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Treat Yourself to Some Hope

Photo by Jungwoo Hong on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 4, 2020 With case numbers rising and no vaccine expected until at least 2021, there’s not a lot of hopeful news on the COVID front, at least…

Fitting Into Your Genes, Part II

Photo by CDC on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 28, 2020 Read Fitting Into Your Genes, Part I DNA testing Millions of Americans have flocked to have their DNA tested over the past decade or so to…

Get a Grip

Photo by Kelly Sikkema  Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 14, 2020  Do you think you could hang from a chin-up bar for 30 seconds without your hand grip failing? How far could you walk if you were carrying…

Fitting Into Your Genes Part I

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 30, 2020 While we’ve seen some creative spelling variations on protest placards in the news lately, what you are about to read is not about that quarantine spare tire that…

Catching Waves

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 23, 2020 What A Second Wave Might Look Like The notable spikes in COVID-19 numbers following the optimistic reopening of several states have drawn attention to the…

OK, Zoomer

Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash With schools and many workplaces closed and millions of people sheltering in place over the past three months, our intensely social species has found its social habits undergoing a sometimes disturbing transformation. Many changes…

Addiction

Photo by Külli Kittus on Unsplash We have a bit of a tendency to throw around the word “addiction.” On one hand, we have the “fun” kind of addiction, as in, “this new show is so addictive”, or “I’m addicted…

Are You Gonna Eat That?

Photo by Ello on Unsplash Diet is right up there with religion and politics as a topic that will often create acrimony or even outright hostility among folks who don’t see eye to eye, so if you find anything hard…

It Takes the Vaccination of Millions to Hold Them Back

Photo by CDC on Unsplash Vaccination is a process in which our immune systems are introduced to a harmless version of an infectious agent, such as a virus or bacterium. This introduction induces the body’s natural immune response and marks…

Alone and Lonely, Together Or, I Promise This Isn’t Entirely About Coronavirus

Photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash Sociality (not socialism) is the degree to which an animal cooperates or associates with its own kind, and it is a product of survival, evolution, and biology. Some organisms, like many big cats, are…