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The Coming StormThe Coming Storm by Michael Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another right-sized Audible Original I obtained as a free item for members. It's a deeply frightening, well-researched look at weather forecasting in America, & how data all of us pay (through taxes) to obtain is becoming more & more privatized. Loaded with good science and fascinating personalities, & narrated by the author in a clear though sometimes overly dramatic fashion. Although Big Data is a major part of the narrative, I never felt bored or confused. Lewis weaves his information into anecdotes, rather than dishing it out in indigestible lumps.

There is some political commentary here, but nothing overt or extreme. Recommended for the scientifically curious, or anyone interested in how high-level decision making actually affects ordinary Americans (farmers in particular) in risky situations. I'm not sure the length justifies spending a whole credit, but it's definitely something to pounce on as a discounted or free item.

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and yet it moves Galileo's seatbelt

-- Ann K. Schwader

for the 454th birthday of Galileo Galilei
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dark god dwarfed
by human hubris
alas, Pluto

                   -- Ann K. Schwader

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as flash shadow

                     -- Ann K. Schwader

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Thank you, [ profile] science_at_nasa

How could I have gotten through my Friday without knowing the fate of Camilla the rubber chicken at the edge of space?

Check here for all the actual scientific details.  With video!

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Not all genre / speculative poems appear in speculative journals, so it's fun to keep an eye out for them elsewhere.

Today, for example, I was catching up on some recent offerings on Poetry Daily when I ran across this poem.

 "A Little about Not Knowing Very Much" by Christopher Buckley didn't appear in a genre collection, but it is filled with exquisite science/SFnal imagery. 

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OK . . . these particular zombies are ants, but the idea of a parasitic fungus manipulating the behavior of its (dying) host to promote its own reproduction is still majorly creepy.  Thank you,

For all the horrific details -- and an equally nasty little story about "gaster flagging" -- check here.

And be glad you aren't a carpenter ant in Thailand.

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