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You Can’t Touch This

Photo by Yoann Boyer on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 20, 2021 We arrive finally at the last of the five human senses: touch. Last in our series, but likely the first sense to develop in human…

The Future of mRNA Vaccines

Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash Posted in the Humboldt Independent on July 13, 2021 While COVID-19 continues to mutate through the Greek alphabet (I think we’re up to the epsilon variant by now), it seems safe to say that…

The Delta Variant

Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 6, 2021 The so-called delta variant of COVID-19 has been making headlines for the past few weeks, and with good reason. Potentially twice as infectious as…

A Matter of Taste

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 29, 2021 We have previously covered sight, hearing, and smell, and now arrive at taste on our odyssey through the suite of human senses. To most of us, taste is…

The Unmasking

Image by 마스크맨 from Pixabay  Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 22, 2021 As of June 15th, California has had enough. For those fortunate enough to have been fully vaccinated, masks are no longer required in public spaces. COVID-related restrictions on businesses…

The Nose Knows

Photo by Casey Murphy on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 15 Moving on in our tour of the senses, we sniff out the human nose, a sense organ that gets a bad rap compared to your basset hound’s…

Cuddle Time II: The Oxytocin Commotion

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 8, 2021 Cuddling is one of the first things most humans get to experience. Shortly after arriving on the planet, we are delivered to mom and…

Lend Me Your Ears

Photo by Hayes Potter on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 1, 2021 Whether it’s Mozart or Led Zeppelin, birdsong or an elephant’s trumpet, your ears process sound the same way. Then your brain makes up your mind…

The Long Haul

Photo by Shane on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on May 25, 2021 For all the sound and fury and shenanigans COVID-19 has dumped unceremoniously in our laps over the past year, the disease was never prone to causing…

The Eyes Have It

Photo by Nonsap Visuals on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on May 18, 2021 “I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.” — Maya Angelou This is the first in a series of…