Everything You Could Ever Want To Know About The Secret Life Of Bees

Bee Life Closeup

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Albert Einstein once said that if honey bees became extinct, human society would follow in just four years. While we cannot know if that prediction is true, it gets at a larger truth: bees do far more than make honey.

Bees 101

When we think of bees, the honeybee is often the first–if not only–bee to come to mind. They’re just a drop in the bee bucket: at least 20,000 bee species are known to exist in the world, but the number is probably significantly higher as many bee species have not been described by entomologists. The fuzzy insects live everywhere except Antarctica, which makes sense as pollination is their raison d’être–and in polar ice caps, there’s not much by way of vegetation.

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9 X-Files Episodes That Were Based On Real Events

Scully And Mulder

Source: Wired

Now that The X-Files revival has been confirmed (we’re getting six new episodes in January of 2016, which even made David Duchovny weep with joy), many have begun their requisite binge-watching of all nine seasons. What viewers might not have realized the first time around is that many episodes of the hit sci-fi drama were based on real government conspiracies, cover-ups and paranormal events. Sometimes life is stranger than fiction.

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How Humans In Antarctica Are Preparing For Life On Mars

Where do you go to prepare for life on Mars? One option is Antarctica.

Concordia Station is a small research base in Antarctica that houses around a dozen scientists. Its handful of buildings rests atop a 10,000-foot mountain of ice in the middle of Antarctica, which due to its dry climate is the largest desert in the world. This is the perfect location for learning about Earth’s seismology and the character of glaciers. With its cloudless, sometimes sunless skies, it is also the perfect place for contemplating life beyond our planet.

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20 Powerful Quotes By Pope Francis On Climate Change And The Environment

Pope Francis Climate Change Quotes

Pope Francis meets with the crowd this week in Saint Peters Square. Source: Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse

This Thursday Pope Francis released his much-anticipated (or dreaded, pending your politics) papal encyclical, which took on the topics of climate change, consumerism and environmental degradation through a moral lens.

In the 184-page document, he calls for what the New York Times describes as “a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles,” and one that pays particular attention to advancing the needs of the poor.

This is not a new cause for Pope Francis; the Pope has made a social-justice oriented approach to climate change mitigation a key component of his faith and papacy for years. You can read the encyclical, “Laudato Si,” here. If you don’t have the time to pore over papal documents, we’ve extracted some of the Pope’s most powerful quotes on climate change and the environment below–some from the encyclical, some not–for your reading pleasure:

Of course, Francis’ impassioned, unapologetic stance on human-induced climate change has brought forth a number of critics. Some Roman Catholics, according to the Times report, have interpreted the document as an attack on capitalism and as unwanted political meddling at a moment when climate change is high on the global agenda. Others suggest that existing systems have helped many become wealthy and thus healthy and prosperous, and that the Pope’s calling for a move away from intensified production and thus technological innovation will not do much to help developing countries become “less poor.” Still others are concerned about the relationship between Church doctrine and state policy.

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