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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