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Bumblebee Colonies Which Are Fast Learners Are Also Better Able To Fight Off Infection

Bumblebee colonies which are fast learners are also better able to fight off infection, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Leicester.
© Nigel RaineFast learning bees fight off infection.

Dr Nigel Raine from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and Akram Alghamdi, Ezio Rosato and Eamonn Mallon from the University of Leicester tested the learning performance and immune responses of bumblebees from twelve colonies.

The team tested the ability of 180 bees to learn that yellow flowers provided the biggest nectar rewards, and to ignore blue flowers. To test the evolutionary relationship between learning and immunity, they also took workers from the same colonies and tested their immune response against bacterial infection.


US: Small earthquake hits Hot Spring County

Rockport - Federal officials say a 2.7-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday night near the community of Magnet Cove in Hot Spring County.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake hit three miles northeast of Rockport and five miles north-northeast of Malvern at 9 p.m. The USGS says the earthquake started about 3.1 miles underground.


Otto the octopus wreaks havoc

A octopus has caused havoc in his aquarium by performing juggling tricks using his fellow occupants, smashing rocks against the glass and turning off the power by shortcircuiting a lamp.
© Europics

Staff believe that the octopus called Otto had been annoyed by the bright light shining into his aquarium and had discovered he could extinguish it by climbing onto the rim of his tank and squirting a jet of water in its direction.

Cloud Lightning

SOTT Focus: Hailstorm of Ice and Followed by Rain of Lies

Comment: This is a story about a freak cold weather incident that is rather astonishing and at the end, to stave off reasonable doubt about global warming, which would creep into the mind of anyone who has been paying attention to the actual data regarding the state of our planet, someone decides to throw in some of the most ridiculous propaganda we have ever read considering the story that includes it.

Read and weep with despair at the lies being delivered to the public without a blush, and the public that doesn't immediately boycott all mainstream media in protest!

Hailstorm swamps one small town in 6ft drifts - and it's still only October

© Daily MailHailstones pelted down burying cars in a sea of ice in Ottery St Mary, Devon
© Apex News and PicturesCars buried under three feet of hail stones in the town of Ottery St Mary
These astonishing scenes are the aftermath of a deluge of hailstones that buried a town in a river of ice.

Ottery St Mary, in Devon, was plunged into chaos by the storm in the early hours yesterday.

First, the area was battered by an astonishing 12in of hail in just two hours. This blocked drains, which led to widespread flooding as the rain began to fall.

More than 100 people had to be evacuated from their homes and 25 were airlifted to safety or rescued by firefighters.

Bizarro Earth

US: Rare aftershocks persist in North Texas

Northern Texas has been getting more rare earth tremors, one day after several minor earthquakes made Halloween memorable for some people in the area.

Two almost simultaneous aftershocks were centered beneath Grand Prairie and Irving just before 7 a.m. Saturday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Grand Prairie quake measured 2.5 magnitude and the Irving quake came in at 2.7.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Rocks Papua New Guinea, USGS Reports

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea today, about 691 kilometers (428 miles) northeast of the capital, Port Moresby, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The temblor struck at 11:13 a.m. local time at the depth of 10 kilometers in the Bismarck Sea, the USGS said on its Web site. No tsunami warning was issued. A similar magnitude quake was also reported on Oct. 28, it said.


"Global Warming" Has Stopped

In a blog post, Bill Chameides says "global warming" is still happening. It isn't. As the global temperature graph below shows, all four of the world's major global surface temperature datasets (NASA GISS; RSS; UAH; and Hadley/University of East Anglia) show a decline in temperatures that have now persisted for seven years.

Better Earth

Global Cooling is Here! Evidence for Predicting Global Cooling for the Next Three Decades

In 2007-2008, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC) and computer modelers who believe that CO2 is the cause of global warming still predict the Earth is in store for catastrophic warming in this century. IPCC computer models have predicted global warming of 1F per decade and 5-6C (10-11F) by 2100, which would cause global catastrophe with ramifications for human life, natural habitat, energy and water resources, and food production. All of this is predicated on the assumption that global warming is caused by increasing atmospheric CO2 and that CO2 will continue to rise rapidly.


One dead, thousands without power and the first October snow in London in 74 YEARS as Arctic blast sweeps across UK

One man was killed and thousands were left without power today after inches of snow fell across the country overnight.

Just two days after the end of British Summertime, the first snowfall of the year saw a lorry driver killed when his vehicle collided with another lorry on the M40 in Buckinghamshire.

Tonnes of lard being carried in one of the lorries was left strewn over all six lanes of the motorway causing long delays.


Experts predicted record low for area; Red Cross urges safety as temperatures drop

Florida, US -
An article of clothing Cape Coral may have forgotten existed over the scorching hot summer - the jacket - is making an early comeback this week as record-cold weather comes to town.

Forecasters predicted temperatures would hit a low of about 45 degrees Tuesday night. It has been colder before in Southwest Florida, but not in October.

The record low for Oct. 29 in the Fort Myers area is 47 degrees, according to Charlie Paxton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service - that was in 1910.

"That would be the coldest since (weather) records began in 1902," Paxton said.