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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
|Zonkeys Are Pretty Much My Favorite Animal||p. 1|
|The Interpreter||p. 9|
|The Universe's Invisible Hand||p. 39|
|Untangling the Mystery of the Inca||p. 48|
|Restoring America's Big, Wild Animals||p. 56|
|Our Biotech Future||p. 64|
|The Coming Robot Army||p. 75|
|Malaria: Stopping a Global Killer||p. 93|
|The First Assassination of the Twenty-first Century||p. 110|
|Our Silver-Coated Future||p. 119|
|Children Are Diamonds||p. 133|
|The Selfless Gene||p. 143|
|The Autumn of the Multitasker||p. 155|
|First Churches of the Jesus Cult||p. 170|
|A Curious Attraction||p. 178|
|Science and Islam in Conflict||p. 224|
|Deadly Contact||p. 238|
|How to Trick an Online Scammer into Carving a Computer out of Wood||p. 252|
|A Bolt from the Blue||p. 263|
|Darwin's Surprise||p. 274|
|The CSI Effect||p. 293|
|Numbers Can Lie||p. 305|
|A Mighty Wind||p. 313|
|Contributors' Notes||p. 323|
|Other Notable Science and Nature Writing of 2007||p. 327|
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