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Published: 2008-04-11T10:28:00-07:00

 



attention please!

2008-04-11T10:28:00-07:00

Having decided to stop being ambivalent about the fact that I have a web presence, and instead to just have a damn web presence and learn to live with it, I've got a shiny new website over at susangroppi.com. I...



africa reading challenge.

2008-04-01T11:07:28-07:00

I've decided to join the Africa Reading Challenge, which I first learned about from Matt Cheney. It's pretty straightforward: read six books this year that are either about Africa or by African authors. Ever since I first put together the...



first the bees, now the bats?

2008-03-25T09:22:54-07:00

This story from the New York Times is disturbing--apparently bats are dying, in large numbers, and no one knows why. They're looking at a set of caves and mines in the northeast that are home to large bat colonies, and...



plant tending.

2008-03-23T19:48:24-07:00

The weather's been beautiful here, and I've been penned up indoors most of the time. Yesterday afternoon, I took a break from indoors and worked on my plants a little bit. I have probably talked about the plants before. I...



friday housecleaning.

2008-03-21T17:04:18-07:00

Closing tabs, as they say. I've seen a lot of people linking to this article from National Defense Weekly, about SIGMA, a group of science fiction writers who are offering their services to the US government in an advisory capacity....



Rainy-morning flowers.

2008-03-21T07:09:21-07:00

Rainy-morning flowers. Originally uploaded by Susan Groppi



Is history a science?

2008-03-20T11:58:16-07:00

Yesterday, in my lecture class (Science in the United States), we ended up having a bit of a class discussion about the borders and boundaries of science. I love this type of question, and I think that we learn a...



the robot future.

2008-03-18T14:57:11-07:00

Just the other day, I was thinking that it must be some kind of indication about my personality that I got a warm fuzzy happy glow when I heard a newscaster on NPR use the phrase "giant robotic arms on...



playing the numbers.

2008-03-06T19:57:19-08:00

Within the community of people who make their living paying attention to science--science writers, historians of science, science ethics and policy experts, among others--there are a few recurring concerns. One is the lack of scientific literacy in the general public,...



a personal history of the magnetic fields.

2008-03-01T18:53:10-08:00

I saw the Magnetic Fields last night, at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. It was a great show, a good mix of old and new material, and I always love the differences between the live and recorded versions. Every...