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Posted: 04 August 2012 04:48 AM   [ Ignore ]
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An interesting tidbit for the true wine connoisseurs.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/08/02/157606554/thank-the-simple-wasp-for-that-complex-glass-of-wine?ft=3&f=122101520&sc=nl&cc=sh-20120804

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Posted: 04 August 2012 05:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Interesting, thanks W4U! I’d assumed all this work was done by bees.

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Posted: 04 August 2012 07:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Write4U - 04 August 2012 04:48 AM

An interesting tidbit for the true wine connoisseurs.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/08/02/157606554/thank-the-simple-wasp-for-that-complex-glass-of-wine?ft=3&f=122101520&sc=nl&cc=sh-20120804

{...}Cavalieri says one of the reasons the discovery is so exciting for him is that it’s an example of just how connected the natural world is and how humans rely on this interconnection in ways we simply cannot perceive.

“It’s important because it’s telling to me it’s crucial to look at conservation and the study of biodiversity,” says Cavalieri, one of the authors who published his findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently.{...}

How sad that this needs to be labeled an exciting “discovery.”
Jeez, I’ve been listening to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring lately - it was all spelled out pretty clear then*... too bad the cry for more respect and a more realistic appreciation for the interdependent web of our biosphere got drown out by the battle cry of Reaganomics ‘too much is never enough’ (if you’re big enough to take it).

And plenty of other times also Aldo Leopold and John Wesley Powell spring to mind

http://www.good.is/post/john-wesley-powell-s-watershed-states-map/
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Oh thanks for the post W2 it was an interesting article, excuse me for running off in a different direction.

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