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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009



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Elizabeth Kolbert, one of today's leading environmental journalists, edits this year's volume of the finest science and nature writing. Bringing together promising new voices and prize-winning favorites, this collection is "a delight for any fan of popular science" (Publishers Weekly).

Author Biography

Elizabeth Kolbert was a political reporter for the New York Times for fourteen years before joining the New Yorker in 1999. Her series on global warming, "The Climate of Man," was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine writing award. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Mother Jones. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe.
Tim Folger is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiv
Faustian Economics: from Harper's Magazinep. 1
The Ethics of Climate Change: from Scientific Americanp. 11
Is Google Making Us Stupid?: from The Atlantic Monthlyp. 19
High-Tech Trash: from National Geographicp. 30
Intel Inside: from Wiredp. 39
Blown Apart: from Californiap. 49
Did Life Begin in Ice?: from Discoverp. 56
The Day Before Genesis: from Discoverp. 66
The Itch: from The New Yorkerp. 76
The Mushroom Cloud's Silver Lining: from Sciencep. 94
Last of the Neanderthals: from National Geographicp. 103
Virtual Iraq: from The New Yorkerp. 116
Chain Reaction: from Discoverp. 129
Wasteland: from Harper's Magazinep. 135
Minds of Their Own: from National Geographicp. 156
Back to the Future: from High Country Newsp. 169
To Take Wildness in Hand: from Orionp. 181
How We Evolve: from Seedp. 192
Pop Psychology: from The Atlantic Monthlyp. 203
Contagious Cancer: from Harper's Magazinep. 209
The Reality Tests: from Seedp. 229
Darwin and the Meaning of Flowers: from The New York Review of Booksp. 241
Animalcules and Other Little Subjects: from Isotopep. 256
Big Foot: from The New Yorkerp. 273
Red Is the New Green: from Outsidep. 293
Stayin' Alive: from Wiredp. 306
Contributors' Notesp. 319
Other Notable Science and Nature Writing of 2008p. 325
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