V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016
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Stand Up and Be Counted
Friday, Oct 21: We Stand With Standing Rock Benefit • InnaState • rock • The Riddims • roots, reggae • Definition Rare • Clara Natonabah • Lyla June Johnson • K. Benally & LetsJusB • LetsJusB
By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Oct 20 2016 11:00 AM ]
We stand with Standing Rock.
V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016
The Daily Word in The Presidential Debate, Bionic Yarn and Mars Colonization
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Sep 27 2016 10:53 AM ]
Speaking of debates, here's one way to settle them.
Have a strong opinion about the presidential candidates? Today is National Voter Registration day, so make sure you register and go vote on Nov. 8!
Say hello to recycled polyester, otherwise known as Bionic Yarn, a clothing material made from used plastics. Optimistically speaking, this could make a huge positive impact on the atrocious amount of plastics currently floating in the oceans.
To be happy is to be healthy. And it's contagious.
Nearly 300 tech firms across the country are declaring Nov. 8, election day, a paid company holiday.
Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico about his plan to colonize Mars. Watch the talk live here.
In an analysis of revolutionaries vs reactionaries in modern American history, opinion writer David Brooks states, “It doesn't matter how much living standards rise or the poverty rate falls, it makes you seem smart and woke to be alarmed and hypercritical.” Read the article for more thoughtful insights about our strange yearning for an idealized past, and why “it's stupid and impossible to turn back the clock.”
V.25 No.34 | 08/25/2016
The Daily Word in Ocean Art, Gene Wilder and Stolen Cows
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 30 2016 10:57 AM ]
Let's all take a moment of silence and watch Young Frankenstein followed by Willy Wonka and maybe Blazing Saddles after that if there's time. RIP, Gene Wilder. You left behind quite a legacy.
Half a million dollars worth of cows was stolen from a farm in New Zealand sometime between the beginning of July and now. Poirot, we need you on the case.
Well, we did it. Humans have officially created a new epoch, distinguished by the horrifying extent that we've managed to alter the natural world with our plastic-y presence and nuclear bombs. Welcome to the Anthropocene.
Remember Brock Turner, the rapist from Stanford University? His six-month jail sentence was cut down to three on grounds of “good behavior” and an unhappy public is already planning protests for his release.
The ocean is a better artist than I am.
Scientists have come up with a new theory about our Australopithecus ancestor, Lucy, claiming that she fell from a tree. Some scientists reject the theory, calling the paper “click bait” for media coverage. Regardless of who's right, it's an interesting read.
V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016
The Daily Word in Altruistic Whales, Seinfeld and Old-Fashioned Bookshops
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 9 2016 11:09 AM ]
Hillary Clinton is sued after the parents of two American Benghazi victims claim that her private e-mail servers contributed to their children's deaths.
Do humpback whales practice altruism? The whales repeatedly save other species from from becoming an orca's next meal in the wild. Scientists speculate the reason behind this risky and seemingly heroic behavior.
Good luck keeping up with all the Seinfeld references in this book review. And if you think you caught them all, you should probably get the book.
Researchers in Ontario study peat moss samples and determine that the carbon-rich bogs are threatened by climate change, are more susceptible to starting forest fires and have the potential to raise the global concentration of carbon dioxide.
Don't count on using your phone as entertainment in London bookstores. Many are creating old-fashioned and tranquil atmospheres with no Wi-Fi, where shop-goers can peacefully unplug and browse.
Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday morning after a baby dies shortly after birth. The infant's mother was infected with the virus while in Latin America during her pregnancy, where the fetus also contracted the virus.
This Olympian gets first place in my book. Positivity for the win.
V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016
Water Under the Bridge
Saturday, Jul 9: Centennial Nights: A River Thirsting for Itself
By Joshua Lee [ Fri Jul 8 2016 10:00 AM ]
Learn about the history of water, agriculture, environment and politics surrounding the Rio Grande.
The Daily Word in Street Art, Prosthetic Limbs and Space
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 5 2016 11:05 AM ]
Portuguese graffiti artists have taken their work to a whole new dimension.
A town supervisor in New York is looking towards environmentally friendly ways to combat viruses carried by mosquitoes. More specifically, getting help from our nocturnal, vision-impaired friends. Have you thanked a bat today?
Australia's complicated voting system leaves citizens with no clue who won the election, 48 hours later.
Inspired by a generation of praising computer-like accuracy, scientists reevaluate child-rearing methods in a new book and discuss the importance of communication and encouraging questions.
Police departments in some cities are exploring the possibility of texting for help in situations where making calls might feel too risky.
A 9-year-old girl who was born without a right hand was given a prosthetic arm from students at Sienna College. Complete with a Frozen theme.
V.25 No.22 | 06/02/2016
The Daily Word in Hillary Clinton, Brock Turner and World Oceans Day
By Renee Chavez [ Wed Jun 8 2016 12:10 PM ]
Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential nomination!
Happy World Oceans Day!
These are the two Swedish Stanford students who caught Brock Turner in the middle of attempting to rape an unconscious woman.
A father penned a response to the letter from Brock Turner's father.
Facebook is censoring a meme calling Brock Turner what he is.
A local man set fire to his apartment to escape the noise of his neighbors having sex.
American Apparel is launching #MakeAmericaGayAgain for Pride.
Raul Torrez won the Democratic nomination for Bernalillo County District Attorney.
Republicans feel "fear and loathing" for Trump.
Mishandled sexual assault cases are at epidemic proportions in NY schools.
The Daily Word in Wonder Drugs, Justice and The Science of Cuteness
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 7 2016 10:52 AM ]
Norway takes a bold stance against deforestation, banning it across the nation in hopes of protecting the quickly declining rainforests.
