Averting Beemageddon

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought.

Quartz reports:

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…

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Drive-Thru Prayers

Just right for a convenience maddened culture. In the Huff Post:

The Sonrise Worship Center in Lutz, Florida, offers on-the-go coffee and comfort to worshippers in a hurry, reports Patch. Their forthright signs feature simple slogans like, “Need God’s Guidance?” “Drive-Thru Prayer: Turn Here,” and “Free Prayer Ahead.”

For such a simple concept, the response has been very moving. Rather than stopping for a cheeseburger, these motorists pause for genuine spiritual comfort when life takes a wrong turn. The church’s Facebook page states, “Prayer on the go or not is #powerful.”

Pastor Tyson Prater relates, “A lady was on her way to the hospital, as her husband had just had a heart attack, and she was literally following the ambulance to the hospital, saw our sign, pulled in and asked us to pray for her and her husband.”

Drivers can warm their bodies as well as their souls by making a pit-stop, as the church hands out free cups of coffee along with their spiritual support.

What a fuzzy, useless, substanceless experience.