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  • Two boys charged with destruction of half million bees at Sioux City honey business

    01/18/2018 9:03:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    Wild Hill Honey owners Justin and Tori Englehardt went to check on their 50 hives on the morning of Dec. 28 and found them all destroyed, resulting in more than $60,000 in damage to the business. The police department said Wednesday two boys, ages 12 and 13, have been arrested in connection with the incident, which drew ire from people across the country and garnered national and international media coverage. Because they were charged as juveniles, the suspects cannot be identified under state privacy law. Despite the crime taking place in a secluded area with no witnesses, police were able...
  • Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

    01/17/2018 2:17:34 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | January 16, 2018 | Dan Charles
    This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law. The law is the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. For some, especially Midwestern farmers, it's the key to creating clean energy from American soil and sun. For others — like many economists — it's a wasteful misuse of resources.
  • 200,000 Honey Bees Killed in Prunedale

    01/17/2018 12:44:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 17, 2018 | Sierra Starks
    A bee killer toppled 100 beehives in Prunedale and sprayed hundreds of thousands of honey bees with gasoline over the weekend. The honey bees were being kept on Mike Hickenbottom's Prunedale property along Eacho Valley Road during the winter. The bees are owned by a man who lives in the Central Valley, where it's too cold during winter months, and they like feeding from eucalyptus trees that flower on the Central Coast during this time of year. Advertisement Hickenbottom believes his neighbors were behind the incident, partially because they had complained to him three times. The bees are allowed to...
  • Hog heaven: Pigs put school food waste to good use

    01/14/2018 6:40:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Country Today ^ | Jan. 9, 2018 | Jenessa Freidhof
    The Tomorrow River School District second-grade classes raise pigs to help the district save money in recycling and provide an opportunity for students to learn more about where their food comes from. The second-grade classes at the Tomorrow River School District will be going into their third year of raising pigs. Each year, the school district finds a host family to raise the six pigs, using the kitchen scraps from the school lunch program. prevnext Three years ago, Mike Toelle, then elementary school principal and now superintendent in the Tomorrow River School District near Amherst, was looking for a way...
  • President Trump and Norwayphobia

    01/14/2018 3:09:52 AM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 18 replies
    Architect of Avalon ^ | 1/14/2018 | Architect of Avalon
    President Trump recently advocated that more immigrants from Norway be welcomed. His inclusiveness was met by vitriol and Norwayphobia from the bigoted Fake News Media.I stand with President Trump, and propose that all beautiful Norwegian women be given instant citizenship. Of course, that may be merited for beautiful women of other countries too. If you want to suggest other countries that have beautiful women to whom this policy should be applied, please do so in the comments below, following the rule that your case needs to be made with one or more pictures.
  • Deep, buried glaciers spotted on Mars

    01/11/2018 1:54:45 PM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    AFP ^ | 01/11/2018 | Staff
    Buried glaciers have been spotted on Mars, offering new hints about how much water may be accessible on the Red Planet and where it is located, researchers said Thursday. Although ice has long been known to exist on Mars, a better understanding of its depth and location could be vital to future human explorers, said the report in the US journal Science. "Astronauts could essentially just go there with a bucket and a shovel and get all the water they need," said co-author Shane Byrne of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson. A total of eight...
  • Wolf hearing gets off to tense start

    01/10/2018 4:06:19 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    Channel3000 ^ | 1-10-18 | Channel3000 Staff
    MADISON, WI - A public hearing on a Republican bill that would end state wolf management efforts is off to a tense start. Democratic Rep. Nick Milroy began the proceeding in front of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Wednesday by complaining that the bill's chief Assembly sponsor, Republican Adam Jarchow, didn't show up to address the panel. He said he was disgusted by Jarchow's absence. He said Jarchow proposed the bill simply to appeal to his conservative base as he heads into a special election for an open state Senate seat Tuesday. He questioned whether the committee's chairman, Rep. Joel...
  • Cancer targeted with reusable 'stinging nettle' treatment

