Weekly Webcrawl: February 7, 2013

If I was previously aware of the USGS Bee Inventory, I forgot about it until I saw this beautiful image of an Osmia lignaria, aka the "Blue Orchard Bee." The North American native is currently being threatened by its Asian sister species, O. taurus and O. cornifrons. Photo by USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

If I was pre­vi­ously aware of the USGS Bee Inven­tory, I forgot about it until I saw this beau­tiful image of an Osmia lig­naria, aka the “Blue Orchard Bee.” The North Amer­ican native is cur­rently being threat­ened by its Asian sister species, O. taurus and O. cornifrons. Photo by USGS Bee Inven­tory and Mon­i­toring Lab.

One of the first sensing pros­thetic limbs debuted this week. Pretty incred­ible, really.

Agreed: “Cli­mate change will make it increas­ingly dif­fi­cult to feed the world. Biotech crops will have an essen­tial role in ensuring that there’s enough to eat.”

We lost a great actor last weekend with the passing of Philip Sey­mour Hoffman. Here’s an incred­ible reflec­tion on addic­tion from one of my favorite sci­ence writers.