Inside the Life of a Beekeeper with @girlnextdoorhoney

To see more photos and videos of Hilary’s daily encounters with bees, follow @girlnextdoorhoney on Instagram.

“Everything about bees is surprising and fascinating,” says beekeeper Hilary Kearney (@girlnextdoorhoney). Hilary started her own beekeeping business in her hometown of San Diego, California, after reading about it in a book. “Unlike traditional beekeepers,” she explains, “most of my hives are in urban and suburban settings, as I believe in integrating bees back into our daily lives.” Now an owner of around 40 beehives, Hilary also services bee removals, holds educational classes and runs a “host a hive program” that places beehives in volunteers’ backyards.

As a beekeeper, Hilary strives to educate people about the friendly nature of honeybees and how much they contribute to our lives. With a background in visual arts, she uses Instagram as a channel to artistically communicate information about bees and their behaviors. In one of her photos, she documents what’s known as festooning, where bees hold onto each other to create a scaffold while they build honeycombs. “It’s one of my favorite things that bees do,” she says. “My visual inspiration mostly comes from the bees themselves, but my urge to share and teach is what motivates me.”

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In 1802, pharmacist and amateur meteorologist Luke Howard drew up the first classification system for clouds, providing the origin of the Latin naming system we still use today. Meteorologists later developed a  system of cloud symbol line drawings in order to standardize weather maps.

Those symbols, the legends for which I’ve included above (for low, medium, and high clouds), strike me as a beautifully simple and artistic way to translate such a varied and unique phenomenon as clouds. They’re half zodiac, half typography. I just love them.

Can’t get enough of our fluffy sky friends? The great Every Cloud print also included above comes from artist and designer Joseph Perry, whose work I’ve featured before. If you’d like one for your own wall, Perry’s print available in a limited edition run of 100. Find it here.

(thanks/via: jtotheizzoe)

This is hysterical, except that it is also very sad.

"Are you f**king kidding me!? Are you f**king kidding me!? How far back to the elementary school core curriculum do we have to go to get someone on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology caught up?" http://on.cc.com/1v64gga

(thanks/via: thedailyshow)

This is hysterical, except that it is also very sad.

"Are you f**king kidding me!? Are you f**king kidding me!? How far back to the elementary school core curriculum do we have to go to get someone on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology caught up?" http://on.cc.com/1v64gga

(thanks/via: thedailyshow)

Video footage at the very edge of molten magma in a pretty cool, pretty hot, pretty dramatic, and maybe pretty risky video but thanks for sharing, right??!!

Geoff Mackley, Bradley Ambrose, Nathan Berg, after an epic struggle with the weather for 35 days, … became the first people ever to get this close to Marum Volcano’s famed lava lake on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Coming within 30 metres of the lava lake down a watercourse, it was possible to stand the heat for only 6 seconds. With Fire Brigade breathing apparatus and heat proof proximity suit it was possible to stand on the very edge and view the incredible show for over 40 minutes.

momofuku is breaking out in hives. well, not really. but in late july, momofuku took a trip to visit the fledgling apiary at the gowanus canal conservancy. located on the bank of the gowanus canal, these beehives are part of the gcc’s efforts to foster ecological growth in the area and are tended by borough bees member (+ momofuku staffer), kimberly rubin. our team took part in a hive inspection, learning what role honeybees play in our urban food system and just how delicious local honey tastes. 

to learn more about bees and their role in urban areas, take part in a tour of the gowanus bees or other local hives during nyc honey week. also, check out kim rubin’s 2nd place finish in theparisreview's photo contest. the bee’s knees. 

(thanks/via: momofuku)


The world we’ve created for birds is a gauntlet of death. This infographic, based on Smithsonian research included in the just released State of the Birds report, shows how our actions impact their population numbers. The report’s release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha” the last passenger pigeon, a species that once numbered in the billions but was hunted to extinction. The report is the most comprehensive look at U.S. birds and the news isn’t great: 228 birds species are currently at risk of extinction. But the good news is that we can fix it. The report indicates that many species have rebounded with dedicated conservation efforts. Read our summary or the full report. 

Goes with this from NPR.
(thanks/via: smithsonian)

The world we’ve created for birds is a gauntlet of death. This infographic, based on Smithsonian research included in the just released State of the Birds report, shows how our actions impact their population numbers. The report’s release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha” the last passenger pigeon, a species that once numbered in the billions but was hunted to extinction.

