No one knows why these bees build incredible spiraling hives

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Caution: after what you are about to see, you may never be satisfied with your run-of-the-mill honeycomb again. That’s because these design-savvy bees weren’t content to live in generic boxes like most bees, so they made their hives look like something that could have come out of the mind of Zaha Hadid herself.

Known as sugarbag bees (Tetragonula carbonaria), the insects live in Australia and create an unusual single-layer spiraling hive that is completely unlike the traditional flat beehive…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



NexLoop unveils water management system inspired by spiders, fungi, bees and plants

In its quest to sustainably serve the needs of urban farmers, Team NexLoop found inspiration for its water management system in the natural world. Seeking to create a system that is self-sufficient and adaptable to local needs, the team observed the ability of cribellate orb weaver spiders to craft webs that capture water from fog in the air. The team then incorporated this design into their work to allow their system, called the AquaWeb, to passively capture water from the atmosphere. The biomimetically-designed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Morgan Freeman converts his Mississippi ranch into a giant sanctuary for wild bees

Morgan Freeman has played so many roles during his long Hollywood career, it’s difficult to keep track but his latest role could prove to be his most important. The actor has turned his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a sanctuary for wild bees, in an effort to help support population growth for the little pollinators. Freeman started beekeeping in 2014, eventually growing his buzzing babies to 26 hives, and he’s also explained that tons of bee-friendly plants have been planted on his property…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building