From architecture

WATCH THE BEES PLEASE

  — “bees are like humans, they need a variety and a balanced diet to stay healthy.” read article :  beekeeper encourages people to support local species of bees

THE YOUNG, TECH-SAVVY, URBAN GENERATION OF AFRICA

— the continent now has the youngest and fastest-growing human population in the world. cities are expanding. international agencies and companies are seeking a massive expansion in african agriculture. long overdue infrastructure, including ports, highways and railways, is being built. but all of that comes with a potential conservation price. so is all lost? read article : africa must not become one big game park

KEEP TABS ON PROCEEDINGS

— even for experienced eyes, sifting through 200 documents to be considered at the upcoming convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) conference is a challenge. here is a sneak peak! read article : what to expect at CITES more : CITES cop17

THESE ARE PRIMITIVE WORLDS?

  — the research teased out these details by using 21,946 fossil specimens from areas of nevada in the us and the yukon in canada that were once ancient sea beds to paint a picture of graptolite evolution. the analysis found that as ocean circulation patterns began to shift hundreds of thousands of years before the ordovician extinction, graptolite communities that previously included a rich array of both shallow- and deep-sea species began to lose their diversity and complexity. read article : zooplankton warn us, extinction has a tipping point

TRANQUIL TRANSITIONING

— known as a vacancy chain, it’s a term originally used by social scientists to describe a way that people trade resources. you can see it all unfold in this wonderful bbc1 video, consider it a lesson from the crustacean world. read article/watch video : hermit crabs swapping shells is a crazy remarkable thing

FIXING DAMAGED OBJECTS

— it appears that human nature requires patience in realizing that we have environmental issues which we are responsible for. read article : artist fixes damaged objects by placing them in beehives

BETTER HOUSING

— traditional african beekeeping methods offer better protection against hive-destroying varroa mites than pesticides which, according to a study, are losing their potency. read article : african beekeeping stops mites wiping out hives

DEMENTED ARCHITECTURE & THE HITLERI CAVE BEETLE

— anophthalmus hitleri, a blind cave beetle species, was discovered in 1933 and endemic in slovenia. is now endangered. the same beetle is also the subject of an art work – wallpaper to be precise – on show at wellington’s city gallery as part of the group exhibition demented architecture. read article : at wellington’s city gallery more : jasmina cibic

LIGHTING UP EMPIRE STATE BUILDING AUGUST 1ST 2015

— saturday, on the roof of a building on west 31st street, mr. threlkel and mr. psihoyos, will be illuminating the night from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. with a looping reel showing a “noah’s ark” of animals. read article : illuminating the plight of endangered species, at the empire state building more : livescience.com

A SENSE OF DEDICATION

— “the goal is to ensure that when researchers find long-term solutions for the disease, there are still bats to treat” read article : bacteria may help bats to fight deadly fungus