Small is Beautiful

Small is Beautiful

Big yields from little gardens

(August 25, 2016) There are plenty of good reasons to develop a skill set for growing food in small spaces. Maybe you only have a tiny balcony with sun for half the day?...

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Shots, Shots, Shots

The birth of vaccines

(August 25, 2016) "Every year, thousands undergo this operation, and the French Ambassador says pleasantly, that they take the small-pox here by way of diversion, as they take the waters in other countries."...

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Horny Buggers

What you can find in and around the North Coast's ponds, lakes and streams

(August 18, 2016) Three Critters on a River Anyone who has spent much time poking around streams and rivers has encountered the wondrous "Whirligig Beetle." Shiny black ovals a bit more than a...

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A No-Win GMO Label Law

(August 11, 2016) An unprecedented flurry of bipartisan activity followed the July 1 implementation of Vermont's genetically modified (GM) food labeling law. Superseding individual state laws (which would have brought chaos to the...

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The Real Wheel

(July 28, 2016) Imagine a time machine has transported you back about 5,000 years to ancient Egypt, and you're watching a crew of workers wrestle with a big block of stone. They're building...

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A Midsummer Checklist

What to do in the Garden in July and August

(July 21, 2016) If you're anything like me, this is the time of year you live for. The garden is popping, flowers are blooming, and there's more zucchini than you know what to...

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Camels and Blowholes

Paddling out on the North Coast

(July 21, 2016) The surf scene up here is unique. There is so much more that goes into a session in Humboldt County than in a daily check of different beaches along the...

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Non-random Random Primes

(July 14, 2016) This is the story of how a curious coin-tossing paradox led a pair of Stanford University mathematicians to find an unexpected property of prime numbers, a quirk in full...

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Sunk Cost Fallacy

(June 30, 2016) "Every garage sale is a funeral for someone's sunk costs." — David McRaney How do I deceive me? Let me count the ways ... number one would be my belief...

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Just Holler, 'Pull!'

An afternoon at the trap and skeet range

(June 23, 2016) The sun is shining as I tuck my Subaru into the row of jumbo pick-up trucks inhabiting the parking lot of the Humboldt Trap and Skeet Range. A distant...

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Eaten Alive

By insects and plants

(June 23, 2016) Scary Scenarios If you like the Alien movies, you'll love the solitary wasp. Take one of my favorites, Eumenes, the potter wasp. She flies up and down tiny branches,...

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HumBug: An Afternoon on the Van Duzen

(August 28, 2016) Trying to stay up to date with the entomological fauna in my area, I went for an extended hike, braving ankle-deep waters and wading upstream from my usual haunts....

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Registration Deadlines Loom for Marijuana Farmers

(August 19, 2016) Humboldt County marijuana farmer's train to legitimacy is preparing to leave the station. There are a couple of deadlines looming for marijuana growers throughout the county who want to go...

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UPDATED: Bay Billboards No More

(August 19, 2016) UPDATE: The Humboldt County Association of Governments just issued a press release noting that removal of the 10 billboards won’t just be good for scenery enthusiasts, but also for...

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