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Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Break on through to the other side

Unstoppable force meets immovable object: Bertha, the tunnel-boring machine digging a passage for Highway 99 beneath Seattle has been stuck since Friday after it hit some kind of obstruction.

Noting the project's $3.1 billion price tag, state transportation officials were hopeful Bertha had struck a rich vein of gold.


Wedged in there: Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik defended his operation of the ballclub following allegations of front office mismanagement in a Seattle Times story.

Further exploration under Seattle revealed that Bertha was now mired in Mariner fans' long-buried playoff dreams.


World of Spycraft: American and British intelligence agents are eavesdropping on conversations among players of online games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life.

But the agents need to better disguise their avatars; they're the orcs and trolls wearing dark sunglasses and ear pieces.


Sunny-side up: A San Francisco tech start-up is attempting to find plant-based alternatives to eggs, picking apart the molecular structure of beans and peas.

The method showing the most promise is introducing the plant material to the anterior orifice of the avian organism, gallus gallus domesticus, then waiting for the material to be processed and ejected from the posterior exit point as a mixture of fatty acids surrounded by albumen and encased in a hard calcium-rich ovoid sphere.


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