Talking Points: Honeybees, Eurovision song contest, car museum

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What unlikely activity are honeybees being trained to do in Croatia?

The insects are being taught by Croatian researchers to find unexploded land mines. The bees have a good sense of smell, and they are being trained to connect the food that they eat with the scent of TNT. During the Balkan wars in the early 1990s, about 90,000 land mines were placed in Croatia, and about 466 square miles of land are still suspected to be filled with mines. Officials in the European country estimate that about 2,500 people have been killed from land-mine explosions since the beginning of the wars.

An artist from what country won this year's Eurovision Song Contest?

The winner is from Denmark. Emmelie de Forest, 20, earned first place in the competition with an ethno-inspired flute and drum tune called "Only Teardrops." Second place went to Farid Mammadov, of Azerbaijan, who performed a song atop a glass cubicle that contained a male dancer. Bonnie Tyler, known for her 1983 hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart," performed another song in the contest and placed 19th. The competition was hosted in Sweden, home to last year's winner.

What kind of car is the focus of a new museum in Michigan?

The museum is dedicated to the Model A, a car manufactured during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The vehicle was Henry Ford's second commercial success, following the Model T. The first Model A Ford was given to Thomas Edison. The Model A Ford Museum, which opened Saturday, is the world's largest public museum focused on the car. The museum is located on the Gilmore Car Museum campus about 115 miles west of Detroit, and it is designed to look like at 1928 Ford dealership.

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Naomi Jagoda

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