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... Read More
The part of my country is reeling under extreme difficulties… part of my country for last seven days the people are dying due to incessant rain and the resultant landslide and flash flood… The land where the holy shrine of Kedarnath and Hemkunt Sahib are located has turned into a killing field…The part of my country is yelling for aid…The part of my country is torn beyond human sufferings…The corpses are littered everywhere…Town, villages and small hamlets are obliterated from the ground… The devastation and destruction is of unimaginable scale; which, in their living memories people of that... Read More
We linger in the dark after coffee, among deserted café chairs of bleached wooden slats, tables and simple benches. The air smells of seaweed, salt and garlic. The night cries of wheeling gulls float across Moeraki Harbour – ‘sleepy sky’ in Maori – as little blue penguins nest between waterline rocks at our feet.
The café waitress has suggested we seek out a guide: “an odd loner who drops by every year.” So today we meet Neville; a pasty-faced, man with a confident, slow-talking manner offset by that peculiar Kiwi lilt. “You’re wondering what I’m doing down here?” We’re not, but my girlfriend... Read More
The Elephant Bird egg was expected to fech around $50,000 though sold for over double at a Christie's auction on April 24th.
If you aren't familiar with Elephant Birds, you're not alone, elephant birds were a family of large to enormous, flightless birds that once lived on the island of Madagascar. They became extinct, in the 17th or 18th century, for reasons that are unclear, although some believe that they were hunted by humans out of existence.
Experts at Christie's say Elephant Bird eggs are the largest the world has ever seen, even larger than those laid by dinosaurs. The... Read More
Arnold Schwarzenegger is turning into a climate action hero.The Hollywood actor and former California governor recently launched the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, whose stated mission is "advancing post-partisanship, where leaders put people over political parties and work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people they serve."
One of the five policy areas the Institute focuses on is energy and the environment and since one of their guiding principles is that "science and evidence have an important role... Read More
In december 2010 General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid vehicle! Also known as "Opel/Vauxhall Ampera" in Europe and "Holden Volt" in Australia. The Volt is powered by a lithium-ion battery and a 1.4 liter engine, acting as a generator to extend the range to 400 miles. Recharging takes up to 4 hours on a 240-volt supply. That's how the newest member of the Chevy family was introduced in 2010."The best sign of a great product is when your customers are the most satisfied in the industry. Volt owners have found the Volt is not only fun to drive, but provides technology... Read More
A lot of people are detached from the world and taking cold showers while their basements are filled with mud and worse as many people are smelling and seeing oil as well. People are getting in fights at gas stations over who is next, as human emotion is getting the best of people. Very chaotic time in NY/NJ, many people lost their cars from this storm as they just floated away. I saw a report that the subways could be partially back tomorrow, but some are still under water still right now. As I look in the East River right now it has been high tide for days in a row here. Hopefully it goes... Read More
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