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04.24.15 Liam Mathews

Retired NYPD Detective Specialist Anthony Planakis is one of those guys who, when he’s interested in something, learns everything there is to know on the subject. He has a lot of interests: photography, organic food, HVAC installation and maintenance. But his passion, since 1977, has been bees. He’s kept bees for years, first in Connecticut […]

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04.20.15 Liam Mathews

Retired Detective Anthony “Tony Bees” Planakis, the NYPD’s former expert in bee crime, told the New York Post that he was forced into early retirement by jealous-ass haters: “I had no choice but to retire. I was blackballed,” he said. “I was accused of stealing the bees, making honey and profiting. Lieutenants were jealous of […]

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02.10.15 Bucky Turco

According to a new study, the massive decline in honeybee populations can be explained by young bees that are forced to work at too young of an age. Typically, a bee isn’t required to get a job until it’s 2-3 weeks old, but researchers from Queen Mary University of London say that in colonies where […]

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08.08.14 Sophie Weiner

Beekeeping was banned in New York City in 1999, but in light of the international crises surrounding the dwindling bee population, the ban was lifted in 2010. A new documentary, The Beekeeper, follows the city’s beekeeping communities as they rebuild themselves. Director Susan Sfarra told the Brooklyn Eagle what makes her story special: Several films already have […]

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07.18.14 Sophie Weiner

Chinese artist Ren Yue lets bees make his art for him. “I wanted to try to eliminate the subjectivity of the artist and the mediation of bees served this purpose,” he says of his series, Yuansu II. To make the art, he used totally symmetrical clear plastic polyhedrons to allow the bees freedom to create their honeycombs […]

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08.07.13 Andy Cush

Underneath the bright blue mass of geometric crystals you see above is something much more discomfiting: a dead bee, one of many victims of the plague of potentially chemically-caused bee deaths of recent years. Bioartist Simon Park–the guy behind this smartphone bacteria art–created Bee-Jewelled, the clumsily named but wonderfully executed piece, by dousing the insect carcasses in […]

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07.25.13 Marie Calloway

In the past six years, over 10 million beehives have died mysteriously. This raised concerns about the defecit in crop bee-pollination and an eventual shortage of produce. Bee populations are now so low in the US that it currently takes 60% of the country’s bee colonies just to pollinate one California crop — almonds. A new […]

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03.20.13 Andy Cush

A newly discovered species of wasp that lays its eggs inside other insects, which kill their hosts as they hatch, has been named for an appropriately badass fictional character: Beatrix Kiddo aka The Bride, the protagonist of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Science Codex points to Kiddo’s mastery of the five point palm exploding heart technique as potential […]

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03.08.13 Samer Kalaf

Science is now telling us that bees will repeatedly go back to a plant to collect nectar, if the nectar is laced with caffeine. So bees are kind of like us! Are there some bees that are not morning bees and tell people not to talk to them until they’ve had their morning nectar? And do […]

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10.22.12 Andy Cush

One day last week, several men who were going through New York City’s justice system were brought into contact with no less than five hives full of bees. Fortunately for them, the insects were not being used for punishment so much as they were for education–the men were through the Osborne Association, a non-profit that […]

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