Tag: Books

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An awesome comic about a graduate student with spider DNA

Books, bugs, and curiosity

I was looking up a reference book on Amazon, and it happened again. Amazon recommended a book for me that was so strange, I couldn’t resist the temptation to download it. Today, it was a […]

Book Review: Spider Silk

Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating.  Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L. Craig.  2011. Yale University Press. Bug Rating:  Spiders evoke a lot of complex feelings from humans.  In a […]

Book Review: The Gentle Subversive

The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement.  Mark Hamilton Lytle, 2007. Oxford Univ. Press. Bug Rating: (with some caveats) I have written quite a bit about Rachel Carson, […]

ScienceOnline2012 Postmortem (and a book review)

When I got back from ScienceOnline, my boss asked me how it went.  (I was sort of AWOL from the first week of class, and she was not real thrilled about that.)   “It was […]

The Bee’s Knees

I love books, and I love words, so I was excited to find an website that specializes in breaking down the origins of common catch phrases.  Today’s phrase: The Bee’s Knees. According to that site […]

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Since 1983, when the first Discworld novel The Colour of Magic was published, the Discworld novels have been a place for me to dive into that will leave me laughing and happy. A confession: I like […]

Book Review: Thripz and Dust

Thripz (Author: Robert Farley) Bug Rating: Dust (Author: Charles Pellegrino) Bug Rating: It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a book, and it seemed like these two go together.  They are both stories of tiny […]

Mantis Fratricide?

It appears someone found the giant mantis mentioned earlier this week. The description sounds like classic cold war stuff: “Dilke had been miniaturized, first man in a daring experiment to solve Earth’s hideous overcrowding. He […]