• Cloning mammoths: Shades of ‘Jurassic Park’

    An Associated Press story, confirmed by other news sources, that broke last week states that a well-preserved woolly mammoth carcass containing liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island. Russian scientists said the discovery fuels their hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal. …

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  • Savoring each moment

    My big girl is now a year old, and on Saturday naturally we had a big blowout to celebrate that event. As my niece Abby put it: You only turn 1 once. Of course I realize you only turn every age once, but the first …

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  • Quick trip leads to new friends, performance

    Trips to Memphis are rare for this gal these days but Wednesday Luke and I threw out any good judgment we might have had for not going and headed for the “home of the blues.” Wednesday, B.B. Cunningham Jr., the late singer, songwriter, producer and …

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  • 3-D printing to change the world

    For old geezers like me, it was kind of a surprise to learn just how much difference 3-D printing will soon make in our world. I had been keeping up somewhat on work to make an operable plastic firearm on a 3-D printer, without even …

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  • Summer’s here — let’s get out!

    Summer, summer, summer! After a wet and cool spring, we are getting out and enjoying the warm weather. Gary and I restained our back deck a couple weeks ago (leaving us sore for a few days, of course), then spruced up the flower beds and …

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  • Old phones and glowing rings

    We don’t know much about her but her old phone says a lot. It was last week that Luke and I, while flea-marketing, found a Motorola Razr phone and couldn’t have been more thrilled. Luke, who has yet to convert to a smartphone, loves the …

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  • Don’t let one bad apple spoil bunch

    Earlier this week a teacher and former children’s pastor was arrested for downloading child pornography. Whether he’s innocent or guilty, it is yet another stain on two respected positions in our community. I am not here to pass judgement — I leave that to a …

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  • Perfume musk and animals

    When I first learned about ambergris some decades ago, scientists thought it was whale puke. Hold that thought, readers, if you think you can stand it. Ambergris, an odorous substance, has been used in perfumes since fairly ancient times to help the good scent of …

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  • Fooling myself into thinking I’m not one of those people

    I like to think I’m one of those people who is not attached to her phone, someone who can live without it and doesn’t need to check it every five minutes. Secretly, I look at people who can’t get off the phone long enough to …

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  • Star’s decision comes with responsibility

    A preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer has actress Angelina Jolie in the news and I can’t help but wonder when the flack’s going to hit the fan from those with an …

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  • Study finds college may not be worth it

    A recent study says going to college isn’t always worth it. I’m sure it’s the last thing recent college graduates want to hear. After all, they have just spent the last two years or more working hard to be able to better provide for themselves …

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  • Science fiction comes to life with plastic guns

    It’s right out of science fiction, but it’s not fiction — a plastic gun printed out on a 3-D printer was test-fired a few days ago in Texas, and it successfully fired real ammunition made for the more common steel weapons. This not only opens …

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