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NOT A MIGHTY WIND Wednesday, August 20
University of Texas at Arlington researchers announced that they'd developed a prototype of a wind turbine that might deliver electricity in tiny bursts to devices like smartphones — since it's about half the size of a grain of rice. (Tiny solar …
Anyone can cruise around in a boat, but the real seafaring souls, those with saltwater in their blood, know the ins and outs of the old-school marine vessels. (Hells to the yeah!) The Whitney …
BIONIC SHOES Wednesday, October 15
Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and commandeered a list of about 1,500 purchasers of the company’s signature “tosatsu shoes” — shoes with built-in cameras. Investigators have begun visiting the purchasers at home to ask them to hand in the shoes (but, out of fairness, said they wouldn’t cause trouble for customers who could produce a legitimate reason for needing to take photographs and video by pointing the shoe at something).
ANGER MANAGEMENT CANDIDATE Wednesday, August 20
The throat of a 40-year-old man was slashed in August in Laurel, Montana, in a fatal fight with an acquaintance over which military service — Army or Marines — is better. (News reports failed to identify the "winning" branch.)
CLEARANCE, CLARENCE Wednesday, October 15
In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in August, Kevin Clarence, 20, was arrested for an inept attempt to rob a supermarket. He entered the store, and only then, according to witnesses, put a plastic garbage bag over his head and decided to wait in line for his opportunity to address a cashier. He quickly got tired of waiting and said, “I’ll be back,” but was caught by police minutes after leaving the store.
WAIT ... WHAT? Wednesday, August 20
In Multnomah County, Oregon, in July, a Romanian princess pleaded guilty to cockfighting. Irina Walker, 61, was born in Switzerland where her father, King Michael I, lived after abdicating the throne. She came to Oregon in 1983, where, in a second …
A FITTING TRIBUTE TO ROBIN WILLIAMS Wednesday, September 17
Like many of us, I was shocked and saddened by the recent news of the death of Robin Williams, an actor who had been a family favorite for many years. I can’t even begin to recall how many road …
TO THE MOON, ALICE! Wednesday, October 15
Among the suggestions of the Brisbane, Australia, company Pets Eternal for honoring a deceased pet (made to a reporter in September): keeping a whisker or tooth or lock of hair, or having the remains made into jewelry or mixed with ink to make a tattoo. Overlooked was a new project by the Houston space-flight company Celestis, known for blasting human ashes into orbit (most famously those of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry). Celestis, working with a California company, will soon offer to shoot pets’ remains into orbit ($995) or perhaps even to the moon ($12,000).
Health & Beauty Issue 2013 Thursday, November 14, 2013
SOLUTIONS TO NON-PROBLEMS Wednesday, August 20
Chung-Ang University in South Korea announced in April that its traditional-sport Department of Sport Science would begin accepting — as legitimate "student athletes" — video gamers.
 
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