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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008



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"The articles . . . draw the reader more tightly into the web of the world. They forge links in unexpected ways. They connect us to nature and to each other, and those connections nourish the intellect and uplift the spirit."-Jerome Groopman, M.D., editor This year's Best American Science and Nature Writing offers another rich assortment of "fascinating science and impressive journalism" (New Scientist) culled from an array of periodicals, such as The New Yorker, Scientific American, and National Geographic. The twenty-four provocative and often visionary stories chosen by guest editor Jerome Groopman form an outstanding sampling of the very best in a field of writing that stays ahead of the curve, bringing important topics to the forefront of American discussion. In "The Universe's Invisible Hand," Christopher Conselice takes us into the recent spectacular discovery of the crucial role of dark energy, which is making our universe expand faster and faster. Florence Williams tells the story of a more down-to-earth form of energy in "A Mighty Wind," which describes how a small Danish island community is making great leaps in energy conservation by using innovative wind farms. John Cohen explores the marvelous world of ligers, zorses, wholphins, and other hybridized creatures in "Zonkeys Are Pretty Much My Favorite Animal." And Robin Marantz Henig delves into the possibly hazardous ramifications of the rapidly expanding science of nanotechnology. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008 packs a wallop of intriguing, informative, and wondrous stories, each one bringing with it, as Jerome Groopman writes, "a sense of excitement [to be] shared with others."

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Introductionp. xi
Zonkeys Are Pretty Much My Favorite Animalp. 1
The Interpreterp. 9
The Universe's Invisible Handp. 39
Untangling the Mystery of the Incap. 48
Restoring America's Big, Wild Animalsp. 56
Our Biotech Futurep. 64
The Coming Robot Armyp. 75
Malaria: Stopping a Global Killerp. 93
The First Assassination of the Twenty-first Centuryp. 110
Our Silver-Coated Futurep. 119
Children Are Diamondsp. 133
The Selfless Genep. 143
The Autumn of the Multitaskerp. 155
First Churches of the Jesus Cultp. 170
A Curious Attractionp. 178
Swingersp. 196
Science and Islam in Conflictp. 224
Deadly Contactp. 238
How to Trick an Online Scammer into Carving a Computer out of Woodp. 252
A Bolt from the Bluep. 263
Darwin's Surprisep. 274
The CSI Effectp. 293
Numbers Can Liep. 305
A Mighty Windp. 313
Contributors' Notesp. 323
Other Notable Science and Nature Writing of 2007p. 327
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