Douglas G. Pearce
Douglas G. Pearce is a retired scientist who lives in Mono, you can read more miscellany in other issues of Countryside Digest.
Dandelions, porcupettes and wake-up calls. Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.
Poppy Culture Medical morphine production is “a much more reasonable and practicable alternative to the attempted destruction of the poppy fields – an effort that wouldn’t succeed for long, in any case. Using the poppies for the production of morphine would not only meet a worthy medical need, but would also continue to provide the…
If you want to avoid catching a cold, keep your nose warm, wash your hands a lot and stay away from children.
Some 150 new candy bars hit the shelves every year, but 65 per cent of U.S. brands have been around for more than six decades.
A British study suggests that for every minute you walk, you live about three minutes longer. You’re not using time, you’re generating time.
Boost “Deficit spending is already beyond belief, and the country is hugely indebted, as are households. The housing bubble has already burst. The Federal Reserve has made clear it will reduce interest rates if the economy gets worse, but there, too, are limits. “I’m not an economist, but the only new tool I can think…
Human Burnout “The trends in Vital Signs 2007-2008 make it overwhelmingly clear that while Earth itself is almost certainly not dying, many of the planet’s ecological systems are. And the names of the people killing them include political leaders, corporate executives, and millions of ordinary people who are part of an unsustainable consumer economy. It…
Biodiesel requires little or no modification to vehicle engines or fuelling infrastructure, and its greater lubricity may reduce maintenance costs.