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A few years ago, I read Mary Roach’s first book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and absolutely loved it! One of the best popular science books I have read in a long time – informative, eye-opening, thought-provoking and funny. Somehow I missed finding time to read her second (Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife…

Sheril at Quail Ridge Books

Just came back from Raleigh, where Sheril gave a reading of her book Unscientific America in front of a nice-size crowd at Quail Ridge Books: Sheril did a great job and ably fielded the questions afterwards:

From Quail Ridge Books Quail Ridge Books & Music hosts author Sheril Kirshenbaum for a discussion of her book UNSCIENTIFIC AMERICA: HOW SCIENTIFIC ILLITERACY THREATENS OUR FUTURE Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 pm Climate change, the energy crisis, nuclear proliferation — many of the most urgent problems of the twenty-first century require science-based solution. And…

Book Club: ‘Bonk’ by Mary Roach

I loved Mary Roach’s ‘Stiff’ when it first came out, so I was excited to see that Sheril started a book club reading the third book, Bonk, by the same author. My copy just arrived, so I will be participating as much as I can find the time. Some of my SciBlings have already read…

Why Gandalf Never Married?

1985 talk by Terry Pratchett: ….One may look in vain for similar widespread evidence of wizards. In addition to the double handful of doubtful practitioners mentioned above, half of whom are more readily identifiable as alchemists or windbags, all I could come up with was some vaguely masonic cults, like the Horseman’s Word in East…

The Open Laboratory 2008 is here!

I know you have all been trembling in anticipation! But the day has finally arrived – the third science blogging anthology, The Open Lab 2008, is now up for sale! This year’s guest editor, Jennifer Rohn, did a fantastic job of putting together the best anthology ever! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Jennifer is…

From the Regulator Bookshop: Time: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 7:00 p.m. Location: Regulator Bookshop Title of Event: Rob Dunn NCSU ecology professor Rob Dunn will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Every Living Thing: Man’s Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys. Dunn, an engaging science popularizer, tells the exhilarating…

Look what came in the mail today:

Emerging Model Organisms: All exciting, but of course, I got it for the chapter on Japanese Quail. The protocol desribes how to make a transgenic quail. It sounds easy on paper. A few years back I took a graduate class and we spent the entire semester going through all the steps needed to make a…

Look what came in the mail yesterday:

Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction by Eugenie C. Scott. Written at this time.