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How Bees Explain Big Data

November 5, 2016View for printing

FIELDS OF SUNFLOWERS STRETCH AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. Stacks of white boxes are tucked neatly amidst a small grove of trees.

The boxes are the homes of bees, the extraordinary winged creatures responsible for the flowers' bright yellow blooms each summer. Their owner is Richard Adee, a beekeeper since 1957. A lot has changed since he began his career producing honey. For one, his family's income now depends mostly on pollination services that his some 80,000 hives of bees provide across the country. The shift has caused new challenges, large and small, but one has remained a constant since the very beginning: the weather.

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