Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery [via The New York Times]
Remember a few years back, when nearly half of the bees in the U.S. and across the world began disappearing? Turns out they weren’t aliens escaping a doomed Earth! Yesterday, military scientists and civilian entomologists announced the cause of what was previously referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder: a lethal tag team fungus and virus, harmless apart but deadly together. “ ‘It’s chicken and egg in a sense — we don’t know which came first,’ University of Montana professor Jerry Bromenshenk said of the virus-fungus combo — nor is it clear, he added, whether one malady weakens the bees enough to be finished off by the second, or whether they somehow compound the other’s destructive power. ‘They’re co-factors, that’s all we can say at the moment,’ he said. ‘They’re both present in all these collapsed colonies.’”
Before Auction, Lennon Has Brush With the F.B.I. [via The New York Times]
A pop-culture memorabilia shop in Manhattan opened an auction featuring items from Beatles star John Lennon, who was murdered some 30 years ago. A surprise came from the FBI, however, which seized a fingerprint card made during Lennon’s citizenship application in 1976 — opening bid, $100,000. A history professor noted that the government had observed Lennon closely for much of the time J. Edgar Hoover was in charge, but had declined significantly by 1976. A similar fingerprint card sold in 1991 for $4,125 with little fanfare.
Childbirth a Mystery to Young Brits [via The Guardian]
A new survey reveals many young Britons are clueless about the facts of life. 20 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds thought pregnancy lasts a year. Half expected babies to walk and talk within one year. 20 percent thought the umbilical cord is a musical note. 27 percent would consider genetic engineering if it means a better-looking baby.