Youth entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer on learning to “Bee Fearless”

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(Marketplace) At 15 years old, Mikaila Ulmer is a student, bee ambassador, social entrepreneur and author. The origins of her company, Me & the Bees Lemonade, which donates a portion of sales to bee conservation, dates back to a lemonade stand Mikaila started in kindergarten for a children’s business competition in Austin, Texas. After 10 years in business and an appearance on the television show “Shark Tank,” Mikaila’s company is a national brand. Her flaxseed lemonade is sold in 1,500 stores in more than 40 states.

Too many senior white academics still resist recognizing racism

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(Nature) “I call on over-represented people in science who are expressing outrage about racism in broader society to focus the same level of energy on looking inwards, to wake up to how the culture in academic science is exclusionary. We debate the most exciting technology to bring to our departments to accelerate discovery; we should apply the same spirit to examining the culture of the department and improving how people are treated, because that, too, accelerates discovery. Leaders and faculty members must approach creating an anti-racist culture with the same vigour we apply to achieving every other dimension of scientific excellence.”

IKEA wants to help you design your own bee home for free

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(My Modern Net) SPACE10, a research and design lab supported by IKEA, has started the Bee Home project – an online hive designer where users can download designs for free. Additionally, no tools are needed to construct the homes. The site also features an interactive map where you can locate other Bee Home designs around the globe. “With a design that is flexible and accessible through open-source design principles, everyone, everywhere is empowered to design and fabricate their own Bee Home locally.”

Taking down its ‘own monuments,’ Sierra Club assesses the racism of John Muir

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(NPR) Arguably no figure looms larger than John Muir in the history of America’s national parks. His writings and contributions are widely regarded as the founding ethos of environmentalism in the U.S., including by one of the country’s oldest environmental groups, the Sierra Club. But amid the nationwide reappraisal of racist monuments, the Sierra Club said Wednesday that “it’s time to take down some of our own monuments,” including of its founder, Muir. “He made derogatory comments about Black people and Indigenous peoples that drew on deeply harmful racist stereotypes.”