Stow’s Minutemen

At the annual Springfest celebration in Stow, Mass., Minutemen reenactors prepare for the parade. In the early morning hours of April 19th, 1775, Stow, a hotbed of revolutionary fervor, sent a company of Minutemen to neighboring Concord to take part in the battle there that launched the American Revolution.

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Bumblebee on Thistle

A bumblebee does its pollen-gathering thing on a purple thistle blossom. The yellow spot is a “pollen basket” on her leg, stuffed full of protein-rich pollen that she will carry back to her hive (only female bees have pollen baskets). A recent study found that the sonic shock waves bumblebees

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