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Bee population decline linked to a Virus

Bee population decline linked to a Virus

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[Best Syndication] Researchers have new understandings as to what may be causing the death tens of billions of honeybees. Previous conjecture of the massive reduction of the bee population was linked to cell phones. Researchers from Columbia University have pinpointed a virus that would cause the death of so many bees.

The researchers were able to use a Genome Sequencer™ system to identify the virus. The study is called, "A metagenomic survey of microbes in honey bee colony collapse disorder." It can be read in the online edition of Science.

Dr. Ian Lipkin, Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health along with his colleagues sequenced 454 DNA and RNA samples that were collected from bee colonies. In this study, they were able to identify five major bacterial clusters, four different fungi and seven varieties of viruses.

Hurricane Dean Heads Towards Gulf of Mexico – Cancun Tourists Leaving - Category 5 Storm Projected Path

Hurricane Dean Heads Towards Gulf of Mexico – Cancun Tourists Leaving As Category 5 Storm Approaches – Belize Texas

Hurricane Dean Forcast Projected Path

(Best Syndication) Hurricane Dean is expected to hit Belize and the Mexican mainland on Monday night into Tuesday with category 5 winds. The storm caused nine deaths in the Caribbean as it crossed the Lower Antilles and passed southern Jamaica.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that they have had communications problems with their aircraft but “Dean should reach category-5 status before making landfall.” But it does not end in Mexico, according to the report. Although the storm will weaken as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula, it is “expected to maintain hurricane strength” as it enters the Gulf of Mexico.

Utah Mine Disaster Looks More Bleak Sunday As Families Told Of Situation – Crandall Canyon Press Conference

Utah Mine Disaster Looks More Bleak Sunday As Families Told Of Situation – Crandall Canyon Press Conference

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(Best Syndication) Hopes of recovering the lost coalminers in the collapse of the Crandall Canyon Coal Mine in Utah are diminishing after company spokespeople said Sunday that "It's likely these miners may not be found." Rob Moore, vice president of Murray Energy Corp., co-owner of the Crandall Canyon Mine conceded this bleak assessment at a press conference.

The latest drilling effort has not been encouraging. The company bored more than 1,500 feet into the mountainside and found insufficient oxygen to support life. There has been no evidence so far that the original six trapped miners had survived, and the rescue effort has cost three more lives.

Hurricane Dean Hits Jamaica – Projected Path Into Gulf Of Mexico – Oil Platforms Being Evacuated Of Texas Coast

Hurricane Dean Hits Jamaica – Projected Path Into Gulf Of Mexico – Oil Platforms Being Evacuated Of Texas Coast

Projected Path

(Best Syndication) Hurricane Dean is bearing down on the southern portion of Jamaica at this time. The category-4 hurricane is huge, measuring nearly 400 miles in diameter. Southern Jamaica can expect gusts in excess of 140 mph into Sunday night. So far the northern portion of the island near Montego Bay has not been hit as hard and wind gusts of 85 mph are expected.

The projected path of the hurricane is becoming clearer now. Last week, Best Syndication reported that some computer models predicted Dean would travel over the northern portion of the island. It now appears that the capital and the southern portion of Jamaica will take the brunt of the damaging winds.

Category 3 Hurricane Dean Heads Towards Gulf Of Mexico And Possibly Texas or New Orleans – Projected Path North West

Category 3 Hurricane Dean Heads Towards Gulf Of Mexico And Possibly Texas or New Orleans – Projected Path North West

Dean Projected Path

(Best Syndication) The first hurricane of the season, Dean, has blown into the Caribbean Sea knocking out power and causing landslides in the Lower Antilles. Some projections have the hurricane becoming a category 5 hurricane upon entering the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Dean is currently a category 3 storm.

Hurricane hunters have entered the storm and have reported wind speeds of 125 knots (140 mph). Since the winds are faster at higher altitudes they calculate the winds at sea level to be about 125 mph. Currently Dean is headed towards Cancun and then possibly towards Texas or Cuba. Over the past couple hours the models have shifted the direction of the storm to the north of Jamaica. Even some models have it going even further east towards New Orleans.

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