Blame Evolution

Blame Evolution

(Not a Chinese Lab)

(March 26, 2020) Many conspiracy theorists, who seem to make up about half the posters I'm seeing on Facebook these days, have glommed onto the idea that SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing the...

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HumBug: Bugs in the City

(March 29, 2020) A quick trip to San Francisco a few weeks ago, when that was still possible yielded familiar creatures. At a rest area we saw at least three California tortoise shell...

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Raptors at Chapman'sGem and Mineral

(March 18, 2020) Since childhood, dinosaurs have held a fascination for me. If dinosaurs roamed the earth today, my photo stories would probably be about them or, perhaps more likely, about dinosaurs at...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of March 19, 2020

(March 18, 2020) We interrupt your regularly scheduled horoscopes to offer insights about the virus-driven turning point that the whole world is now experiencing. As you've probably guessed, all of us are being...

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The 12-Second Life

(March 12, 2020) Human lives generally last for 2 billion to 3 billion seconds; the universe is nearly 14 billion years old. Looking at those two statements on my laptop, I feel slightly...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of March. 12, 2020

(March 12, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Giacomo Puccini's famous opera Tosca premiered in 1900. It featured a heroine named Tosca. In 1914, Puccini's favorite Tosca, a soprano singer named Maria Jeritza, was...

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Pass the Eelgrass

(March 5, 2020) Pssst! Hey man, wanna smoke some eelgrass?" asked an imaginary stranger. I was like, "Why would I? And who are you, anyway?" "I represent all of your imaginary friends, relatives,...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of March 5, 2020

(March 5, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Progress rarely unfolds in a glorious, ever-rising upward arc. The more usual pattern is gradual and uneven. Each modest ascent is followed by a phase of...

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HumBug: Saps, Jumpers and Stingers

(March 1, 2020) Lacquering a dowel, I found half a dozen tiny beetles waiting for the chance to entomb themselves in the artificial amber. These are sap beetles. They are usually minute like...

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Railroad to the East

(February 27, 2020) Humboldt has surely seen its fair share of far-fetched schemes: huge bladders full of Mad River water to be towed to Southern California; buoys to harness wave power for electricity...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Feb. 27, 2020

(February 27, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): You may sometimes reach a point where you worry that conditions are not exactly right to pursue your dreams or fulfill your holy quest. Does that...

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HumBug: Strategy

(February 23, 2020) I had to remind myself it's still winter as I watched a mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) and two smaller orange butterflies flutter by, too high and fast to get a...

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Parasites all the Way Down

(February 20, 2020) Even parasites have nightmares Some experts assert that the most common lifestyle in nature is that of parasitism. (Read Rachel Nuwer's interview with ecologist Kevin Lafferty "Parasitism is the Most Popular Lifestyle...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Feb. 20, 2020

(February 20, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do you feel ready to change your mind about an idea or belief or theory that has been losing its usefulness? Would you consider changing your...

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HumBug: Winter Insects

(February 16, 2020) Walking along the road, I saw my first two milkmaids (Cardamine californica), the daffodil bulbs my friend gave me last fall, are starting to put up leaves and the pussy...

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A Question of Longitude

Part 2 of 2

(February 13, 2020) Last week, we saw how, starting in the late 1600s, astronomers published almanacs of predictable celestial events, in particular the eclipses of Jupiter's four bright ("Galilean") moons, allowing travelers anywhere...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Feb. 13, 2020

(February 13, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now that she's in her late 40s, Aries comedian and actress Tig Notaro is wiser about love. Her increased capacity for romantic happiness has developed in...

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A Question of Longitude

(Part 1 of 2)

(February 6, 2020) For 2,000 years, since the time of Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemy, we have defined our position on Earth by two numbers. Latitude tells you how far you are from the...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Feb. 6, 2020

(February 6, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): You now have the power to make connections that have not previously been possible. You can tap into an enhanced capacity to forge new alliances and...

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HumBug: Worms, Ticks and Hand Sanitizer

(February 2, 2020) During the damp months of the year, dozens of robins at a time visit my yard. They hop about, stopping, tilting their heads, then driving their beaks into the ground,...

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Wiener Dog of the Sea

Aka harbor porpoises

(January 30, 2020) Once while wading in a little cove during a beautiful sunrise, I noticed a harbor porpoise swimming surprisingly close to me. And she had a tiny baby porpoise at...

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Public Health Announces Six New Positive Cases of COVID-19, Bringing the Total to 27

(March 31, 2020) Public Health announced today that it has recorded six new positive COVID-19 cases. Humboldt County's number of COVID-19 cases continued to climb yesterday, as Public Health announced three new...

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Kinetic Grand Championship Goes the Social Distance

(March 31, 2020) Hang your heads, for the Kinetic Grand Championship Race as we know it will not take place this year with an Arcata Plaza kickoff and all its attending fanfare. Instead,...

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Blue Lake Rancheria Delivers Meals to Tribal Elders During COVID-19 Pandemic

(March 31, 2020) The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe’s Elder Nutrition Program is delivering three weeks' worth of meals to the 70 tribe elders enrolled in the meal program amid the COVID-19 outbreak....

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