Impostors and Bloodsuckers

Impostors and Bloodsuckers

(April 23, 2015) A Bee or Not a Bee? Recently out in the yard, a glimpse of the insect world's most popular warning colors of black and yellow hinted that the buzzing around...

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When sex is a pain

(April 23, 2015) What does it mean when sex hurts? I'm not talking about consensual power-exchange here — that's a topic for another day. I'm talking about pain that happens when it shouldn't,...

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Elevator to Space

(April 16, 2015) When a passenger jet takes off, about one-third of its weight is the fuel it will burn flying from point A to point B. Rocket designers would swoon for such...

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Food Not Lawns

Bringing the farm to your front yard

(April 16, 2015) Growing food at home is hardly a new idea. But in this culture, where more people know how to take the perfect selfie than how to grow a potato, urban...

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Word Oddballs

(April 2, 2015) 1. What word rhymes with "orange"? 2. What's a common 11-letter word starting and ending with "und"? 3. And a common word containing "uu"? 4. How about words containing the...

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Zombies and Natural Born Killers

(March 26, 2015) Zombie Dung Flies While working in my front yard, I noticed insects flying around at ankle height. Soon enough one landed. I identified it as the familiar 'golden dung fly'...

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Organize Your Own Seed Swap

(March 19, 2015) Whether you save your own seeds or just have a bunch of leftover packets from years past, a seed swap is a great way to expand the diversity of both...

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We Need to Talk

Conversations for better sex

(March 19, 2015) For something as delightful as having sex, people sure do worry a lot about it. It seems to me that we have a hard time managing our expectations about sex...

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Thar She Blows

Whale watching on the North Coast

(March 19, 2015) The migration of the gray whale is a phenomenon on a par with the mass movement of the wildebeest across Africa's Serengeti and the monarch butterfly's journey from the Eastern...

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The Future (Weather) is Now

(March 19, 2015) Although the recent winter storms helped replenish California's dangerously low reservoirs and cropland water tables, much (much!) more rainfall is needed to get the Golden State back to normal. However,...

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Kicking Gophers and Moles to the Curb

(March 5, 2015) Whether you live in central Eureka or in the wild outskirts of Trinidad, gophers and moles can be found in just about any North Coast garden. While I would not...

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in our blogs...

McGuire Proposes Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

(April 22, 2015) Pot’s on a lot of minds in Sacramento these days. Our own state senator, Mike McGuire, announced on 4/20 that his proposed medical marijuana bill was approved unanimously by the...

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4/20's Back!

(April 20, 2015) "This is lame," murmured one of Arcata's few hardcore stoners around 4:23 p.m. this afternoon. A couple of young men had stepped off the concrete slab at Redwood Park, the...

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Dramatic Rescue on the Lost Coast Trail

(April 20, 2015) Emergency crews from almost a dozen agencies worked through Saturday night and into Sunday morning to rescue a hiker from a remote area of the Lost Coast Trail, near Shelter...

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