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If You Guild It, They Will Come

How to grow a food forest

(September 22, 2016) In a forest, the plants collaborate. They take turns blooming, share space, distribute different nutrients and succeed each other over generations. In our home gardens, we can create diverse, low-maintenance...

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Black Light Party

(September 22, 2016) Like Moths to a Black Light Last week I set up a light trap in my backyard with only limited success. Then I tried it with black compact fluorescent...

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The Cooking Ape, Part 2

(September 15, 2016) Last week, I discussed how cooking morphed us from ape to human by increasing the amount of energy we obtain from food, according to anthropologist and primatologist Richard Wrangham. Before...

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The Cooking Ape, Part 1

(September 8, 2016) Ape. That's what you'd have thought if you met one of our ancestors two million years ago: short stature, low brow, massive jaw and mouth housing huge teeth, small brain,...

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Digging Deep

Adding a personal dimension to your garden

(September 8, 2016) How do we experience a garden? Probably the first thing we notice is the visual aspect — the colors, textures and overall design that appeal to us. We may also...

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Adrenaline on Wheels

Burning rubber at the Samoa Drag Strip

(September 1, 2016) My hands squeeze tight on the wheel. Other parts of my anatomy are following suit. Tunnel vision has limited my focus to a half-mile strip of blackened concrete running...

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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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Local Veteran Rolls Through Humboldt to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

(September 26, 2016) Two veterans are riding 2,200 miles on specialized four-wheel drive mobility chairs, from the Canadian border to Mexico, then back to Fresno, to bring attention to the 22 veterans said...

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HumBug: False Scorpions

(September 25, 2016) A little over 20 years ago, after moving to the country, I noticed a tiny, dark critter, no bigger than a newsprint letter “o” scurry across my counter. I...

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Klamath Dam Removal Takes a Step Forward

(September 25, 2016) The newly formed nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corporation and dam owner PacifiCorp filed applications Friday with federal regulators to decommission the four hydroelectric dams that clog the Klamath River. The...

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