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Links 1 through 9 of 9 by Jen Bekman tagged nature

"Hours can go by, she says, as she draws the long, smooth lines that capture the nature of a leaf or a branch. After nearly four decades on the job, Tangerini is still trying to get it just right... Every drawing is that attempt to reach perfection," says Tangerini, who is also the curator of the Smithsonian's 5 million plant drawings. "The attempt to really make that one line that you say, 'That's exactly the way I wanted to make that line.'"

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Those remnant wild bees, feral and native alike, might just be the seeds of a solution. And to sow those seeds and foster their growth, we must not till the earth, but do just the opposite: we must take patches of agricultural land out of production, and restore them to natural habitat.

At present, wild bee populations are too small, too few and too far between to take on the task of pollinating our crops. That, of course, is why fleets of domestic honeybee hives must be trucked in to do the job. But if the wild bees were provided with habitat of the right kind and in the right geographic arrangement, they could achieve pollination both reliably and effectively.

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For the birds.

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male birds trying to compete with traffic and city sounds are singing louder and at increasingly higher frequencies... . As a result their songs are becoming more chaotic and less diverse, which makes them less attractive to female birds.

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More devastatingly cute cuteness from the animal kingdom, via Buzzfeed.

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The colassal squid's eye is bigger than a dinner plate. Holy smokes! Squid autopsies are highly riveting. Who knew?

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They are social creatures that appear to be capable of empathy, altruism, self-awareness, cooperation in problem solving and learning through example and experience. Chimps even outperform humans in some memory tasks.

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