General Relativity, 100 Years On

General Relativity, 100 Years On

(November 19, 2015) One hundred years ago, on Nov. 25, 1915, 36-year old Albert Einstein made history when he redefined gravity in his fourth and final lecture to the Prussian Academy of...

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The Unity of Life

(November 5, 2015) Terrestrial life is a thing, singular. Every shred of life on Earth (two million species we know about, plus maybe another 50 million we don't) — plants, animals, bacteria, fungi...

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Blowin' in the Wind

Evergreen grasses for the winter garden

(November 5, 2015) The winter garden brings to mind rhododendrons, dwarf conifers and plants with colorful stemwork like red twig dogwoods. And while these plants form a strong framework from which the rest...

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Cannibals and Weavers

Lady Killers

(October 29, 2015) With branches of kung-fu based on its movements, the mantis is the epitome of elegant lethality in the insect world. Over the years I've seen more 3- to 4-inch adult...

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The Martian

Right, wrong and just plain dumb

(October 22, 2015) The Martian, playing in 3D at a theater near you, is Ridley Scott's attempt to show how a castaway on Mars (Matt Damon) could "science the shit" out of...

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Seed Saving Made Simple

(October 22, 2015) This time of the year, the garden might at first glance look messy, unkempt. The plants are starting to dry out, turn brown and die. But look a little deeper...

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Night Riders

Bike Party Humboldt lights it up

(October 22, 2015) Remember when you were 10, riding by yourself to the corner store for the first time? How about when you and your Saturday crew would go soaring down dirt roads,...

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No Contest

Ordinary vs. Safety

(October 8, 2015) If you'd been on the streets of London, Paris or New York in the late 1880s, you'd have seen two types of bicycle: the "Ordinary," or penny-farthing, and the...

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A Walk on the Dark Side

Halloween-inspired plants

(October 8, 2015) Many of us have been pressed into sedate suits and neutral colors by day jobs or a misplaced sense of propriety as we age, but if you've been squashing down...

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Different Desires

And opening your relationship

(October 8, 2015) I have a handful of related questions to answer this week. One reader asked how she might improve the sexual relationship she has with her spouse, whom she adores but...

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Damsels and Empty Shells

(October 1, 2015) Neglected Damsels Whenever I give a talk on dragonflies, I point out that there are two subgroups to the order Odonata, which I am told differentiates between the sizes and...

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in our blogs...

Dogs Dosed By Junkie Poop? Naaaah. Well, Maybe.

(November 25, 2015) A few weeks ago, while scrolling through Facebook to research our article on digilantism, we ran across a passionate comment from a Hammond Trail hiker whose pup had been "poisoned"...

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HumBug: Scaly Protection

(November 22, 2015) The order of butterflies and moths, Lepidoptera, gets its name from Greek words meaning “scale wings.” Like a mosaic, those scales make up each species' distinctive markings. Listed in...

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UPDATE: Panda Found

(November 22, 2015) UPDATE: The Eureka Police Department announced this morning that Masala, the 18-month-old red panda on the lam from the Sequoia Park Zoo since Thursday, was found last night and...

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