Suicide: Decision or Disease?

Suicide: Decision or Disease?

(September 11, 2014) Last June, Golden Gate Bridge directors voted to fund 20-foot-wide "suicide nets" on each side of the bridge, at a cost of $76 million. Over 1,600 people have jumped to...

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September Gardening To-Do List

(September 4, 2014) Though the days feel hot, humid and long, a mild chill at night and streaks of vibrant color through the foliage of birches and maples let us know that winter...

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Test Your Science Quotient

(August 21, 2014) Think you know science? Answer true or false: 1. The "Flammarion engraving" (above) dates to the Middle Ages. 2. Between 2000 and 2010, more murders occurred in New York City...

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Groom of Doom

And fighting the urge to cling

(August 14, 2014) Hey McGuinty! I am freaking out! In three weeks I'm getting married and not even the honeymoon sounds good at this point. My lady and I have been together for...

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New at the Zoo

Otters, salmon and eagles, oh my!

(August 14, 2014) Over the years, I have written about rooting around for mushrooms, long walks around the bay or along the coast, cycling the Avenue of the Giants, tidepooling, ziplining and wrestling...

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The Mapmaker's Dilemma

(August 7, 2014) If you're over 50, chances are the obligatory world maps hanging in your classrooms were based on the Mercator projection. You probably remember it: Greenland, which is 14 times smaller...

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August Gardening To-Do List

(August 7, 2014) Welcome to August! At the moment, you're probably still naively excited about every zucchini you harvest, but by the end of the month, don't be surprised if friends start playing...

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Pretty Fly

Kiteboarding at Clam Beach

(July 24, 2014) You may have noticed those giant kites in the sky above Clam Beach and wondered what's going on out there. It's kiteboarding, also known as kitesurfing. It's similar to wakeboarding...

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Soft Drinks, Obesity and Scientific Neutrality

(July 24, 2014) Some connections are just so obvious we hardly give them a second thought: drinking and driving, crack and bad teeth, smoking and lung cancer. And — this week's topic —...

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Quest for the Mother Tongue: Part 2

(July 10, 2014) Last week, we considered the possibility of reconstructing Proto-World, the mother tongue from which all of the world's languages, living and dead, are derived. Although a handful of maverick researchers...

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Quest for the Mother Tongue: Part 1

(July 3, 2014) According to most linguists, all languages trace their roots to a single mother tongue, dubbed "Proto-World," "Proto-Sapiens" or the "Ur" language. Invented more than 100,000 years ago, before humans left...

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in our blogs...

New Hoopa Fire Threatens Homes

(September 13, 2014) Hoopa firefighters battled a blaze on Bald Hill, which overlooks the Hoopa Valley, all night and by 9 a.m. this morning the fire had burned more than 175 acres and...

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Last of the Liquors Leave the Pulp Mill

(September 10, 2014) The Samoa Pulp Mill is liquor free as of today. The nearly six-month process of hauling the three million gallons of abandoned caustic chemicals ended with a final truck heading...

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DA Candidates Covered in Weed

(September 8, 2014) A savvy Fortuna merchant is peddling some of last year's great green crop for what, by his/her account, is a swinging deal. Yup, for "200 a unit" you can pick...

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