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News Author Galen Lastko

Love in the Time of Covid-19: Quarantine Your Fear

Published in the Humboldt Independent on March 31, 2020 We are living through one of the scariest times in recent history, and humans are not very good at being scared. Experiencing an overwhelming global crisis coupled with the prospect of…

Part 2 – Wuhan Coronavirus: Don’t Panic, But It’s Pandemic

Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 18, 2020 First, a quick update. The Wuhan Coronavirus has a new name and is now called COVID-19. I think the rebranding is a little sterile and sounds more like a missile defense…

Wuhan Coronavirus: A Practical Pandemic Panic Primer

Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 4, 2020 From the same planet that brought you SARS and MERS, it’s the 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus. I’m sure a more pronounceable acronym is forthcoming, but for now, we’ll call it the Wuhan…

How To Remember To Not Forget

I had a great opening sentence to this article that came to me last night as I was going to sleep. Where it went since then, I have no idea. Memory is far from a perfect system, and the brain’s…

Grow Up, Not Old

This is the first in a two-part series looking at the effects of aging on our health, and the lives and well-being of seniors in our community. Death and taxes aren’t the only certainties in life: there’s also getting old.…

The Mold Testament

Molds are not exactly the most charismatic of fungi. They are not often as tasty or charming as mushrooms, and not useful for fermentation or baking like their cousins the yeasts. When we think of mold we generally think of…

To Sleep, Perchance, To Sleep Enough

In case you don’t remember, you’ve probably spent a third of your life laying dormant, experiencing deep periods of unconsciousness alternating with patterns of symbolic, poorly understood, yet altogether vivid and emotional hallucinations. For almost everything that walks, crawls, or…

Fighting Back Against Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve seen the pink-washed products on the shelves and the Run for the Cure events. But just how common is breast cancer? Well as it turns out – extremely. In 2018, there were…

Fear of a Wireless Planet

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electromagnetic Radiation “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -Arthur C. Clark Ever since mobile phones found their way into nearly everyone’s pocket, there have been concerns about the effects…

Screen Time!

Humans spend an awful lot of time staring at screens. You’re probably reading this on a screen. I’m certainly writing it on one, and if you’re actually lucky enough to be holding some good-old fashioned newsprint in your hands you…