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Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought.
As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.
Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once…
A Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over:
In his weekly editorial, the director of the Holy See Press Office welcomed “Baby 7 Billion” into the world.
“We want to tell you that you are unique and special, that you are a wonderful gift, that you are a miracle, that your spirit will live for ever, and so you are welcome,” said Father Federico Lombardi. “We hope that when you smile someone will respond to your smile, and when you cry someone will caress you. We hope you can go to school and that you won’t go hungry … We pray that you can understand that your life will find its fullest meaning not in this world but in the next.”
“Because this is what you were born for,” he added. “Your Creator and Father made you for this. We will do our part to make this possible; but you will have to do your part, too, because your future will also depend on you and the choices you make–and it will be up to you to welcome baby eight billion.”
Vatican Radio has more on the above here.
“Ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about (God) more. And I find myself believing a bit more. Maybe it’s because I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear,” Isaacson quoted Jobs as saying.
“Then he paused for a second and he said ‘yeah, but sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone,” Isaacson said of Jobs. “He paused again, and he said: And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.”
The Telegraph also has the report:
Steve Jobs’s hope that there might be an afterlife led him to avoid putting simple “on/off” switches on Apple’s best-known devices, his biographer has disclosed.
The late Apple chief executive said that despite being only “50/50″ about the existence of God, he found himself “believing a bit more” in life after death after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
In the past, Mr Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, “I saw my life as an arc and that it would end and compared to that, nothing mattered.
“You’re born alone, you’re going to die alone,” he said. “And does anything else really matter? I mean what is it exactly is it that you have to lose Steve? You know? There’s nothing.”
However Mr Jobs’s views softened after he became ill, Mr Isaacson told a CBS 60 Minutes programme marking the release of the book ‘Steve Jobs’ on Monday.
“Maybe it’s ‘cos I want to believe in an afterlife,” he recalled Mr Jobs saying. “That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on.
But sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone.
“And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.”
Many Apple products, such as the iPhone and the MacBook, were designed to be put on standby or “to sleep” when not in use, some feature a pulsating light to signal that they can quickly be revived…
Well Mr Jobs, there is an afterlife and you’re experiencing it as I type these words. Hopefully you discovered this Truth and the Source of that life, before you left this temporary earthly existence.
In the USA that is:
Weather disasters and quakes: who’s most at risk? The analysis below, by Sperling’s Best Places, a publisher of city rankings, is an attempt to assess a combination of those risks in 379 American metro areas. Risks for twisters and hurricanes (including storms from hurricane remnants) are based on historical data showing where storms occurred. Earthquake risks are based on United States Geological Survey assessments and take into account the relative infrequency of quakes, compared with weather events and floods. Additional hazards included in this analysis: flooding, drought, hail and other extreme weather.
The above was in the New York Times.
Corvalles? All rather pointless though… Move to one of those ‘safe’ spots and get hit by a bus, or have a heart-attack, or fall foul of a myriad of other possible ‘disaster’s', be they natural, or not.