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Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Marriage defending itself just fine, thanks

DOMA, sayonara, Mr. Roboto: In separate opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California.

The institution of marriage, now left completely defenseless by some accounts, went on with its day, picking up the kids from soccer camp, getting dinner ready, loading the dishwasher, going for an evening walk and wondering just what it was the Congress had protected it from all these years.

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Mashed potatoes: Oregon State University's Extension Office is using aerial drones to monitor the health of the state's potato crop. Infrared sensors are used to spot unhealthy plants, something that isn't readily visible from the ground.

The report doesn't say whether the drones are armed or not, but several craters have been spotted in Oregon potato fields.

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Speaking of drones: With honeybee populations hit hard by colony collapse, Washington State University has developed equipment that can now store the semen of honeybee drones to help preserve the pollinators and crossbreed heartier species of bees.

Again the details of the collection process are sparse, but we're told it involves a centerfold of the queen from copies of Playbee magazine.

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