Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | It’s National Honey Bee Awareness Day! Did you know that every honey bee you see pollinating a flower is female? Each hive has one queen, with 100 female worker bees for every male drone bee. The queen’s only job is to lay eggs and a drone’s only job is to mate with the queen. The female worker bees are responsible for everything else: gathering nectar, guarding the hive and honey, caring for the queen and larvae, keeping the hive clean, and producing honey. Bees give new meaning to the phrase «A woman’s work never ends.» They pollinate 70 of the top 100 consumer food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition. #NationalHoneyBeeAwarenessDay
Artist. Father. Visionary. QUINCY is an intimate look at musical icon and influential legend, Quincy Jones. Available on Netflix September 21st.
Beyond his own acclaim as a trumpeter, producer, conductor, composer and arranger, Quincy Jones’ inimitable gift to discover the biggest talents of the past half of the century is unprecedented. He has shaped the pop culture landscape for 70 years, mentoring and cultivating the careers of young talents, from Lesley Gore and Michael Jackson to Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith. Directed by Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca and Hot Girls Wanted) and Alan Hicks (Keep On Keepin’ On), QUINCY seamlessly threads personal vérité moments with private archival footage to reveal a legendary life like no other.
Featuring the all-new original song «Keep Reachin'» by Quincy Jones, Mark Ronson, and Chaka Khan.
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From April 24 to 26, this lone active region on the Sun with its tangled magnetic field lines swaying and twisting above it put on a fiery display for our Solar Dynamic Observatory. The charged particles spinning along these field lines illuminate them. The region did not erupt with any significant solar storms, although it still might…
To learn more about how we study solar activity, visit: www.nasa.gov/sdo
Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
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Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Girls join hands during their ballet class on a basketball court in one of Rio’s largest favelas. It’s run by ballerina Tuany Nascimiento, who is from the community. Years ago, when Tuany couldn’t afford the commute to classes, she would practice by herself. Soon, young girls started watching and asking her to teach them. From three girls, they grew to more than 50, dancing amid challenges, sometimes cancelling sessions because of gun violence in the community. I witnessed their dancing, each movement a lesson in grace in every sense of the word. #Followme @hannahreyesmorales, for more stories while on the road.
The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and their beloved dog when they make a choice that takes them out of their tiny L.A. apartment and into the countryside to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature.
The film chronicles their near decade-long attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees, hundreds of crops, and bringing in animals of every kind– including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, and to survive they realize they’ll have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself. #BiggestLittleFarm
We have a little bias, but we can’t think of a better place to watch Star Wars than the International Space Station (@iss), which orbits our planet from 250 miles above at 17,500mph. Here’s a #FlashbackFriday look at movie night in 2015 on the orbiting lab.
Currently, there are six people living and working on the station, conducting important science and research to help extend humanity’s presence deeper into the solar system than ever before.
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Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | An Atlantic bluefin tuna nearly 10 feet in length and weighing close to 1000 pounds swims past a diver in the chilly, green waters of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bluefin possess incredible biology; they continue to grow their entire lives, swim faster than torpedoes, crisscross the ocean each year, and generate heat in their bodies, allowing them to swim into cold waters to feed. Revered for centuries, their stocks have now dwindled. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more wildlife in the sea and to read the stories behind the photos. #bluefintuna #tuna
What’s up for May?
InSight, our first mission to explore Mars’ deep interior, launches tomorrow with a launch window that begins at 4:05 a.m. PDT and lasts for two hours. Some lucky viewers in central and southern California and even parts of the Mexican Pacific coast will get a chance to see the spacecraft launch with their unaided eyes and its destination, Mars, at the same time.
Mars shines a little brighter than last month, as it approaches opposition on July 27th. That’s when Mars and the Sun will be on opposite sides of the Earth. This will be Mars’ closest approach to Earth since 2003! Compare the planet’s increases in brightness with your own eyes between now and July 27th.
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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | “You look straight ahead. You try to breathe normally. You can smell the scent of the huge cat that is staring back. You are a cameraman. He is the King of Beasts.” There’s no feeling quite like looking directly into the eyes of a true predator. Your primitive being awakens immediately, recognizing that the animal before you is a phenomenal force with which to be reckoned. For me, trying to convey the power of that feeling in a single camera frame is an endless challenge, and clicking the shutter has become almost as instinctual as the hairs that can rise up on the back of my neck. But it’s not just the stories and images that we can convey; responsible nature-based tourism, of “hunting” with our eyes and our cameras, offers us an effective, invigorating, and sustainable way of safeguarding species and their habitats, as well as uplifting the communities that live alongside wildlife. In a world where lions have vanished from 90% of their historic range, their numbers falling to dangerous lows, this is an important, minimum-impact conservation tool, bringing in money for conservation, preserving wild habitats, and cementing the relationship with nature that we need. #thisismytrophy