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Presenting My Annual Innovations Column

Presenting My Annual Innovations Column

AIRLINES. First, they need to do something to make the first and last legs of a flight as smooth as it can be when a plane reaches its desired sweet spot of altitude and the beverage and lousy-snack bag service kicks in. I realize neither physics nor aeronautics are in my wheelhouse—and that I haven’t the slightest idea what a wheelhouse (technically, the shelter for a ship captain) has to do with one’s skill set—but can’t something be done to make ascents and descents less frightening?

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Age Isn’t “Just A Number”—It Is a Number

Age Isn’t “Just A Number”—It Is a Number

Since we use numbers to indicate so many things in our lives—from baseball scores to body weight to the cost of gasoline—why, when it comes to our age, do we feel the need to insist, “It’s just a number”?

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“Hallow” Again: Annual Beggar’s Opera Returns

“Hallow” Again: Annual Beggar’s Opera Returns

As I write this I’m in the reception area of Andy’s Attitude Adjustment Clinic in a funky section of midtown Sacramento (all cities’ midtowns may be said to have funky sections). It’s on the same block as Sandra’s Psychic Healing/ Mood Rings/Woodshop, and just two doors down from Tommy and Tammy’s Tattoos and Tortillas Emporium (motto: “Ink, Don’t Think!”).

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What You Need to Know About the Immortal Jellyfish

What You Need to Know About the Immortal Jellyfish

It isn’t often that I get to announce scientific breakthroughs in this column. That all changes today: Scientists, I’m happy to report, have succeeded in mapping the genome of a creature admiringly referred to as an “immortal jellyfish.”

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