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Scientists discover what’s killing the bees

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees
Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposals are gaining in popularity across the political spectrum. The measures would see governments hand a set monthly income to every single citizen within a country, either in addition to existing benefits or in place of them (depending on the details of the particular UBI proposal). Left-wing fans favor UBI’s ability to eradicate absolute poverty, while right-wing libertarians are drawn to its simplicity and reduction in bureaucracy. In Silicon Valley, startup investment firm Y Combinator has plans to fund a basic income experiment in the US, while Finland announced last year it would conduct its own extensive experiment. But how feasible is UBI to implement in reality? We spoke to five UBI experts to get their take on the practicalities of the scheme. Matthew Zwolinski, associate professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego: The main changes we need to see to introduce UBI are largely conditions of public acceptability.

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More evidence links pesticides to honeybee losses Photo by Rebecca Reardon. It’s been three weeks since beekeepers filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove clothianidin — the pesticide widely suspected to be wreaking havoc on honeybee populations — from the market. In that time three studies have been released that strengthen the link between bee die-offs and neonicotinoids (neonics), the chemical family of which clothianidin is a member.

Red cabbage indicator Red cabbage indicator is the purple pigment that can be easily extracted from the red cabbage leaves and used in further experiments to find a pH value of the chemical solution or for titration experiments. It’s a nice and colorful tool for your home laboratory! The purple colour of red cabbage caused by substance called anthocyanin. Antocyanin and a large variety of similar pigments from the flavonoid family cause most of the color diversity in higher plants. Blue, yellow and red colors of flowers, fruits and autmn leaves are caused by those pigments.

How the threat to lions, leopards and wolves endangers us all They are the planet's most prolific killers – and also some of nature's most effective protectors. This is the stark conclusion of an international report that argues that lions, wolves, pumas, lynxes and other major carnivores play key roles in keeping ecosystems in balance. It also warns that the current depletion of numbers of major predators threatens to cause serious ecological problems across the globe. The paper, written by a group of 14 leading ecologists and biologists from the US, Europe and Australia and published in the journal Science, calls for the establishment of an international initiative to conserve large carnivores and help them to coexist with humans.

Intense thunderstorms likely to only become worse By Paul Brown for The Daily Climate LONDON – More intense thunderstorms combined with damaging winds are expected to occur because of climate change, according to speakers at the seventh European Conference on Severe Storms being held in Helsinki, Finland. But because thunderstorms are small in size on the scale of existing climate models it is not possible to tell whether they will also lead to more tornadoes and larger size hail – two of the most damaging problems associated with severe storms. In a warmer world, increases in surface temperature and moisture create conditions for more frequent – and intense – thunderstorms, researchers say.

Prayer Plants Care Tips - Houseplant Care Tips Common Name: Prayer Plant, Ten CommandmentsScientific Name: Maranta leuconeuraLighting: Moderate to LowWatering: Moderate to Heavy The Prayer plant is really a quite amazing plant. Its foliage is mainly a dark green with red variations of veins running through them. The amazing part of the Prayer plant is that at night, the leaves fold up.

Honey Bee Die-Off A federal study attributes the massive die-off in American honey bee colonies to a combination of factors, including pesticides, poor diet, parasites and a lack of genetic diversity. Nearly a third of honey bee colonies in the United States have been wiped out since 2006. The estimated value of crops lost if bees were no longer able to pollinate fruits and vegetables is around $15 billion. The report comes on the heels of an announcement Monday by the European Union that they are banning the use of pesticides that may be harmful to bees for two years. The measure is being closely watched here because the insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, have been in wide use for the past decade.

Super Easy and Natural Cure-All Master Tonic Recipe Cure-All Master Tonic Recipe from 1 part fresh chopped garlic1 part fresh chopped Onion1 part fresh grated Ginger Root1 part fresh grated Horseradish Root1 part fresh chopped Cayenne Peppers or any peppers available.Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw Unfiltered Unbleached Non-distilled) Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts by volume of the above fresh chopped and grated herbs. Then fill jar to the top with raw apple cider vinegar. Close and shake vigorously Shake at least once a day for two weeks, and then filter the mixture through a clean piece of cloth or filter, bottle and label. Coral Research Why Coral Reefs? Our survival depends directly upon the health of our global ecosystems. Coral covers only about 0.2 percent of the Earth’s surface, yet coral reefs support 25 percent of all marine life with more density of life in reefs than any in other ocean habitat. Our life as humans depends on coral reefs. More than a billion people depend directly on reefs for their livelihood. Coral reefs contribute over 30 billion dollars to the world economy each year.

14 Signs That the Collapse of Our Modern World has Already Begun A lot of people believed the world was going to end on December 23, 2012. Nonsense, I would say. The far more honest answer is that the end of the world as we know it has already begun. And it doesn’t mean the end of the world; it means the closing of one era and the birth of a new one. It is a transition between the ages. 12 Exotic Fruits and Vegetables for the Edible Landscape Looking for something unusual to include in the garden? Or maybe you have a section of fence that you’d like to cover with something useful? Here are 12 fruits and vegetables that are guaranteed to be a conversation piece. Dragon fruit.

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