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The history of modern beekeeping started with the Langstroth hive, patented by L. Langstroth. He noticed that bees will fill in a space with resin or combs unless that space is about 3/8 inch. This is called the "bee space", and is the space left between the hive frames after combs are built in them. Because the combs of a hive will be built in a predictable way, the hive can be opened and maintained without destroying honeycombs or brood chambers. Previously, bees were kept in inverted baskets or wooden boxes or barrels, with combs built in a haphazard way, making it necessary to destroy the entire hive to harvest wax and honey. Today's beekeepers can remove honey frames and replace them with fresh frames, backed with a sheet of embossed wax that forms a 'comb foundation'. A hive can be forced to produce honey all summer long, making more honey than they normally would.
The queen excluder allows a beekeeper to isolate the queen in the lower part of the hive, ensuring that the upper combs have honey and no larvae.
So, in the thousands of years of bee cultivation, the real killer innovation was the observation of the 'bee space'
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There are a number of examples of prior knowledge or wisdom that has fallen into obscurity, to the detriment of new generations. Vaccination is one of them. Another is in the use of carved 'high water' stones in Japan, marking the extent of past Tsunami damage. The stones warned future generations not to build their homes below the level of the stones. Some communities followed these warnings, and were relatively safe from the 2011 Tsunami. Others did not, and suffered from loss of life and homes.
Similarly, the banking regulations of the New Deal were circumvented in recent times, contributing to the global financial crisis.
Some dangers occur on a timescale that causes us to ignore them until they hurt us again.
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Being progressively hard of hearing, I have had to guess at a lot of things being said to me. I attempt to fill in the gaps, and hope I didn't miss anything important. I am now at the point where I must ask my wife to simply give me a noun and a verb, instead of the more verbose instructions she likes to give.
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Well, I don't know how many Neatorama readers also read fanfics, but it may be a promising topic for a post like this one. That sector of literature is about 99 percent junk, but there are still many stories that are on a par with some of the best paid-for fiction I've read. One must be a bit tolerant of spelling and grammatical errors, and many promising stories become abandoned, never to be concluded. One notable story, Hearts of Ice by Krista Perry, took something like a decade to complete. The ending, and especially the final line, made the wait worthwhile.
I believe that amateur writing of this type has the potential to become an alternate 'cultural commons' for the arts, without the barriers that ever stronger copyright laws are placing around traditional sources of popular culture.
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