Beauty (and science) in the small things

English: Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Whi...

Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, sits in the commander’s chair aboard Space Shuttle Discovery at the Orbiter Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Holdren was given a tour Discovery, which is in the process of decomissioning, following the launch of Atlantis (STS-135) Friday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. John P. Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House likes to point out that his message featuring an image from the Hubble Space Telescope showcasing the densest-known cluster of stars in the Milky Way — and reminding us just how expansive our universe really is, should not let us forget to see the beauty of nature around us here on earth.

There’s beauty (and science) in the small things, too.

He wants to share a few incredible close-ups of bees by U.S. Geological Survey bee expert Sam Droege. Scroll down for some scientific facts about bees.

Check out this cool bee photo!

In addition to being beautiful, in their own way, bees are pretty incredible creatures.

  • The “buzz” associated with honeybees is the sound of their four wings beating more than 11,000 times per minute. With wing-speeds that high, honeybees can fly faster than most people can run: about 15 miles per hour.
  • Ever wonder how bees find their way back to a hive? Among the many tools in their navigation toolbox, bees use magnetism. Worker bees have a region of magnetite in their abdomens that allow them to use the Earth’s magnetic field to help them navigate.
  • Honeybee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year, and helps ensure that our diets include ample fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Honeybees, native bees, other insect pollinators, birds, and bats provide tremendously valuable services to society. That’s why, here at the White House and across the Administration, we’re doing a lot to protect these hardworking contributors to society, which you can learn about here.

Here’s how YOU can join federal agencies in this effort: Plant a pollinator-friendly garden at your own school, home, or business, and help achieve the ambitious goal of planting a million pollinator gardens nationwide. Learn more here.

I’ll be in touch with more soon —


Dr. John P. Holdren
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House


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English: Digitalis ferruginea with honey bees

English: Digitalis ferruginea with honey bees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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