July 22, 2013 |
Removing just one species of bee from fields can make the remaining species less faithful to flowers, significantly lowering the pollination chances of plants, a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. The research, conducted in subalpine meadows in the Rocky Mountains, appears to upend conventional wisdom that one pollinator is as good as another and fields won't suffer from the loss of a species. Ecologists were examining the notion of floral fidelity - the propensity of bumble bee species to be true to one source of nectar, in this case, the larkspur.
April 17, 2013 |
It is a highly choreographed, unabashed spectacle, a contribution to the world of contemporary performance art from a most unexpected place: ikebana , the Japanese tradition of flower arranging. Backed with Broadway lighting and a large supporting cast, ikebana master Akane Teshigahara is promising to turn a once-intimate art into an onstage extravaganza titled “Iemoto Ikebana Live” on April 27, transforming the stage of the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles into the world's largest and most spectacular vase.
April 9, 2013 |
Season three of "Shameless" may have come to an end Sunday, but fans won't miss star Emmy Rossum for long -- not even by a little. She can be seen next in the film "You're Not You" opposite Hilary Swank, and she can be heard on her newly released album "Sentimental Journey. " Rossum is an actress, singer and retro-glam fashionista. She's consistently chic, isn't afraid to mix her prints and acts as her own stylist. She tends to choose silhouettes that bring to mind the golden screen queens of the 1920s and 1950s.
March 7, 2013 |
Think coffee's just the drug of choice for humans looking to stay alert? Scientists have some eye-opening news for you: Bees get a buzz when they drink nectar laced with a little caffeine, and it supercharges their long-term memory. In laboratory experiments, honeybees were roughly three times as likely to remember a floral scent a day later if the nectar had a minuscule amount of the stimulant than if it was caffeine free. They were also twice as likely to remember a caffeine-laced scent a full three days later.
March 3, 2013 |
The season's crop of floral prints is blooming as fresh and varied as a field of spring wildflowers. At Marni, Consuelo Castiglioni's collision of checks and chrysanthemum prints on roomy skirts and tops is reminiscent of Scandinavian modern design, while the bold cherry blossoms and daisies on Miuccia Prada's boxy dresses and pants make for a Far East-inspired, 1960s Pop art look. In California, growing conditions are always right for beachy floral sportswear and gear, such as Aviator Nation's hibiscus-print "Surf Safari" sweat shirts, the new Stubbs & Wootton leafy-print, rope-sole espadrille slippers for Brooks Brothers' Black Fleece offshoot, and the perfect boardwalk ride, Didi Dunphy's skateboard with vinyl zinnia graphics.
February 5, 2013 |
Floral prints are making a big comeback this spring after having been in full bloom on the fall runways back in 2011 at Miu Miu, Givenchy and more. Featuring tropical Hawaiian breeds, orchids or classic daisies, some prints look as if they were plucked straight from the garden. Floral prints and flower embellishments also made their way onto the red carpet. At the recent SAG Awards, Julianne Moore wore a white Chanel haute couture gown with black flowers, Nicole Kidman choose a Vivienne Westwood gown with black-and-navy blue floral embroidery and Ellie Kemper donned a sea-foam green Reem Acra dress also with floral embroidery.