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German Airports Use Bees To Monitor Air Quality 44

The Düsseldorf International Airport and seven other airports in Germany have come up with a unique way of monitoring air quality; they use bees. The airports test the bees' honey twice a year for toxins, and batches that turn up clean are bottled and given away. From the article: "Assessing environmental health using bees as 'terrestrial bioindicators' is a fairly new undertaking, said Jamie Ellis, assistant professor of entomology at the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory, University of Florida in Gainesville. 'We all believe it can be done, but translating the results into real-world solutions or answers may be a little premature.' Still, similar work with insects to gauge water quality has long been successful."
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Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy 94

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a production crew from Little Mountain Productions, a 9-year-old is getting the best fort ever. The crew is making him a Star Wars-themed fort with a gigantic Millennium Falcon with solar-powered LED interior and exterior lighting to sit on top. No word on how fast it can make the Kessel run, but lets hope the kid gets a long trip.

Comment Re:My office mate from India (Score 3, Informative) 355

it's not really that common, frankly....it's not 'common' at all...if you had to ask me, but you'd rather believe a wandering comedian than me wouldn't you? think about it. im indian btw. in 'red, white and brown' Mr. Peters made some pretty strange 'accusations' about india, which, not exactly 'offended', but intrigued/confused a lot of us, while watching it me and my friends were like "huh?" "whats he saying?" and "what a load of bullcrap! (jovially)" :-P so i guess the point im trying to make is, he is not, the best source of 'information' about a country :)

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