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    Fancy Dinosaurs These Days

    No one takes the time to appreciate how far dinosaurs have come. It’s a great demonstration of good science and a versatile mind. When I was a kid, dinosaurs were these big lumbering gray and brown things. We thought they were cold-blooded. We didn’t know what they ate, how they looked, what they sounded like, how they took care of their young. Some dinosaurs defied explanation how they could walk. Were they so big they had to live in swamps to support their weight? Was that Iguanodon’s thumb or his horn? Every book called them Brontosaurus, until they decided they should be Apatosaurus. Then they went back to Brontosaurus. Pretty…

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    The Books I Read: September – October 2020

    The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal A true sequel to the first–it’s a race against time to keep humanity alive after a meteor has crashed on Earth, giving it a much closer expiration date. The only solution is to travel to space. All of this was all in the first book. Now that the space program’s been established, it’s time to put a colony on Mars. And our hero protagonist is part of the team making the year-long journey to the future with 1960’s technology. It’s not a complicated plot, but it’s still very good. Better than the first. Since the majority of the book takes place on the…

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    The Books I Read: March – April 2012

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot A non-fiction book that’s basically two different narratives. One is about a breed of cervical cancer cells sampled that are able to thrive in culture — which has been a tremendous boon to scientists. With a constant supply of unchanging cells, research has opened for developing commercial drugs, IVF, and vaccines. This part also brings up issues of medical ethics and who owns your cells. Because the other part is about Henrietta Lacks, the person from whom those cells were “donated”. Also her family, and the author’s journey to find out about her. Henrietta Lacks died shortly after her cells were…