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I can’t say too much about this here, mostly because I have very mixed feelings about it. I was never a fan of Prairie Home Companion, but I was a huge fan of The Writer’s Almanac. I think this article is pretty fair and balanced, but I had a roller coaster of emotions reading it. I guess it’s up to each of us to decide how serious this is: Investigation: For some who lived in it, Keillor’s world wasn’t funny

More fingernail biting about the melting permafrost: Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

Silly taxonomists…they named this tiny parasitic fly after Arnold Schwarzenegger because it has big legs: The Tiniest Parasitic Fly in the World Is Named After Arnold Schwarzenegger

In December, I won first and second place in a photography competition (I guess almost no one else submitted photos, that’s how I usually win things) and the grand prize was this AMAZING book called “The Botanical Wall Chart” which has prints of all of this beautiful artwork on plant morphology that botanists used to do. This article made me think of that: The lost art of looking at plants

Preliminary results from a citizen science project in Pennsylvania suggest that feral honeybees have stronger immune systems than managed honeybees: Tracking Feral Bee Health in Pennsylvania, preliminary results 2017

If you’re curious about human history, this article might be of interest. There’s a new fossil showing humans migrated out of Africa way earlier than we thought previously: New Fossil Found In Israel Suggests A Much Earlier Human Migration Out Of Africa

As an expat, this made me laugh. The international concept of “American food” is pretty limited to awful things, but there are a lot of ingredients I thought standard that are hard to find abroad. Examples of things difficult/impossible to find from my experience living in Dublin include: baking chocolate, molasses, apple sauce, apple butter, pureed pumpkin, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and a reasonable amount of nuts of any sort (100g packets are you serious with me?). In Australia, I remember really struggling to find mustard one day and then the only mustard I could find was labeled “American mustard” and it was just the plainest, blandest yellow mustard you could imagine. My Irish friends similarly believe that “American mustard” is the subtlest (i.e. flavorless) variety of mustard.* And the only variety of peanut butter I could find in my nearby Dunnes was “American style” (it was awful). It’s pretty funny to have the opposite experience in the States now, where I bought some “Irish tea” and was appalled. We’re all snobs about something: In London, The American Food Aisle Is Filled With Nostalgia And Preservatives

YES! Important info if you’re a fellow target. Mosquitoes absolutely adore my blood and will bite me seven times before anyone else even knows that mozzies are about. This study shows that even swatting at them without hitting them can help deter them from biting! How To Teach Mosquitoes To Leave You Alone

Hmmmmm…eggplant bacon I could be convinced to try**! I LOVE eggplant, this sounds delish: Eggplant “Bacon”

This sounds like fun…look for land that was used for agriculture by indigenous people before, you know, genocide and conquest and all that, by identifying the plants they domesticated: Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America

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I cannot emphasize enough how much people like to blame spiders for everything, when they are rarely the culprit. If you live in the northeast US, you do not have a brown recluse in your house; Brown Recluse: Pest Management Tips for the Spider That’s Not as Common as You Think

*I tried an “Irish mustard” and it did make me cry so there’s that.
**Minus the liquid smoke and maple syrup you can’t find them here.


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  1. I was amused by your food comments! Have you tried German or Fench mustard? Look for cooking chocolate as opposed to baking choc, most supermarkets will have it. Lidl and Aldi do reasonable sized bags of nuts and you will also find cooking chocolate there too. I think Lidl are also doing maple syrup this week!

    • Yeah but I don’t think we have to be too worried about ancient diseases. I think the main problem with the permafrost melting is that it will release more carbon and that is a positive feedback loop. That’s what we don’t want…

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