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Responsible Citizens Catch Fish and Climb Trees

I’m sitting, staring intently at the red and white striped bobber floating just at the surface of the water. It rocks soporifically in time with the boat lulling me to near sleep until my five year old eyes are distracted by the … Continue reading

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Planning the Perfect Alien Invasion

It sounds like a conspiracy theory: there are invaders all over the world, lurking in plain sight. The thought of it immediately calls to mind fantastical Dr. Who-worthy plots where little green martian men wear the skins of humans and … Continue reading

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Scurvy: Brought to You By Evolution

This entry is part of a recurring series called Use It Or Lose It that looks at those things that didn’t make the evolutionary cut and have been lost in modern species. “…the first sign is an inflamed, swollen condition … Continue reading

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Sensual Scents – How Magnolias Turn on the Human Brain

The buds have burst in Oslo, and my daily walking commute takes me under the auspices of pink and white magnolia trees. As soon as I find myself under one of these beauties, my steps invariably slow and I dally … Continue reading

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Have you lost your senses?

This entry is part of a recurring series called Use It Or Lose It that looks at those things that didn’t make the evolutionary cut and have been lost in modern species. As I’m reading, I inhale deeply and catch … Continue reading

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Taming the Easter Rabbit

For the typical North American, Easter brings with it thoughts of bunnies, chocolate and otherwise. In antiquity, rabbits and hares were symbols of spring and fertility on account of their notorious fecundity: they are capable of superfetation, and can conceive … Continue reading

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Pre-Industrial Air Pollution

Geologically speaking, we are in the midst of the Anthropocene, which is defined as the time period during which humans have been significantly altering their environment. It is the first geoglogical epoch not defined by changes in the qualities of … Continue reading

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