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Micah Dettweiler
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A Week in the Woods: Day Two
I slept for eight and a half hours the first night, which is about as much as I've ever slept while camping. A warm sleeping bag over several layers of spruce branches and needles was just slightly worse than my mattress at home; the thin branches form a sp...
A Week in the Woods: Day Two
A Week in the Woods: Day Two
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A Week in the Woods: Day One
So there I was, standing in a forest clearing with my backpack, my wits, and a generous 10 hours of sunlight in which to build my shelter. It was August 16, 2017, and my fellow researchers had taken me by truck a ways up the dirt path of the Old Alaska High...
A Week in the Woods: Day One
A Week in the Woods: Day One
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A Week in the Woods: Preparation
I've done a lot of packing in my life, but preparing for a one-week stay in the Yukon wilderness provided a relatively new experience. Most of what I needed was pretty basic: clothes, food, things to help me make a shelter, and several books to read in the ...
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A Week in the Woods: Safety First
Once I had determined that I would like to spend a week in a handmade shelter in the boreal forest, there were several safety issues to take into account. While I liked the idea of being out in the wilderness by myself, I didn't like it enough to risk injur...
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A Week in the Woods: the Idea
I have vague memories of a childhood in a village in rural Nigeria. I remember playing in the rain outside our cement-block house, and I remember watching our neighbors thatch one of their huts. I remember the red hill sparkling with crystals at the end of ...
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Graphical Updates
My laptop computer has begun to show its age in various ways; things have started to run more slowly and buggily, and it crashes more often than it used to. Since I have entered a relatively static residential situation, I decided to make the leap to using ...
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Wheel Bugs
Wheel bugs have a very legitimate claim to their name; they are true bugs (order Hemiptera) and they have a protrusion that looks like a wheel on their back. They are predators on caterpillars and other such creatures, so they are described as beneficial in...
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Fun in the Sun
Recently, I've gotten into the habit of wearing sunglasses. I've spent a lot of my life under the sun, but I'm not very keen on cranial adornment, so sunglasses (and hats too) haven't been on the menu until now. I suppose I always just squinted. The big cha...
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Scientific Integrity
I recently got a subscription to the magazine Popular Science  and was disturbed to find a two-page ad for a water distillation machine that is said to produce healthier water by increasing the hydrogen bond angle of the molecule. This high-energy water sup...
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Wall Art
As the stocking and decoration of my apartment nears completion, one living room wall remains blank and lonely. The chairs and couch in the room are facing this wall, so it would be a good place to put a TV or fireplace, but I doubt I would use the former a...
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