HumBug: Easy Pickings

HumBug: Easy Pickings

(August 20, 2017) My light trap isn't very sophisticated — just a white bed sheet stretched tentlike over a rope with three black light CFLs and an LED white light. It's powered...

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Hashtag, Bumper Crop

Veggies to plant now for fall and winter

(August 17, 2017) For the first five or so years that I was a gardener, I never planted anything in August. It just seems so crazy! It's too hot, how would anything...

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Moth Madness

Evolution and literary allusion

(August 17, 2017) A Moth of Another Color When I think the word "moth" I think of something gray. There are brightly colored day fliers but the nocturnal majority are gray or brown,...

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A Love Letter to Arcata High's Class of '87

(August 17, 2017) I am in a state of panic, deep-cleaning the refrigerator. I have also vacuumed the garage and deadheaded every petunia on the property. In a text this morning, I told...

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Science. It Works, etc.

(August 17, 2017) No stranger to controversy, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene) invited it in spades during an appearance at Oxford University in February of 2013. Asked for evidence that scientific...

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HumBug: Critters in the Water

(August 13, 2017) The river is low enough now to wade upstream for miles without getting in over my knees. You have to be careful because the rocks are slippery with algae....

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Ötzi the Iceman

(August 10, 2017) Peering through a small, double-glazed viewing window at the brown, desiccated body of a man who died 5,300 years ago is an uncanny experience. Should he even be on display,...

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HumBug: Mythic Moths

(August 3, 2017) Sunday night around 11:30 when I checked the light trap in my back yard, I was amazed to find a moth with a body as large as the first...

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HumBug: A Moth of Another Color

(July 30, 2017) When I think the word “moth” I think of something gray. To be sure there are brightly colored day fliers, but the nocturnal majority are gray or brown, patterned...

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Westworld vs. Realworld

(July 27, 2017) Along with my views on the utility of miniaturized modular nuclear reactors ("Nuclear Batteries," June 15), I suppose the opinion that generates the most unpopular reaction is my belief that...

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HumBug: Ow! The Lady Stings

(July 23, 2017) I usually discourage folks from bringing me insects since I do not actively collect, but when my son told me he had what he thought was a very fuzzy,...

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For Second Year in a Row, No Local Salmon at Klamath Salmon Festival

(August 15, 2017) For 53 years, the Klamath Salmon Festival was a celebration of the river's bounty and the traditions of the local Yurok Tribe, with Indian card games and stick game tournaments....

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Eclipse 2017: Humboldt Sits on a Partial Path of Totality

(August 9, 2017) While we won’t get the full view, Humboldt County residents will still have some pretty good seats for one of the greatest celestial shows on earth when a total solar...

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DA Clears EPD in Hospital Death

(August 8, 2017) The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the circumstances surrounding the April 2, 2016 death of Jeremy Jenkins and found that EPD personnel did not contribute to the cause...

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