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Thrilling Ted Talk Looks at the First 21 Days of a Bee's Life
Bees are vanishing at an astonishing rate. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report found that the U.S. honeybee population plummeted by more than 40 percent in the last year. We know that toxic pesticides, including neonicotinoids, pose a serious threat to bees. But now a photographer for National Geographic has documented the plight of one of the most photographed insects in a new way.
To better understand the life of a bee, photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard. The project gives a glimpse into a bee hive and exposes one of the biggest threats to bee health: a mite that preys on baby bees in the first 21 days of life.
Varma's incredible footage is set to music from Magik*Magik Orchestra as he explains the threat and what's being done to stop it.
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In the summer of 1969 a banner hung over a set of condemned homes in what was then the predominantly black and brown Brookland neighborhood in Washington, DC. It read, "White man's roads through black men's homes."
Earlier in the year, the District attempted to condemn the houses to make space for a proposed freeway. The plans proposed a 10-lane freeway, a behemoth of a project that would divide the nation's capital end-to-end and sever iconic Black neighborhoods like Shaw and the U Street Corridor from the rest of the city.