The report is the most comprehensive look at U.S. birds and the news isn’t great: 228 birds species are currently at risk of extinction. But the good news is that we can fix it. The report indicates that many species have rebounded with dedicated conservation efforts. Read our summary or the full report

Goes with this from NPR.

(thanks/via: smithsonian)


Tuning out distractions doesn’t mean checking out; in fact, what you’re piping through your headphones may actually help you concentrate.  Read More>

(thanks/via: fastcompany)

Tuning out distractions doesn’t mean checking out; in fact, what you’re piping through your headphones may actually help you concentrate.  Read More>

(thanks/via: fastcompany)

This video captures some of the stunningly beautiful personality of nature and geology!

The life of a mountain is not that different from our own. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. They are born of collisions and violent explosions, jagged edges mark their adolescence, they crack and tear when icy cold seeps within, and in time, they are smoothed and weathered, faces wrinkled by footpaths and rivers, one day sinking back into the Earth which launched them forth.

Watch millions of years of geologic life go by in mere minutes in this gorgeous new video, The Weight of Mountains from Studiocanoe.

(thanks/via: jtotheizzoe)

Cool stuff from smartereveryday!!!!

Ever wonder how a Jellyfish “stings”?  Turns out, it’s actually like a Needle.  Check out this awesome graphic that Emily Weddle created from the latest episode of Smarter Every Day.
As you can see in the graphic, a Jellyfish actually stings you with needles.  The process in the photo spans the time of approximately 20 milliseconds. If you watch the video I incorporate timing data so you can perform measurements.  
What’s so cool about this is scientists don’t really understand HOW they nematocyst fire.  They’re pretty confident that they’re triggered by mechancial contact on the outside, of the tentacle… but they’re NOT sure how the stinger “inflates”.  Dr. Seymour thinks it’s too fast to be osmotic.  There’s obviously a channel somehow that opens and creates flow and pressure into the organelle.  I bet it’s some kind of REALLY quick chemical process.
I think we’re going to call graphics like this “Smarter Every Day InfoGifs”.     Emily came up with that name, I can’t take credit for it!  Here’s her webpage.

(thanks/via: smartereveryday)

Cool stuff from smartereveryday!!!!

Ever wonder how a Jellyfish “stings”?  Turns out, it’s actually like a Needle.  Check out this awesome graphic that Emily Weddle created from the latest episode of Smarter Every Day.

As you can see in the graphic, a Jellyfish actually stings you with needles.  The process in the photo spans the time of approximately 20 milliseconds. If you watch the video I incorporate timing data so you can perform measurements.  

What’s so cool about this is scientists don’t really understand HOW they nematocyst fire.  They’re pretty confident that they’re triggered by mechancial contact on the outside, of the tentacle… but they’re NOT sure how the stinger “inflates”.  Dr. Seymour thinks it’s too fast to be osmotic.  There’s obviously a channel somehow that opens and creates flow and pressure into the organelle.  I bet it’s some kind of REALLY quick chemical process.

I think we’re going to call graphics like this “Smarter Every Day InfoGifs”.     Emily came up with that name, I can’t take credit for it!  Here’s her webpage.

(thanks/via: smartereveryday)

jtotheizzoe:

thebrainscoop:

Science Needs Women: 
For Women in Science; the L’Oreal Foundation 

I’m sharing this video on any platform I can because when I first found it last week it had something like 1,400 views, but it’s the most beautifully produced and succinctly narrated video addressing some of the most complicated issues facing women in STE(A)M fields I’ve found yet. 

I’m sharing this for every time I’m called a “feminazi.”

…for every time I’m told that my concerns aren’t valid, our that our issues are imagined.

…for every time I hear “women just don’t like science,” or worse - “women just aren’t good at science.”

…for every time we’re told that we can have a family or a career, but not both - and for every time we feel like we have to decide between the two.

…for every time a study comes out saying as many as 64% of women endure sexual harassment during field work

…for the fact that women earn 41% of PhD’s in STEM fields, but make up only 28% of tenure-track faculty in those fields.

…and because we need more women mentors in these fields to stand up for issues that are not “women’s issues” - these are people issues that affect our collective society as a whole.

The women in this video are my heroes and they should be your heroes, too.

Science needs women.