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Session 70

Bumblebees can develop an addiction to nicotine-containing pesticides, British scientist find.  Dan and Neil teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Bees develop 'smoker-like' addiction

British scientists have found that bumblebees prefer food coated in a nicotine-containing pesticide and develop an addiction similar to a human smoker.

Language challenge

Someone who ruins your excitement is called a…

a) buzzter
b) buzzkill
c) buzzker


Watch the video and complete the activity




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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.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge - answer

b) buzzkill


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