Solitary bees are pretty damn awesome: They’re docile, easy to raise, and are amazing pollinators of spring flowering fruit and nut trees. These bees don’t use hives the way honey bees do, instead preferring to place their eggs in narrow holes, plugged up with mud.
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Temperatures across the United States plummeted today, with parts of the Midwest experiencing wind chills of 40 degrees below zero — and that’s in Celsius. As if frozen pipes and frostbite weren’t dangerous enough, some folks are learning about one of the rarer, scarier side effects of super-cold weather: cryoseisms, or “frost quakes.”
While we won't be facing weather like this anytime soon, it is still important to understand what the extremes of weather can mean.
iOS: Navigating along roads is easy - just start up Google Maps or Waze - but finding your way on a trail in the woods tends to require a patchwork of PDFs, paper maps, and apps that only work for one park or system. Hikepack aims to change that.
It can feel nearly impossible to you access a sense of wonder in today's all-the-information-any-time-you-want-it environment, but the answer, I find, is often in the natural world. Whether it's feeling the strange cool breeze that arises during the totality of an eclipse, watching a thousand-strong starling murmuration swirl in the sky, or tasting fresh mango plucked from the tree in front of you, our sensory experience of Earth's pleasures -- even if we know exactly how and why they happen -- can reacquaint us with wonder.
When you're over in the US, one of the best things to do is visit the famous national parks where you get to see the preserved natural wonders; each park offers unique views. Recently a former National Geographic photographer visited every national park and tabulated the ones most likely to take your breath away.
You’re drifting off to sleep when, suddenly, there’s a bump and a thump and an unearthly shriek. But never fear, if your home is making these noises you probably don’t have ghosts, but a family of common brushtail possums. Researchers have documented 18 different brushtail possum sounds. These include “grunting, growling, hissing, screeching, clicking and teeth-chattering calls, many of which would not be out of place on a horror movie soundtrack”.