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    To keep one amused

    I would be pleased if you could explain, by giving examples.
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    Frame spacing and size of drones.

    You are welcome to send me a private message.
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    Dee Lusby's secret of resistant bees...DNA

    Rolande, you seem to agree that sometimes bees react very defensively. You said, “I'm sure there are plenty of other people on this forum who've had similar or worse experience”. Until such time as everyone has placid bees, none of us should be complacent about “protecting ourselves with good...
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    Dee Lusby's secret of resistant bees...DNA

    Emyr Jenkins comment (#20), “By some of the responses on the gloves and trousers thread, you would think some people on here must have even worse bees (or are just terrified of their charges)” falls into the category of being uncalled for, unwarranted, and entirely unhelpful. I wonder whose...
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    Gloves & trouser legs...

    Having had at least one encounter with bees that did not appreciate having their hive opened, I am happy to share the method I have used to protect myself. The most obvious parts of our bodies which need the most protection are faces and hands, also any clothed area which could be penetrated by...
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    A library of pollen microscope slides

    I think that this might be a fascinating exercise and hobby for you. I have not done much investigation with a microscope since my Zoology class at university more than fifty years ago, and do not claim any particular expertise in that area now. I wonder whether you have asked "Dr Google"...
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    Safety of calcium chloride as a honey desiccant - any chemists out there?

    A couple of detailed and helpful explanations have been given by other contributors, since you wrote the above comment. Your comment could have been much more helpful, and useful, if you had been more polite. I can agree now that my understanding of the precise definition for an endothermic...
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    Safety of calcium chloride as a honey desiccant - any chemists out there?

    Thank you Bazzer, for your explanation which is very helpful. It appears that in my chemistry classes, all those years ago, that the "simple explanation" was given, rather than the more precise and fully detailed explanation.
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    Honey Biscuits

    In the apiary? Well, not exactly. A few days ago I told of my grand-daughters making honey biscuits. The biscuits have been enjoyable, but they were not “like mother used to make”. I checked through some old recipe books which contain traditional recipes, and found quite a lot of variation...
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    Safety of calcium chloride as a honey desiccant - any chemists out there?

    Thank you, Repwoc, for your explanation. I would appreciate your comments concerning what possibility there might be for a reaction such as I originally queried, namely: CaCl2 + H2O => CaO + 2HCl
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    Safety of calcium chloride as a honey desiccant - any chemists out there?

    To save having a competition for who has the last word in this “debate”, it would be helpful for clarification of the terminology which is being used. I used the words “exothermic” and “endothermic” in the context of chemical reactions. I was quite specific in mentioning “chemical reactions”...
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    Safety of calcium chloride as a honey desiccant - any chemists out there?

    Dani, I would like to remain polite. If you want to transform this into the "Chemistry Lab Forum", please let me know. In essence, "Exothermic" and "Endothermic" reactions are opposite in their nature. Exothermic reactions produce heat. Endothermic reactions absorb heat - in other words they...
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    Safety of calcium chloride as a honey desiccant - any chemists out there?

    Do I take life too seriously? I doubt it. It is fun to laugh at amusing, and delightful things. If you laughed because of the incongruity of useless or erroneous comments, and did not take action to warn unsuspecting people of the dangers they might face, then I would question whether you take...
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    Safety of calcium chloride as a honey desiccant - any chemists out there?

    I find myself being both amused and disappointed about some of the comments in this discussion thread. To use an old expression, “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry”. There is a big difference between asking a question in order to seek an answer, and giving unhelpful and/or erroneous advice...
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    A beekeepers christmas day

    In the lead-up to Christmas, two of my teenage grand-daughters came to help prepare food for Christmas Day. They wanted to make biscuits – honey biscuits. Honey biscuits were always a favorite during my childhood, but my mother seemed to only make them for Christmas. I particularly liked the...
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