Seth Borenstein clears the air of bad buzz
on cell phones and imaginary Einstein quote.
(For some basic info on bees, here is a bit more than most will want to know
, but I found it interesting since I once had a bee colony in the walls of my home
AP - Associated Press May 4, 2007 update
. . . [there were] erroneous reports blaming cell phones for the honeybee die-off, which scientists are calling Colony Collapse Disorder.
. . .
The scientist who wrote the paper, Stefan Kimmel, e-mailed The Associated Press to say that there is "no link between our tiny little study and the CCD-phenomenon ... anything else said or written is a lie."
. . .
[ Re the Einstein quote ]
First, Einstein probably never said it, according to Alice Calaprice, author of "The Quotable Einstein" and five other
books on the physicist. . . .
Jeff Pettis, at U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, points out he can't get a cell phone signal in the remote areas where hives are generally held, and he points out that some food is wind-pollinated, so there'd be food left.
BUT, just TWO days earlier, Seth Borenstein's AP story of May 2
started off with this:
"Unless someone or something stops it soon,
the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet."
Here's a radio discussion
, by several university researchers, of the vanishing bees dilemma.
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