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Comment: Re:What is normal and how many were born? (Score 4, Informative) 220 220

Reading the article reveals this... "In an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Bee Informed Partnership, a consortium of universities and research laboratories, about 5,000 beekeepers reported losing 42.1 percent of their colonies in the 12-month period that ended in April. That is well above the 34.2 percent loss reported for the same period in 2013 and 2014, and it is the second-highest loss recorded since year-round surveys began in 2010."

Comment: Re:Those who ignore history... (Score 5, Interesting) 160 160

It's kinda hard for me to ignore this bit of history. My mother was a Lab Technician in Oak Ridge during WWII (yes, I'm an older geek). Anyway, I grew up hearing stories from her about working in Oak Ridge and from my Dad about the war in Europe...so this "history" has a certain immediacy for me. Frankly, I think a museum about the Manhattan Project is a wonderful idea. Maybe it makes some people uncomfortable to talk about it but it IS our history and should never be forgotten. Got save us from preserving (and teaching) an edited "good parts" history that doesn't give the unvarnished truth. Those were difficult years and they needed difficult decisions. We need to remember that so that we can learn from it.

Comment: Re:I think this is great. (Score 1) 240 240

TRUTH!!!! My youngest son just completed his Senior season of soccer. By the fast-twitch muscle theory, he shouldn't be a good soccer player but he is. On the soccer field, just about every other player is quicker off the line than him but any distance over about 10 yards, my son can run down any player on the field (his other sport is track where he's a distance runner). He has the stamina to stay in the entire game - and as a defensive mid, that's pretty good since his 'position' is the middle half of the field. Add in a knack for being able to stick like Velcro to whatever opposing player he's covering even if that player is behind him and you start to understand why his team voted him Best Defensive Player. But he shouldn't be as good as he is. He is that good because he loves the game and he really applies himself to it - something that test won't test for.

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