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News Author Galen Lastko

Athletes of the Fine Muscles

Photo by 童 彤 on Unsplash. Fine motor skills are one of humanity’s greatest tricks. While we lack the strength and powerful grip of our primate cousins, we have among the most sensitive and sophisticated dexterity of any animal, owing…

Good Grief

Photo by Pierre Bamin on Unsplash The experience of loss is an inevitable yet irreconcilable part of the human experience. We are taught from an early age that all things must pass, and even a cursory glance around the planet…

What a Pickle

Photo by The Matter of Food on Unsplash While many anthropologists will point to the development of agriculture and language as the most critical steps in humanity’s climb to the top of the food chain, more and more academics are…

Bone Appetit

Photo by Bluebird Provisions on Unsplash The first rainy days of the year always seem like a good excuse for soup, and a good soup starts with a good homemade stock. Bone broth is a remarkably easy and healthy way…

An Insensitive Subject

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash One of the biggest problems with talking about suicide is that we’re not very good at talking about suicide. In many cases, it’s seen as a sensitive subject that should be discussed very carefully,…

August Pandemic Roundup

Photo by Rob Hampson on Unsplash First of all, polio isn’t really back. There’s no reunion tour or late night TV gigs, this recent appearance is more like a cover band turning up at an open mic night. While the…

Go Have A Laugh

Photo by kazuend on Unsplash Despite what you might have heard, laughter is not the best medicine: if it was, some pharmaceutical company would probably figure out how to patent it. Laughter is, however, an exceptional way to relieve stress…

The Scrolling of Doom

Photo by Rob Hampson on Unsplash Doom scrolling (or, even better, doom surfing) is the act of endlessly dragging yourself through the news feed on your phone or computer while slowly being overwhelmed by the volume of negative, depressing, or…

This Pox is Bananas

Photo by Mike Dorner on Unsplash The next major pandemic may already be here. I’m not sure who ordered it, since we’ve still got plenty of COVID-19 leftovers in the fridge, but monkeypox, typically a disease confined to the African…

So Healthy Together: The Care and Feeding of Your Immune System

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash With all of the COVID-related anxiety we’ve slogged through these past years, it’s been very easy to forget just how remarkable the human immune system is. All animals have some ability to recognize and…