    01/09/2018 12:14:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    phys.org ^ | January 9, 2018 | University of Warwick
    Representation of the organic-osmium compound, which is triggered using a non-toxic dose of sodium formate, a natural product found in many organisms, including nettles and ants. Credit: Dr James Coverdale/University of Warwick ================================================================================================================== Cancer cells can be destroyed more effectively and selectively with a unique new reusable treatment, activated with a substance found in stinging nettles and ants—thanks to new research by the University of Warwick. Led by Professor Peter J. Sadler from Warwick's Department of Chemistry, researchers have developed a new line of attack against cancer: an organic-osmium compound, which is triggered using a non-toxic dose of sodium formate,...
  • Thousands of flying foxes fall from sky after being ‘boiled alive’ in sweltering Australia heatwave

    01/08/2018 10:46:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 73 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | Updated: 8th January 2018, 12:44 pm | By Sam Webb
    THOUSANDS of flying foxes died in an Australian heatwave so severe it has melted tarmac. The animals fell from the trees as they were boiled alive in temperatures exceeding 40C in Campbelltown in New South Wales. Animal welfare volunteers battled to save the lives of the hundreds of babies and some adults in distress but the death toll is believed to be in the thousands. A spokesman from the charity Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown said: "The efforts of our volunteers yesterday was both heroic and heartbreaking. "In extremely trying conditions they worked tirelessly to provide sub-cutaneous...
  • ike Tyson Preparing to Revolutionize Marijuana Industry, Breaks Ground on ‘Tyson Ranch’

    01/03/2018 7:37:14 AM PST · by bgill · 46 replies
    theblast ^ | Jan. 1, 2018 | Gary Trock
    Mike Tyson is starting the New Year with green on his mind, because he’s leading the charge on a cannabis resort that aims at not only producing high quality strains of THC and CBD, but also implementing cutting-edge technology to advance the research on the health benefits of marijuana...California City is expecting a big boom in cannabis production and development as the “Green Rush” hits California now that marijuana is officially legal as of midnight. We’re told Tyson Ranch will be dedicating 20 acres of their land for cultivation facilities that “will allow master growers to have maximum control of...
  • Woman, 67, who battled blood cancer for five years 'recovers after treating it with TURMERIC'

    01/03/2018 6:56:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 04:33 EST, 3 January 2018 | By Ben Spencer, Medical Correspondent
    A woman who battled blood cancer for years without success finally halted the disease with turmeric, it has been reported. Dieneke Ferguson is now leading a normal life after giving up on gruelling treatments that failed to stop it. Doctors say her case is the first recorded instance in which a patient has recovered by using the spice after stopping conventional medical treatments. With her myeloma spreading rapidly after three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell transplants, the 67-year-old began taking 8g of curcumin a day – one of the main compounds in turmeric. The cancer, which has an...
  • Conservatives 2017 and Conservatives 2018 (Serengeti)(Vanity)(Your photo analogy?)

    12/31/2017 4:00:18 PM PST · by txhurl · 13 replies
    pendulum laws of nature ^ | 12-31-2017 | jungle
    Next Year: The Left desperately tracks up Papadopoulos to explain their year, LOL! What's your pictorial comparison of '17 v. '18?
  • Korea dog meat campaigners accused of barking up wrong tree

    12/27/2017 8:50:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/27/2017 | Staff
    Barking at their rescuers, labradors, beagles and mongrels desperately scrambled out of rusty cages in South Korea: saved from the dinner plate by a deal with dog-meat farmer Kim Young-Hwan. In the face of falling demand, Kim agreed to close his establishment in exchange for compensation from US-based Humane Society International (HSI). The dogs are bound for a new life in adoptive homes in the West. He is the 10th canine-meat farmer to accept such an offer in three years. The exact sums are confidential, but each deal requires hundreds of thousands of dollars once adoption costs are included. "This...
  • Feds Keep Proposed Minnesota Copper Mine Plan Alive

