im hooked on this lesson ♡

  15. Wow. Dan you've got a headline from a philippine news😅. Happy Christmas to the BBC learning english family😘

  16. news review gives me a buzz😊

  17. I`m get hooked on BBC)) but it`s not hurmful)))

  18. Reply
    تعلم الإنجليزية مع ياسين June 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Well tell me, are these vocs used by British people so that when I utter them to a native speaker that he would understand me immediately?

  19. thank you

  20. In that quiz 3rd Question asked which of these spelled incorrectly.But the ans.given is the corrected spelling 2nd.

  21. Parachuting and news review together would be so cool

  22. The quiz no 3 looks incorrect.
    Which of these is spelled incorrectly? It's an acquired taste.

    Well done. That is the correct spelling! a-c-q-u-i-r-e-d.

  23. Thanks Nil & Den.

  24. I get a buzz out of English learning

  25. Once i visited to Japan in May, i didn't like cuisines at first, but i've acquired a taste for it and Shushi is one of my favorite food, im totally hooked on it. 😀

  26. Well explained guys. 👍

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