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
It's electric! And it can jump.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in real life.
Ever wonder why babies' round faces and Bambi eyes never fail at getting attention? Cuteness is really just an evolutionary advantage, and not just in humans. Your brain's neural networks are playing tricks on you.
Speaking of cute animals... You decide.
V.25 No.17 | 04/28/2016
The Daily Word in Climate, Opioids and Hover Bikes
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Apr 30 2016 2:28 PM ]
Now that you've got a break between semesters, you finally have some time to build yourself a hover bike like this guy.
A favorite food truck is moving indoors.
The rate of opioid overdoses is called a state of emergency by county commissioners.
The handling of police shootings are put in the spotlight for Santa Fe's DA race.
The DOJ released the findings from its investigations of UNM's handling of sexual assualt cases.
V.25 No.16 | 4/21/2016
Illo by Brie Macquarrie
The Last Wild River
Gila River diversion project seeks to secure water for New Mexico at any cost
By Maggie Grimason
Diverting the Gila River seems a desperate attempt to stake a claim on the river's waters before Arizona beats us to it.
Illo by Brie Macquarrie
Keep It Wet & Sludgy
By Joshua Lee
Albuquerque’s water supply is not only limited, but also at risk of contamination.
Illo by Tamara Sutton
Species Wars: Return of the Wolf
By Renee Chavez
With friends like the N.M. Game and Fish Department, the ecosystem doesn’t need enemies.
Illo by Brie Macquarrie
Coal Habits Die Hard
Ratepayers should be nuclear over PNM proposal
By Renee Chavez
Rather than following popular accounting schemes and sticking with current technology, PNM should become a leader for the industry as a whole, blazing new trails in solar and wind power.
V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016
Water Shoes Not Required
Sunday, Apr 17: Down in the Bosque Opening Reception and Talk
By Maggie Grimason [ Fri Apr 15 2016 10:00 AM ]
Artist Alan Paine Radebaugh discusses his work.
Dealing with Ants in Your House
A guide to pesticide free ant control
By Richard "The Bugman" Fagerlund [ Thu Apr 7 2016 4:48 PM ]
I have been getting a lot of calls about ants coming into homes. We will discuss some treatment methods that don’t involve spraying pesticides. There are several things you can do to prevent ants from entering your home. The first step is exclusion. Go around the outside of your home and inspect it very carefully from an ant's point of view. Ants can sense cool air and aromatic odors emanating from your home and will try to gain access. Check around the house at ground level and look for cracks in the foundation, voids around pipes, areas under stucco, peepholes in bricks and similar areas that ants can use to gain entrance. All these areas need to be sealed, caulked, screened or otherwise altered to prevent ants from using them to get into your home. Check around your windows and doors to make sure they close tightly. If the doors aren't tight, you may have to install door sweeps on them. Check your bushes, shrubs and trees to make sure you don't have any branches touching the roof. Don't stack firewood, bricks or anything else next to your house or ants and other insects may find it a good place to nest. If you have bushes or shrubs next to your house, periodically inspect them for aphids, scales and similar bugs as ants are attracted to the honeydew they produce. The ants will get on the plants and eventually find their way into your home. Don't put flagstone or flat boards on the ground too close to your home or some species of ants will nest under them. On the other hand, mound-making ants will generally stay outside. They rarely leave their complicated and efficient homelike in the mound to enter homes. If you don't want the ants making mounds in your yard, you can flood the nests with club soda or with white vinegar or food-grade DE. If you use the DE, mix 4 tablespoons per gallon of water. You can also use 1 gallon of orange juice diluted with 2 gallons of water and a dash of soap. If you prefer, you can also spread dry instant grits on the mound. The ants will eat it and not be able to digest it and die.
You can repel ants with a wide variety of products, including cinnamon, baking soda, Comet Cleanser, cedar oil, medicated baby powder, Tide, talcum powder, chalk, coffee grounds, borax, garlic, broken egg shells, bone meal, black or red pepper, peppermint, paprika, chili powder and mint leaves. If you have ants going into your hummingbird feeder, you can put duct tape, sticky side out, on the wire holding the feeder, to deter them.
The best way to control them when they get in your home is with baits. Different species have different food preferences. Some species will take a wide variety of baits, while others are more particular. Here is a recipe for effective, homemade ant baits that use borax. It attracts ants looking for either moisture or food. You will need: 3 c. water, 1 c. sugar, 1 tsp. borax or 2 tsp. food-grade DE, 6 small screw-top jars with lids, such as jelly jars covered with masking tape, which will enable the ants to climb up the side. Mix the sugar, water and borax (or food-grade DE) in a bowl. Loosely half-fill the jars with cotton balls or pieces of sponge or wadded paper towels. Pour up to ½ cup of the sugary mixture over the cotton balls, saturating them. Make several small holes in the lid. Screw the lids on the jars tightly.
If you smoke, always wear plastic gloves when making ant baits or they will sense the tobacco smoke on the baits and not go to it. Ants do not like cigarette or cigar smoke.
A very good commercial bait is Terro Bait, which is made from boric acid and is sold in some stores. Many common household ants will love it. Just place the bait stations where you see the ants foraging.
If you have large carpenter ants, you can use Advanced Carpenter Ant Bait, which is available online. Again, no pesticides need to be sprayed inside or outside. If you have any ants that aren’t taking the bait for some reason, you can contact me and I will help you identify them and recommend a treatment. You can contact me at email@example.com or by phone at 505-385-2820. There is also a lot of non-toxic pest information on my website at www.askthebugman.com.
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