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Understanding the Risks and Realities of Africanized Bees

It sounds like science fiction. Africanized honeybees were bred in a lab. These hybrids were superior honey producers – but also proved ferocious toward perceived threats. They escaped quarantine in Brazil in 1957. By the 80s, they’d reached the United … Continue reading

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Caprock Canyons State Park: The West Texas Plains as They Were

The drive to Caprock Canyons State Park is a quintessential West Texas experience. Traveling northeast from Lubbock, one is swiftly submerged in an immensity unique to the Great Plains. Rural isolation increases, and you surrender to the scale of the … Continue reading

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At the Museum of Texas Tech, Exploring the Deep History of Life in West Texas

Mountain lions and mule deer, rattlesnakes, prairie dogs and falcons – West Texas has a rich assortment of wildlife. But rich as it is, it’s only the present chapter in the history of life. And that history contains volumes. Across … Continue reading

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For Endangered Long-Nosed Bat, An Intimate Link to Agave Is Threatened

Agave is one of the great resources of arid North America. It was a staple food for Native Americans. It’s notable for its beauty – its luminous floret and towering stalk. Agave spirits – tequila, mezcal – are prized exports. … Continue reading

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Lubbock Lake Landmark: A One-of-a-Kind “Archive” of Life on the Llano Estacado

It was WPA site 17 dash 1. In 1936, federal works crews were using heavy equipment – the likes of which had never been seen in West Texas – to try to rejuvenate springs in Yellow House Draw, at the … Continue reading

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