Graphene: The Future of Desalination?

(August 15, 2019) "Water, water everywhere/Nor any drop to drink." Samuel Taylor Coleridge's ancient mariner was plagued by the same predicament as many people today who live near the ocean: They're short of...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Aug. 15, 2019

(August 15, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): How did sound technicians create the signature roar of the fictional monster Godzilla? They slathered pine-tar resin on a leather glove and stroked it against the...

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Unicorns

And other hard-to-find critters

(August 8, 2019) Nymphs on patrol I have seen alarmingly few dragonflies along my stretch of the Van Duzen River this year. Where I'm used to seeing dozens in a day, I'm seeing...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Aug. 8, 2019

(August 8, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): When it came time to write your horoscope, I was feeling unusually lazy. I could barely summon enough energy to draw up the planetary charts. I...

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HumBug: New Dragon, Bold Patterns and Teeny Bees

(August 4, 2019) A walk along the Van Duzen River on a warm, sunny day can produce some surprises. Today I spotted a dragonfly which is new to my “life list” (a term...

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Garden to Medicine Cabinet

These flowers are the balm

(August 1, 2019) Like the song goes, "Summertime, and the living is easy." Here on the home farm, we've been enjoying the pleasant mid-summer days and long evenings, as well as garden fresh...

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Lunar Boondoggle?

(August 1, 2019) We are in the middle of another space race, according to Vice President Mike Pence, "just as we were in the 1960s." No, not with those Sputnik-launching Ruskies this time....

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Aug. 1, 2019

(August 1, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Dear Diary: Last night my Aries friend dragged me to the Karaoke Bowling Alley and Sushi Bar. I was deeply skeptical. The place sounded tacky. But...

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HumBug: Nymphs Patrolling

(July 28, 2019) I have seen alarmingly few dragonflies along my stretch of the Van Duzen River this year. Where I'm used to seeing dozens in a day, I'm seeing one or...

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No Disrespect

(July 25, 2019) Would you like to learn how to talk to fish like I do? It's easy. Try starting with small talk like, "Sorry about that hook in your face, buddy. How's...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of July 25, 2019

(July 25, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): An Aries reader sent me a boisterous email. "I was afraid I was getting too bogged down by my duties," he said, "too hypnotized by routine,...

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Panic Room

Getting out at Escape Eureka

(July 18, 2019) The immediate appeal of an escape room is the allure of a real-time, interactive game. It's the closest I can get to a holodeck without investing some real dough in...

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Apollo Plus Fifty

(July 18, 2019) "... this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon ... No single space project in this period...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of July. 25, 2019

(July 18, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): After analyzing unusual animal behavior, magnetic fluctuations, outbreaks of mayhem on Twitter, and the position of the moon, a psychic has foretold that a moderate earthquake...

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Dragonflies, Daubers and Friendly Moths

(July 11, 2019) Dragonflies remembered Sometimes it takes a little excursion to get back home. A fond memory from childhood was watching eight spotted skimmer dragonflies (Libellula forensis) over the little creek at...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of July 11, 2019

(July 11, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): You're in the Land of Green Magic. That's potentially very good news, but you must also be cautious. Why? Because in the Land of Green Magic,...

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Spider Eyes

(July 11, 2019) When my wife asked if I wanted to take a midnight stroll I was delighted. I was even more delighted when we saw a couple of unexpected predators. Not wishing...

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HumBug: Dragonflies Remembered

(July 7, 2019) Sometimes it takes a little excursion to get back home. A fond memory from childhood was watching eight spotted skimmer dragonflies (Libellula forensis) over the little creek at my...

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Seven Puzzles for the Seventh Month

(July 4, 2019) The Old Bridge Four people with one flashlight between them have to cross a rickety two-person capacity bridge in the next 17 minutes before a hurricane destroys it: Alice...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of July 4, 2019

(July 4, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): When the universe began 13.8 billion years ago, there were only four elements: mostly hydrogen and helium, plus tiny amounts of lithium and beryllium. Now there...

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North Coast Night Lights: Reflections at Richardson Grove

(August 14, 2019) As you read on your computer or mobile device, remember that you, too, can unplug, go outside not too far from where you are now and experience a night...

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Gist Hall Re-Opens After Asbestos Shutdown

(August 14, 2019) After a presence of disturbed asbestos found in a “space used to help circulate air” closed down Gist Hall in May, Humboldt State University has announced the building reopened...

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Eureka Hit a Record High on Tuesday

(August 14, 2019) If you were wondering, the coast did set a record temperature for the day yesterday at 71. That bested the 2003 high of 70, according the Eureka office of the...

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