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(Toronto Star)   "What are you??" "I'm...hang on a sec...*rolls up hundred dollar bill* SNORT...oh yeah that's the stuff...I'm BATMAN"   ( divider line
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16097 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Dec 2012 at 1:48 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-03 06:13:22 PM  
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In Ontario, there are eight species of bats - three are migratory and not affected by the disease.

So, they admit that not all bats are affected.

This was the first attempt at measuring the economic impact of the bat disease upon farming the calculations were based on certain assumptions, said Justin Boyles, assistant professor at South Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

Assuming, or guessing, puts their findings into the same realm of theoretical physics in my humble opinion. For example, a seismologist can find a fault line a and study it and can determine if the fault line is active or not and estimate the largest moment magnitude earthquake the fault can produce. But, there are two factors the seismologists can't tell you, when and where on the fault line the earthquake will occur.

I also wonder if they factored in the possibility that the other three unaffected species would breed until the bat populations are restored.

The lead author of the Science paper admits the reaction of the research community "has been and should be cautious."

Gee, I wonder why they added this caveat? Could it be that the scientists have given the worst case scenario and no other? Why didn't the scientists out right say that they could be totally wrong on the whole matter?

There are no studies that have evaluated the services of bats to agriculture in Canada, however, but "it will be a goal of future research," said Eric Santerre, communications director of the federal Ministry of Natural Resources in Quebec City.

Waite a minuet, the scientists have just painted a bleak picture for agriculture in Canada and the Us if some bats are greatly reduced in numbers or go extinct but yet they put such a pressing study on the back burner.

Sounds like some scientists want to buy themselves a new Ferrari.
2012-12-03 06:07:41 PM  
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Bat's a shame.
2012-12-03 02:43:05 PM  
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2012-12-03 02:27:27 PM  
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Anyone else reading what subby wrote and expected a story in regards to bath salts/white bull?
2012-12-03 02:06:22 PM  
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White nose syndrome sucks.

Not much else we can really say about it.
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