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Did scientists just solve the bee collapse mystery? | MotherJones.com

Did scientists just solve the bee collapse mystery? | MotherJones.com | Bits 'O Web | Scoop.it
It's a hard-knock life, scouring the landscape for pollen to sustain a beehive. Alight upon the wrong field, and you might encounter fungicides, increasingly used on corn and soybean crops, and shown to harm honeybees at tiny levels. Get hauled in to pollinate California's vast almond groves, as 60 percent of US honeybees do, and you'll likely make contact with a group of chemicals called adjuvants—allegedly "inert" pesticide additives that have emerged as a prime suspect for a large bee die-off during this year's almond bloom.The hardest-to-avoid menace of all might be the neonicotinoid class of pesticides, widely used not only on big Midwestern crops like corn and soybeans but also on cotton, sorghum, sugar beets, apples, cherries, peaches, oranges, berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, and potatoes. They're even common in yard and landscaping products. I've written before about the growing weight of science linking these lucrative pesticides, marketed by European agrichemical giants Bayer and Syngenta, to declining bee health, including the annual die-offs known as colony collapse disorder, which began in the winter of 2005-06.And now, a new Harvard study fingers neonics as the key driver of colony collapse disorder.Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Glad they're finally getting some insight on this issue. Truly detrimental in the natural food chain. These little guys have been disappearing at an alarming rate.
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Competition, Narcissism and Personal Branding | News | eZanga.com

Competition, Narcissism and Personal Branding | News | eZanga.com | Bits 'O Web | Scoop.it
“ Like it or not, you are a brand and you want it to work for you. To succeed with personal branding, you have to be a bit of a narcissist.”
Via Francesco Venier - checovenier.com
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Very true!!!
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Air-purifying billboard does the work of 1,200 trees | GizMag.com

Air-purifying billboard does the work of 1,200 trees | GizMag.com | Bits 'O Web | Scoop.it
Billboards could do more than just advertise, if scientists at the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Peru have their way. While UTEC's earlier billboard produced drinkable water, its latest creation scrubs the air free of pollutants. According to the team, a single billboard can do the work of 1,200 trees, purifying 100,000 cubic meters (3.5 million cubic feet) of air daily in crowded cities.The University has installed its first air-purifying billboard near a construction zone in Lima, a city that's famous for having the worst air quality in all of South America. The billboard works by combining polluted air with water, using basic thermodynamic principles to actively dissolve the pollutants (such as bacteria, dust and germs) in water to release fresh air.The scientists claim that their billboard filtered around 500,000 cubic meters of air within one week in March, scrubbing it free of 99 percent of its airborne bacteria. The effects of the billboard can be experienced, the team says, within a 5-block radius, benefiting both construction workers and the area's residents. The extracted pollutants are held for analysis, presumably with a view to creating more effective billboards in the future.Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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It's just so amazing what we are able to come up with in modern research.
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