A. Volk

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The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the W&hellip by Matt Taibbi
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The premise of this book is simple- America has a two-tier justice system. One for the rich, one for the poor. Now that almost certainly comes as no surprise to anyone. Even though it should, as it goes against the most basic principle of justice in that it is blind to all. But what should come as a surprise is the depth to which the justice system has now become imbalanced in the United States.

Taibbi lays out two tales. The first is of poor Americans, usually minorities, who are being arrested without cause in the hopes of the police finding something to charge them with. It's fishing at its worst. One poor individual gets arrested for blocking sidewalk traffic after… Read more
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by Americas Test Kitchen
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by Americas Test Kitchen
I have a family member who has a gluten allergy, so I end up doing a fair bit of gluten-free cooking. Some of it comes pretty easily, like roast chicken with vegetables. Other recipes are tougher, especially almost anything that gets baked. Fortunately, there are a growing number of quality gluten free products available to buy. Still, for someone who wants to cook from scratch, it's not an easy road at times.

That's where this book enters. It's from America's Test Kitchen. As a scientist, I love the idea that cooking is largely science (with some artistic flair). You can test recipes, vary ingredients, vary methods, etc. and compare results. The book starts off with 30+… Read more
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante Paabo
I just finished reading a book looking under the hood of Wall Street's engine. This book takes a look under the hood of a top science lab's engine. It records Svante Paabo's efforts to decipher the Neanderthal genome in order to determine its status relative to the human genome. So it gives you a look at the research, the researchers, and the findings.

Starting with the research, Paabo goes into significant depth regarding the methods used in his studies. It's not so much technical minutia that the reader gets bored, but it does highlight his cautious and conscientious approach (most of the time) to his studies. There's quite a bit as well on the art of publication… Read more

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