Bee Hives: Nature's Architectural Wonder (Slideshow)
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While finding a bees nest isn't always something to celebrate, looking past the stingers to focus on the architecture can help you see them in a whole new way. Throughout history, architects and designers have looked to hives for inspiration -- take this tower and this bookcase -- and it's easy to see why. From the delicate combs of a paper wasp and the waxy holes of a honeycomb to impossibly tiny cocoons made of individual flower petals, these beehives have a beauty all their own.