Daily Archives: May 8, 2013

“Evolution vs. Creationism” free book exerpt

In honor of Genie Scott’s imminent retirement as Executive Director of the NCSE, you are hereby offered a free downloadable PDF excerpt form Genie’s classic book.

Click here to download the PDF.

Click here to read my review of the book.

Click here to find out about other books and resources related to creationism.

Click here to find some resources for life science teachers.

An Amazing Infographic on Coffee

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Click on the graphic to visit the source.

Bee loss be bad this year

In the united states, bee keepers lose a certain number of colonies over the winter. This is normal, but bee keepers maintain that losses of about 15 percent or less are “acceptable.” I don’t know what the logical or empirical basis for that number is, however.

Yesterday, the results of a report that surveys bee keepers in the US came out, and the total loss rate over the 2012/2013 winter was 31.1%. That’s a lot more than last year’s loss rate, but within the range of variation of loss over the last few years, as shown on this graph provided by “bee informed”:

Honey bee colony loss rate.
Honey bee colony loss rate.

This is not exactly the same thing as Colony Collapse Disorder, but overwintering loss is a different measure than overall colony loss. (It’s all related of course.)

The reason why this is important is that many crops rely on these honey bees for pollination.

The report cited here is preliminary, and there will be a more detailed version available in the near future.