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Tool Using Octopus

Octopuses have a reputation as being very smart invertebrates. But check out this coconut collecting octopus reported in Scientific American. http://www.scientificamerican.com/video.cfm?id=57388094001 The original article's abstract is at http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2809%2901914-9 What makes this interesting is not just the use of the coconut shells as shelter-hermit crabs do something like ... Continue reading

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Winter tornado risk enhanced by El Niño for southeast U.S.

Late winter preparation for upcoming tornado systems is a part of living in plains. While we deal with snow and ice in the winter, other parts of the country deal with the same threat we face in the spring. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released a ... Continue reading

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A shocking revelation

Static electricity is the root of all evil. Well, maybe that's overstating it, but it's still rather irritating. The pain that is involved when you take a quick shock from the car handle right on the tip of your fingers can be jolting to say the least. ... Continue reading

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The G77 Says You Americans Owe Us-Pay Up!

I wrote a recent blog questioning why some of us in the United States seem to hold us responsible for a major component of global warming. I regrettable used the word singular and created a furor. My real intent was to raise the issue of why the ... Continue reading

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Stripper Announcement: I’m Going to Paris! And Here’s Who’s Coming With Me…

I can't go to Paris without taking a little bit of Lawrence, Kansas with me. Since I can't take pictures of myself, I'll take pictures of your stuff all over the city and post it in this blog! Here's a list of whose stuff will be coming ... Continue reading

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Chancellor chooses meetings at KU Med over Gill press conference

In stark contrast with her predecessor, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little opted to attend meetings at KU Medical Center this morning instead of attending a press conference held to introduce new KU football coach Turner Gill. While former Chancellor Robert Hemenway flanked Mark Mangino along with then-athletic ... Continue reading

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Off the Wagon

As a few of you know, I live in Salina and as even fewer of you know, I had signed up for a city wide fitness deal called the Pounds Plunge. It was a 12 week stint of watching what we ate and exercising. There were weekly ... Continue reading

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Fruit on my tenderloins

My sister said last week that even though she'd long-ago given up on cooking pork tenderloins because there is no way to cook one without it coming out like a dry tree branch, The Pioneer Woman's Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce had made her waver in that ... Continue reading

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Stripper Mini-Blog: Someone Told My Boss About This Blog

I flirted from table to table on Saturday night, feeling extra confident after losing five pounds. Hooray! I was on cloud nine. Customers, happy girls, money everywhere... It was a good night. Circulating the room, the owner of the East Lawrence Ballet was by the vending machine ... Continue reading

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Stripper Blog: Argyle & Pearls or Stilettos &… Law School?

*Wildly Unreasonable Overachieving: A Sure Path to Disease, Social Isolation, and Significant Weight Gain* Subtitle: *Or, Why You Can't Go Down Two Different Paths at Once* “Please don’t give me pig AIDS,” my roommates’ friend said from across our living room. His and three other wide-eyed faces ... Continue reading

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Frozen in a flash

Flash freeze is a term used by the Meteorological Service of Canada, Canada's version of the National Weather Service. This occurs when weather conditions produce a temperature drop resulting in rapid ice formation on road surfaces. On the morning of December 14, 2009, Northeast Kansas experienced such ... Continue reading

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Thank you for voting for The Dead Girls to open for KISS

I just wanted to say a quick than you to everyone out there who voted for my band The Dead Girls to open up for KISS last Thursday at the Sprint Center. The show was absolutely amazing and KISS and their crew were very cool and helpful ... Continue reading

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Meet the world’s smallest snowman

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Dec/14/Screen_shot_2009-12-14_at_9.29.37_AM.png This isn't necessarily about social media, but it's a YouTube video so I'm posting it. Meet the world's smallest snowman, made by the National Physics Laboratory in Great Britain. He is 10 µm across, which is about 1/5th the width of a human hair. He's a ... Continue reading

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It’s cold. Snap!

I did an awful, awful thing the other night. I loosened the straps on my helmet. OK, maybe it’s not that awful, but in my mind, loosening the straps — to make room for the headband or hat I’ll need to keep 74.5 percent of my body ... Continue reading

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GOP 3rd district field narrows as Colyer endorses Jordan

The Republican field of contenders in the 3rd district U.S. House race became a little bit clearer Monday morning. State Sen. Jeff Colyer, R-Overland Park, sent out an announcement that he won't run, and he strongly endorsed former state Sen. Nick Jordan, a Shawnee Republican who lost ... Continue reading

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ChatterTV reaction to Turner Gill becoming the next football coach at Kansas

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins on Sunday officially announced the hiring of Turner Gill as the next coach of the KU football program. For my reaction on the Gill hiring, including quotes from former KU running back Brandon McAnderson and current freshman wide receiver Erick McGriff, ... Continue reading

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Out of Context - Just for Fun!

There has been several blogs recently that have dealt with words and their meanings. Some have argued for the correct usage of a word dependent on its dictionary meaning. Others have attempted to validate (or disprove) a position by questioning the validity of the actual words used. ... Continue reading

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The Recap: Kansas 90, La Salle 65

For a game that wasn't close for its final 25 minutes, Kansas' victory against La Salle on Saturday certainly contained some interesting storylines. The one statline that leaps off the box score is that of KU senior guard Sherron Collins. A career 39 percent three-point marksman, Collins ... Continue reading

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Forward

I’m fortunate and very grateful to have been selected as one of the winners of the Journal-World’s NaNoWriMo contest. I’m stunned that I get five hardbound copies of my novel, OverTime. I hadn’t planned to do anything with it other than flip through a printed copy before ... Continue reading

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Weekly Deals

Nestle Chocolate Morsels on sale for $1.58 use $0.50/1 11/01 Red Plum makes them $1.08/ea HyVee brand butter, sugar and flour all $0.99 with the in ad coupon. Dole salad blends 2/$3 print a $1/2 coupon and get them for $1/ea Green Giant boxed vegetables 5/$5 If ... Continue reading