Where Microbiome Research Is Headed: My Latest for NPR

There has been a flourish of new studies linking the human microbiome to a host of diseases--Parkinson's, diabetes, and even depression. But that is not enough for biologist Rob Knight. Knight is one of the co-founders of the American Gut Project, a citizen-funded effort to better understand the microbiome's connection to health. He recently moved …

The Guts of a Microbiome: I Sequenced My Family’s Poo for Science–and for NPR

About a year and a half ago I learned that the epicenter of citizen microbiome science is just a half-hour away from my house. So, naturally, I wanted to give them my poo.* And my dog's, too. (The results of the quest are detailed in a four-part series on NPR's Shots blog) More specifically, I wanted to …

Congrats To the Winner of the Unofficial Twitter Giveaway of a Signed Paperback Edition of Octopus!

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Congratulations to @CarinaDSLR for winning the random unofficial Twitter giveaway of a brand-new signed paperback edition of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea! Thanks to everyone who entered! Even if you didn't win, you still can get your arms on a copy of the book—in paperback or hardcover—from your local bookstore—or online from: Penguin Amazon …

Octopus! Featured in Chicago Tribune‘s New Paperbacks List

Octopuses are riding high in the lakefront city of Chicago--scene of the very first interview I conducted for Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea. The Chicago Tribune is featuring the book in their "New Paperbacks" countdown. Check it out! And thanks, Chicagoans, for not holding it against the octopus that it has yet to adapt to …

Win a Paperback OCTOPUS! from Goodreads!

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The fine folks at my publisher Current (Penguin Random House) are offering up 15 (that's right, fifteen!) free copies of the brand-suckering-new paperback edition of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea to 15 lucky winners on Goodreads. Easy entry and more details here. But you should jet on over there because the giveaway ends Thursday (December 4, …

Win a Signed Fresh-Off-the-Press Paperback Copy of Octopus! In the Unofficial Twitter Giveaway! More Details here:

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Enter to win a signed paperback edition of: Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea! It’s easy! Starting December 1, 2014 and before December 8, 2014 (Mountain Time), just tweet: I'm a sucker for "Octopus!" the book by @KHCourage http://bit.ly/1FJkWPy #octopusbook ...And you're entered! On December 8 I will pick one winner at random. You don’t need to buy the book to enter …

Octopus! Is Now Out In Paperback! Celebrate #CephalopodSunday

The soft kraken has been released! Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea has been freed from the confines of its hard shell and is now out in paperback! Solve some shopping puzzles faster than an octopus opening a jar. You can find the paperback now from the following fine establishments: Penguin Amazon Barnes & Noble …

The Inside Scoop On Octopus! From Penguin’s Beaks & Geeks Podcast

To celebrate the forthcoming paperback release of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea, I talked with the awesome folks at Penguin's Beaks and Geeks podcast. Listen in to get the full inside story on the book--all the unexpected travels, creepy meals, awesome science, and the good, the bad, and the uglies of writing a book. You can listen …