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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.

Mitigation, Termination and Osculation

Jun 18, 2009

Dandelions, porcupettes and wake-up calls. Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.

Morphine, acid, grass and vanilla bean lows

Mar 21, 2009

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…

Innovative orangutans, Otzi the Iceman and snotty children

Nov 18, 2008

If you want to avoid catching a cold, keep your nose warm, wash your hands a lot and stay away from children.

Oil Futures, Goo Goo Clusters and Judgment Day

Sep 15, 2008

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.

Capitalists, Millionaires and Worldly Pleasures

Jun 20, 2008

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.

Bursting bubbles, boosterisms and commoner sense

Mar 23, 2008

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…

Tarantula hawks, beneficial beavers and the mollusk option

Nov 15, 2007

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…

Hungry maggots, voracious cats & greedy planets

Mar 22, 2007

Biodiesel requires little or no modification to vehicle engines or fuelling infrastructure, and its greater lubricity may reduce maintenance costs.