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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Posted May 23, 2022 Written by Claire

If you live in the United States it’s likely you’ve at least heard of Mardi Gras, best known for its […]

The tomb of Marie Laveau in New Orleans. It is a plaster crypt covered in multiple sets of handwritten Xs. There are offerings such as flowers and books and small objects.
Things You Should Know But Don’t: New Orleans Voodoo
Posted May 9, 2022 Written by Claire

In my latest novel, Blood on the Bayou, the culture of New Orleans takes center-stage. Voodoo is of particular interest […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Responsible Behavior in Space
Posted April 25, 2022 Written by Claire

Time and time again, the advancements made in technology have been applied in warfare to increase efficiency and get an […]

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Blood on the Bayou
Posted April 11, 2022 Written by Claire

Today is the last day to pre-order Blood on the Bayou, my new crime thriller based in New Orleans. Head […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: One Pixel Away
Posted March 28, 2022 Written by Claire

A chilling statement in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists presents yet another example of the dangers of pursuing technology […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Small Steps in the New Space Race
Posted March 14, 2022 Written by Claire

In my recent novel, Dragon on the Far Side of the Moon, I weave a thriller where the U.S. and […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Cyber Criminals for Hire
Posted February 28, 2022 Written by Claire

Today, everyone knows about computer hacking in one way or another. Even those who weren’t born as digital natives are […]

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Tigers, Bears and Prey: Updates to the Chinese-Russian Alliance
Posted February 14, 2022 Written by Claire

In past blogs, I’ve written about the ramifications of the International Space Station’s scheduled decommissioning in 2031 when it will […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: China’s Investment in Africa
Posted January 31, 2022 Written by Claire

A comment in The Economist on January 7, 2022 caught my eye.  It read, “An airstrike on a UN refugee […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Digital Detectives Part 2
Posted January 17, 2022 Written by Claire

My last blog covered some of the basics of a phenomena often referred to as “crowdsourced investigations”, a reference to […]