Peru’s Incan Rope Bridges Are Hanging by a Thread

[A huge infrastructure bill has just been signed into law by Silverback Joe Biden. Perhaps there important lessons to learned from how the Incans maintained their infrastructure by using engineering projects as a means of building stronger communities. SB SM] By Lidio Valdez and Cirilo Vivanco Published originally in Sapiens Magazine One early January morning... Continue Reading →

The Understory

Striped Maple Provides Food & Shelter in the Understory By Susan Shea Beneath the forest canopy, or overstory, of towering trees is a second layer of vegetation known as the understory. It is composed of shrubs, saplings, and understory trees that grow in the dappled shade of the overstory. One understory specialist is striped maple,... Continue Reading →

The More Things Change …

When Coal First Arrived, Americans Said ‘No Thanks’ Back in the 19th century, coal was the nation’s newfangled fuel source—and it faced the same resistance as wind and solar today Clive Thompson from Smithsonian Magazine July/August 2022 Steven Preister's house in Washington, D.C. is a piece of American history, a gorgeous 110-year-old colonial with wooden columns... Continue Reading →

Ebb Tide

[Images from SB John (Mendocino Bonobos) taken at the lowest tide of the year. I find these images as amazing as anything from the Webb Telescope. How about that albino nipple inside the everything bagel? Good job on these, Silverback John. You've raised the bar for other Silverbacks! SB SM]

Wild Blueberries: Summer Treasures

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul Among summer’s many sweet offerings are wild berries. And among these, blueberries are my favorite. Years ago, I took to carrying large, empty yogurt containers in my car – and smaller vessels in my backpack – so I would have something to fill should I pass a good berry patch. My... Continue Reading →

Women at the Hearth and on the Hunt

[This post is dedicated to Silverback Jerry (Quaker SBs) who seems to be obsessed with women shooting big guns while carrying their babies on their backs. SB SM] By Annemieke Milks This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons.阅读本文:中文  (Chinese) For a long time, it was assumed that hunting in ancient... Continue Reading →

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