Reports are still sketchy and investigations are underway but one thing is clear since last summer the North American bee population has decreased by 40, 60, and even as much as 70 percent in some areas. Hundreds of millions of bees disappeared and/or died over the winter. Honey farms across the county are reporting thousands of hives decimated and not one person, farmer or scientist, can conclusively explain why.
Theories are flying and speculations range from cell phone signals messing with the bees communications to each other, to a bee version of a pandemic such as Aids. Even abusive handling,... Read More
Ham Radio is Alive and Well!
This might come as a surprise, but the "internet of the 1950s", Amateur Radio, is still alive and kicking.
Before you start to yawn, every Bay-to-Breakers race since day one, every major civic activity involving masses of people has been monitored by the Amateur Radio Service. Amateur Radio has been responsible for health and wellfare traffic that got authorities to the scene of many catrastophies here in the Bay Area-- and beyond. In the process it has saved many lives.
It is largely an unseen force but in the Bay Area there are slightly fewer than 4000 licensed... Read More
Whether it is by design, or the slow natural progression of point mutations and adaptation, the vagina has developed natural enemies whose goal is simple: to prey upon and ultimately conquer the vagina. After years of observationâ€”the extent of which rivals the ethnographic studies of the Yanomamo of the Brazilian rain forestâ€”I am happy to report that a conclusive list of the natural enemies of the vagina has been created, the publication of which I hope, nay pray, will inform, and through that information, prepare women everywhere to meet the threats head-on. THE VENUS FLYTRAP (ALSO KNOWN... Read More
We live in a time when the Radio Frequency (RF) environment is becoming increasingly congested. In order for radio signals to travel they require antennas. As I tap this out, the antenna on my computer is exchanging information with an access point, that point is connected by more antennas to what we have come to know as the internet.
Television viewing, radio listening, require antennas as do wireless telephonephones, as do cordless telephones. We cannot put an exact time when the aeriel first appeared, but, conveniently, let us say with Marconi at the beginning of the twentieth... Read More
Two whales that lost their way more than ten days ago are now circling near a Sacramento River bridge about 70 miles from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
At first, scientists suggested banging pipes underwater to scare the whales toward the ocean, but that hasnâ€™t seemed to move them. Now experts have come up with a second method that theyâ€™re confident will work.
â€œWeâ€™ve decided to really frighten and disgust the whales, so that theyâ€™ll leave this river and never came back,â€ said Hemma Rhoidal, spokesperson for WAPT (Whales Are People Too), an organization that assists whales... Read More
Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Alabama, once the world's largest, suffered a setback today (5/24/2007) after its Unit 1 reactor was shutdown due to a hydraulic fluid leak. All three of the units at Browns-Ferry were shut down in 1985 after one of the nation's worst nuclear accidents in history. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which owns the plant, spent six years refurbishing one reactor under strict scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and reopened a second in 1995; Unit 1 was approved for restart on May 15, 2007 by the NRC.
The restart of Unit 1 has been hailed as a triumph... Read More
According to the LiveScience website today (5/23/2007), professor Mark Brosnan has concluded that students with longer index-fingers-than-ring-fingers can expect to score higher on the verbal/reading/writing portions of the SAT than on the verbal/reading/writing portions, and children with longer ring fingers than index fingers will likely score higher on the math sections of the exam. Professor Brosnan teaches psychology at the University of Bath; that begs the question what was he doing when he decided such a topic deserved study.
It is not particularly news that the difference in length between... Read More