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The perfect gift for your biology teacher

I’m not sure when I knew I’d never be a biologist. Maybe it was when I fainted when I tried to prick my finger to get a blood type sample. Or maybe it was when Mr. Russell tossed me a sheep’s eye to dissect. Or maybe it was when I discovered that...

I need to get prepared for the next big earthquake

Does your house ever creak? When we lived in Pasadena, our house would make strange noises in the months and weeks before a big earthquake. Our house has been creaking lately. Hopefully that doesn’t mean there will be an earthquake, but I should be prepared at...

How do I find thee?

Thirty years ago, there were three main ways to communicate with someone: Talk to them in person Call them on the telephone Write them a letter Life’s gotten much more complicated. Now we can reach someone via all the above PLUS Text message Cell phone call...

Hillary, please step aside

After detailing how utterly improbable it is that Hillary Clinton will wind up with more popular votes than Barack Obama, Nicholas Kristof says the following in today’s NY Times: Meanwhile, the big winner of the Democratic fist-fighting is Senator McCain. A...