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Never Stiff Your Bartender

By J.C. Bruce Never stiff your bartender. That’s the lesson from how police were able to find and arrest the hooligans who burned Key West’s […]

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  • Israel Joins NASA’s Artemis Accords – Program to Return People to the Moon and to Mars Israel is now an official part of NASA’s Artemis Accords. An agreement was signed Wednesday between the Israeli Space Agency and NASA for the program which intends to once again send people to the Moon as well as Mars. It was signed as part of the Israeli …
  • NASA to Pay Tribute to Fallen Heroes Chaellenger crew members Michael J. Smith, front row left, Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, Ronald E. McNair; Ellison S. Onizuka, back row left, S. Christa McAuliffe of the Teacher in Space program, Gregory B. Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik. NASA will honor members …
  • UC Berkeley astronomers among first to use NASA telescope UC Berkeley astronomers will be among the first to use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST. Compared to the Hubble Space Telescope, the JWST has improved infrared capabilities that will allow researchers to study clouds of gas and dust, according to …


Science and Environment

  • Seattle Theater Students and Professionals Look Forward to the Return of Live Theater If there was one business model that was uniquely predisposed to suffer during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was theater. The act of crowding a large mass of strangers into a tight room for a prolonged period of time was a potentially fatal practice for …
  • In-Person Clinical Continue During the Pandemic It’s an understatement to say that the pandemic has disrupted the normal flow of in-person learning. For students in the Seattle University College of Nursing who are training to be the next generation of health care workers, the education of essential …
  • Billodue Makes Space for Student Creativity Long before Seattle University broke ground on the Center for Science and Innovation (CSI) in 2019, eager staff members came together with a vision for the Billodue Makerspace. Now planning their grand opening for Feb. 1, the collaborators who brought the …

Feline Good: Noodles the Cat Has Been Found!

By Alexander Strange Noodles the Cat, well known for its habit of riding bareback—well, actually, just sitting—on horses, had gone missing from his farm west of Chicago. Ann Kandis, Noodles’ human, said the kitty’s misadventure began when it hopped into the trunk of her father’s car several years ago. Her dad heard a commotion in the trunk, pulled over, and […]

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No More Bird Brain Jokes, Please

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By Alexander Strange Make all the jokes you want about ‘bird brains,” but these cockatoos have been intriguing scientists with their learning capabilities. The photo, above, really tells the story. What you are seeing is a sulfur-crested cockatoo in Sydney, Australia opening the lid of a trash can to forage for food. But notice how the other birds are watching. […]

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Never Stiff Your Bartender

Southernmost Point Buoy

By J.C. Bruce Never stiff your bartender. That’s the lesson from how police were able to find and arrest the hooligans who burned Key West’s famous Southernmost Point landmark in the early hours of New Year’s Day. Denizens of the Conch Republic awoke at the first of the year to discover their famous landmark scorched. Two men were caught on […]

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Strange Currents, Mister Manners Win Awards

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The Florida Writers Association, the state’s largest and most prestigious literary organization, has announced that two novels by J.C. Bruce —  Strange Currents and Mister Manners — have won both gold and silver medals in the 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Strange Currents won first place in the category honoring the best published mysteries in Florida. Strange Currents is the fourth […]

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