A Very Short Post about Bees, Bombs, Babies and Other Sundry Things

I read with interest the other day that bee venom could be used to detect explosives.

Research on this subject is being conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology .  Apparently there are protein fragments called bombolitins which are present in bee venom.

 These bombolitins ‘can be used to detect single molecules of nitro-aromatic explosives, such as TNT. If applied to security sensors at such human hives like airports, the bombolitins will increase the sensitivity of the sensors, making them much more effective’.

I wish we could make some discovery that would decrease the compelling desire that some people have, to manufacture and use explosives, in the first place. 

Then we would not have to invent innovative devices to detect them.

 But that would be too much to wish for, I suppose.

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Not many could have missed reading about the CBI Goof-up in the Purulia arms drop case.

A two-member CBI team has gone to Copenhagen to request the extradition of Kim Davey who is the main accused in the case.

The team landed in the Danish capital on Monday with a warrant that had expired on January 3rd this year.

They discovered the blunder only after Davy’s counsel pointed it out during the  ongoing trial in Denmark’s Supreme Court. The Denmark  Supreme Court  is hearing an appeal by the government there against a lower court order that had blocked Davy’s extradition to India.

Needless to say, the government is blaming the CBI and the CBI is blaming the government.

 In short, everyone is blaming everyone else.

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In other news we find that the young people of today have truly become the internet generation. One young  couple in central Israel have named their new baby girl “Like” after the Facebook button.

Like’s mother says, “It’s short and sweet.  It’s very important to me and to my husband that the names we give our children are unique, creative and totally new”.

Interesting choice!

Do you ‘Like’ it?

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[Image of Honey bee courtesy Wikimedia Commons]

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9 thoughts on “A Very Short Post about Bees, Bombs, Babies and Other Sundry Things”

  1. That was a great piece of compilation. Loved the argument about not manufacturing bombs to make it redundant to find ways to sniff them out. And Like? ‘Liked’ it! 😀

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    1. Thanks!

      About bombs, etc.- I think that our efforts to detect them are always going to fall short. People seem to keep on thinking up new ways of avoiding detection. 😦

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  2. I have a computer programming friend who named is son “Linux”. Sounded enough like the english name “Linus” I didn’t think too much about it. Guess “Like” was just a matter of time? (then again, in the 60’s I had a friend named “Leaf”. Not a name that really caught on…)

    agree re: wish we could avoid using bombs in the first place. Guess it is a different world in some ways that I remember from when I was younger. Do I “remember” selectively? perhaps. perhaps these parts were always there but overlooked. or something.

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  3. Your header is beautiful, Manju!

    Bee venom to detect explosives- news is interesting! Yes, what you dream is right, Manju.

    They are going to arrest with an expired warrant? Nobody is sincere in their work.

    ‘Like’ is ‘creative’? Funny!

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    1. Thanks! I took this photo from inside the car- it came out half blurry! 😀

      There are so many such news reports about the CBI nowadays. As you say, nobody does their work sincerely!

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  4. I wish we could make some discovery that would decrease the compelling desire that some people have, to manufacture and use explosives, in the first place.

    How I wish too… but then arent nations too doing the same in the name of defense or offense?
    so as you said, it shall remain only as a wish!

    A bee should have some unique ability if it is be able to detect it’s food from far off.. I hope this research helps the world and none comes out smarter than the bees / venom 🙂

    Someone rightly named CBI, Central Bungling Investigation and the MHA Ministry of Hotch-potch, Hazy, Hilarious or plain Ham-handed ..

    There is no seriousness at all about any affairs..
    Our nation has such a Happy Go Lucky attitude that sometimes I wonder if India is heaven on earth?

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