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Books

Women of Science Fiction: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Falling Free

I had been meaning to check out Lois McMaster Bujold’s sci-fi novels for a couple of years (because I really enjoyed her Sharing Knife fantasy series), but my local libraries and bookstores never had the straight-run of her popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. As a slightly off-topic aside: nothing puts me off a writer or a […]

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Science

Basic Bee-havior

Oh boy, that is a terrible, terrible pun, but once you know what exactly I am talking about, I hope that you will be able to forgive my punning audacity. Because, see, this whole article is about a recent study out in the journal Science that talks about bees and how they behave. And there’s […]

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Science

Getting Meta: Thinking about Science Journalism

I’ve posted about some of the issues associated with science journalism, like created controversies and the disconnect between scientists’ and non-scientists’ concepts and views of “uncertainty,” and over the weekend, Slate Magazine reposted an article from the New Scientist that delved more deeply into some of the problems facing science journalism. They ask the same […]

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Veg*

Vegan on Vacation: Seville, Spain Edition

Exporting ethics is tricky business. Whether you are the sole vegan at Thanksgiving dinner, or out with a bunch of new travel buddies while traveling abroad, handling ethical issues without seeming like an insensitive, self-involved jerk can be a conundrum.