    12/22/2017 8:55:46 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 112/22/17 | AP
    The Trump administration has resurrected an effort to build the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. Last December, the Obama administration declined to renew the long-standing leases that the company needs for the underground mine it wants to build near Ely. But an in opinion published Friday, a top attorney at the U.S. Interior Department concluded the Bureau of Land Management erred last year when it concluded that BLM had the power to grant or deny the lease renewals. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the reversal means the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service must reconsider Twin Metals'...
  • Question on Iowa Causus 2016

    12/22/2017 11:43:53 AM PST · by ConservativeDude · 3 replies
    Can someone remind me...in the Iowa caucus in 2016...
  • New snake species hiding in plain sight

    12/21/2017 8:32:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 21, 2017 | by Robin Lally, Rutgers University
    Samuel McDowell, the late herpetologist and professor at Rutgers-Newark, spent a good part of his life studying ground snakes in New Guinea. Forty years later, Sara Ruane – who joined the Department of Biological Sciences faculty last semester – was able to find evidence that the snakes McDowell studied were, in fact, a new species of reptiles that have been hiding in plain sight. In research published in the Journal of Natural History, Ruane used DNA sequencing from five different genes, combined it with morphological information from preserved museum snake specimens, some of which McDowell examined in the 1970s, and...
  • How Do You Say Pecan? Mapping Food Dialect Trends Across the U.S.

    12/20/2017 1:07:03 PM PST · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    www.farmflavor.com ^ | June 6, 2013 | By Jessy Yancey
    See this nut? We’ve posted about how pecans are grown, their nutritional benefits and our favorite pecan recipes, but we’ve never really discussed a popular topic of debate: Are they pee-KAHNs, pee-CANs, PEE-cans, pick-AHNs or some other pronunciation? How do YOU say pecan? ==================================================================================================================== Turns out, it depends on where you’re from. Joshua Katz, a doctoral student studying statistics at NC State University, recently created interactive dialect maps using data from Bert Vaux at the University of Cambridge. For example, check out the map showing how people pronounce “pecan”: =================================================================================================================== It shows that pee-KAHN is dominant nationwide, but in areas...
  • Hungry for accountability: Fixing fraud in food stamps

    12/20/2017 12:31:15 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12-19-2017 | Leslie K. Paige
    The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program, is once again becoming a battleground for fiscal conservatives, welfare reformers, big-government advocates, and the food police. As Congress begins the process of re-authorization of the next Farm Bill, the skirmishes will become more intense, since SNAP makes up 80 percent of the total cost of the legislation. There are several issues that need to be addressed, starting with the bureaucratic nightmare of administering and overseeing the program. The Government Accountability Office has repeatedly highlighted lax oversight systems, caused in part by the dual jurisdiction over the program....
  • Ancient Poo Is The First-Ever Confirmation Hippocrates Was Right About Parasites

    12/18/2017 11:10:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 18 DEC 2017 | MICHELLE STARR
    You've probably been wondering about this for a while: did the Ancient Greeks ever get intestinal worms like we do today? The answer, we can now tell you, is an unequivocal yes. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have examined Ancient Greek human remains from burials on the island of Kea and found evidence of parasites - confirming the writings of Hippocrates 2,500 years ago. Hippocrates, the famous physician and "Father of Western Medicine" who lived from around 460 to 370 BCE, wrote of many different diseases in the Hippocratic Corpus. Medicine was vastly different back then, and the descriptions...
  • Do not eat your veggies — if they are grown in your front yard, Miami Shores says

    12/12/2017 1:45:22 PM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | 12/12/2017 | By LINDA ROBERTSON
    Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll may grow fruit trees and flowers in the front yard of their Miami Shores house. They may park a boat or jet ski in their driveway. They may place statues, fountains, gnomes, pink flamingoes or Santa in a Speedo on their property. Vegetables, however, are not allowed. Ricketts and Carroll thought they were gardeners when they grew tomatoes, beets, scallions, spinach, kale and multiple varieties of Asian cabbage. But according to a village ordinance that restricts edible plants to backyards only, they were actually criminals. They didnÂ’t think they were engaged in a...