Quest for the Mother Tongue: Part 1

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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Bay Walk

A locadventure at 2 miles per hour

(June 19, 2014) My feet felt like tenderized beef and there was still a layer of sweat salt on my forehead. I had several new rips in my hiking pants and ritual scarification...

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Bitchfests and Love Nests

Welcome to the department of complaints

(June 19, 2014) Hey McGuinty! My best friend has been with her boyfriend for a few years, and for the last year all she's done is complain about him. He doesn't abuse her,...

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The June To-Do List

(June 5, 2014) Though it hardly feels like summer, the half-crazed look of freedom in the eyes of students, college and otherwise, tells a different story. In the garden, the detritus of spring...

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The Bane of Batteries

(June 5, 2014) Right by the checkout counter of my local drugstore is a display of "heavy duty" zinc-carbon batteries. Nothing remarkable about that, you say. They were around when you were a...

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Foraging

A cook gone wild

(May 29, 2014) If you know what to look for, the world is your kitchen cabinet. Foraging in the spring can be a hungry affair compared to fall's bounty of fruit, mushrooms and...

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Whispers from the Birth of the Universe

(May 22, 2014) Cosmologically speaking, everything changed in May of 1965, when two radio astronomers working for Bell Labs detected a faint whisper of radiation, a fossil relic from the birth of...

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The Road Not (Yet) Taken

A tour of the Eel River Estuary Preserve

(May 15, 2014) In case you hadn't noticed, there's a veritable tsunami of public-access improvements sweeping Humboldt County: the Arcata Ridge, Humboldt Bay and Hikshari' trails; the McKay Tract; the Eel River...

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Hooters and Computers

Cold shoulders and over-zealous bolders

(May 15, 2014) Hey McGuinty! My husband recently moved out of the area for work, leaving me and our 1-year-old here for a few months until we find housing. I work full time...

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Nonprofit Sues Blue Cross Over Obamacare Networks

(July 9, 2014) A Southern California nonprofit filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Anthem Blue Cross misled millions of customers when rolling out its plans under the Affordable Care Act, leaving many enrollees on the...

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Around Humboldt County

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Historically Dry

(July 1, 2014) June 30 brought the close of the 2013-2014 water year, and it will go down in history as one of the driest ever recorded in Eureka. According to measurements by...

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