It’s always interesting to read authors defending science when they are fundamentally wrong about what science is. Here’s one example. If I get to teach my Biology & Politics class again, I will try to use this on the last day.
In addition to dystopian novels (1984, Brave New World, The Plot Against America), it’s important to read things written by people who actually lived in that dystopia. Here’s a good piece about Vaclav Havel. I guess I could add Unbearable Lightness of Being to that list. And apparently Octavia Butler wrote a couple novels about this, but I haven’t read them yet. I’ll add them to my list!
Gene drive in mammals! What a cool breakthrough, using CRISPR/Cas9, of course. It is either a great idea or the beginning of our doom a la Oryx & Crake.
Falcons are more closely related to parrots than they are to hawks! WHAAAAAA?!?! I will use this the next time I teach Evolution.
Tuatara are making a nice comeback. Good job, little feisty basal tetrapods!
Oh, someone died from a bacterial infection that resisted all available antibiotics. But I’m sure it’s not a problem that we need to do anything about. Right?
Hmm, that’s more science stuff than I usually read (or, at least, post about). Perhaps I am trying to avoid staring at the train wreck that is our current federal government. Here’s the letter about our now current Attorney General from Coretta Scott King.
And I read a novel by David Mitchell, Slade House. It was fun. I got partway into Cloud Atlas, but then Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton captured my attention. That book is awesome so far.