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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…

SoHum Health and South Fork High Partner to Support Youth Sports

In March 2021, regulations were loosened to allow organized sports to return to schools, with strict COVID-19 requirements in place. Youth athletes are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing in order to participate. South Fork High administrators were eager to…

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…

Go Get Stuck: The COVID-19 Vaccine Disinformation Roundup

Photo by CDC on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on May 11, 2021 With vaccination numbers on the rise and cases mostly on the decline, whispers of a return to normalcy are on the breeze once again, at least…

What’s That You Say?

Published in the Humboldt Independent on May 4, 2021 Beginning about 20 years ago a large international group of academic researchers conducted a series of informally linked studies on literacy in industrialized nations. The questions being asked were mostly concerned…

How to Train Your Immune System

Photo by Ellie Storms on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on April 27, 2021 While waiting in line at the grocery store last week, I ended up behind a mom and her young lad, who was maybe about six…

The Teenaged Brain

Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash Posted in the Humboldt Independent on April 13, 2021 Not so long ago, brain scientists asserted that brain plasticity occurred over a short period of time in childhood, ending before adolescence, and that teenagers’…