by Alexandra Wickson, MPH What are ticks? Ticks are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of people and other animals. They have four life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. All life requires food to live, and for tick larva, nymphs, and adults, this food is blood (researchers call this a ‘blood meal’). Ticks…

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It all comes down to sugar and acid. Any fruit can become wine, but grape juice (and, almost as good, apple juice) have the ideal concentrations to become a happy alcohol accident.  Alcohol is the result of yeast fermenting sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Many factors go into this chemical reaction:  Type of sugar: glucose and fructose are easiest for wild yeast to digest.  Amount of oxygen: too much and…

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