Test Your Science Quotient

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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July To-Dos

(July 3, 2014) With temperatures rising and both vegetable gardens and landscaped areas hitting their stride, there's a lot to be done in the garden and it's easy to fall behind. Not only...

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Replicants, Unite!

(June 19, 2014) Two reality-bending episodes of Star Trek: the Next Generation are standouts for me. In the final scene of "Ship in a Bottle," a glowing cube not much larger than a...

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SECOND UPDATE:Trinity Will Get More Water; Suit Filed

(August 26, 2014) SECOND UPDATE: On Monday, Aug. 25, around 5 p.m., the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority filed for a temporary restraining order in Fresno Superior Court to stop the increased flows. Dan...

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Wait a Second... Sunset Magazine's Dubious Geography

(August 24, 2014) If you saw Tuesday’s edition of the Times-Standard, you couldn’t have missed the splashy, above-the-fold cover feature about Sunset Magazine's most recent issue featuring Humboldt County on it’s own cover. The...

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Bay Trail North: Funded

(August 23, 2014) The California Transportation Commission this week approved $3.1 million in grant funding for the construction of the Humboldt Bay trail between Arcata and Bracut, possibly paving the way for construction...

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