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UM scientist shares stories of Rumsfeld phone calls, possible reasons for bee colony collapse
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Source: Missoulian

Researchers at the University of Montana have trained honeybees to safely locate land mines, but were banned from field-testing the bees' prowess overseas by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Senior field researcher Scott Debnam, part of UM's increasingly famous bee project, blew through a long list of fascinating facts about honeybees - and revealed a possible cause for Colony Collapse Disorder just discovered at UM a week ago - during his City Club Missoula presentation Monday.

... Debnam and others spent 10 months preparing to go overseas to start locating the hidden land mines that threaten literally millions of people worldwide. A week before their scheduled departure, Rumsfeld called to say the mission was off.

Why? If the U.S. showed the world that bees could find land mines, this nation could not then use bees for other defensive - domestic - purposes, Rumsfeld said. In other words, the U.S. doesn't have a domestic land-mine problem, so UM's bees should be used to defend this country in other ways.

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