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Understanding GMOs

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We have a long history tinkering with things. Through domestication and artificial selection, humans have bred many familiar and useful food organisms—beef cattle, chickens, hybrid corn, large-fruited tomatoes, and hundreds of others. This artificial selection by managing natural reproductive processes takes time, and the appropriateness of the cross-breeding and the resulting hybrids is typically judged […]

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The Novice’s Grimoire: The Symbolism of Baphomet

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Baphomet, or the Goat of Mendes, is a symbol that throughout history has played a mysterious and often misunderstood role. And though symbols and their meanings alter with time and society, it would seem Baphomet’s roots are not something society has held fast to, instead allowing it to become a catch-all image for any line […]

The Aquarium Age: Aug. 24-30

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Keep your to-do list handy and get ready to check off as many items as possible. It’s a week of preparation, which means projects, big and small, require attention and that translates into beaucoup details. Not everyone will want to knuckle down and wrangle through the many-knotted situations in need of organization. And those who […]

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Ask Umbra: What’s the greenest way to get rid of hornets and yellow jackets?

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Q. Dear Umbra, What’s the most environmentally responsible way to deal with hornets and yellow jackets nesting near people? Sprays seem pretty toxic to everything (not just the stingers) and I wouldn’t want to make things even harder for honeybees and other pollinators. We’ve had several stinging episodes (a hornet sting is extremely painful), and […]

The Aquarium Age: August 17-23

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Several potent planetary interactions coalesce to form an interesting week. It’s more than likely you’ll feel pulled in several directions simultaneously by these dynamic configurations. And while it’s not quite a marathon—we’ve seen busier and tougher weeks—managing this week’s flux requires the skill to handle more than a few challenges. So take as many deep […]

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Tea Tree Oil

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  Contrary to what its name may suggest, tea tree oil has no connection to the tea tree, Camellia sinensis, from which varieties of white, green and black tea are produced, except by mere misunderstanding—disappointing, I know. This misunderstanding, or misnomer, originated with Captain Cook, a British explorer, and his men. When they landed on […]

The Aquarium Age: August 10-16

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The status quo won’t work this week, and trying to hold onto what was in an effort to understand what is will be nothing more than a useless attempt to control the uncontrollable. Life, as we have been learning all along, is an uncontrollable mystery powered by forces bigger than anyone understands, and all attempts […]

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Amethyst

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Amethyst, a purple, often transparent stone with short and softly angled spikes is the focus of our studies this week, Novices. The name, amethyst, is derived from the ancient Greek, meaning “non-inebriated.” The stone received its name from a belief that by simply holding the stone, having it about your person or drinking from a cup […]

The Aquarium Age: August 3-9

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The sky is super busy this week as the stars and planets array themselves in dynamic patterns, patterns that are reflected through the goings-on of daily life here on Earth. Don’t be surprised if there’s just a little too much to handle but more than enough enthusiasm to make the overload work. Also be prepared […]

 
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