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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011



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Edited by outrageously curious science writer Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk,and Packing for Mars,this collection brings together the best and brightest writers on science and nature.

Author Biography

Mary Roach, editor, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She has written for National Geographic Wired, New Scientist, the New York Times Book Review, the journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among others. She is a member of the Mars Institute's advisory board and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, a category in which-let's be honest-she was the sole entrant.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
The Organ Dealer: from Discoverp. 1
Nature's Spoils: from The New Yorkerp. 15
The Chemist's War: from Slatep. 37
Fertility Rites: from The Atlanticp. 42
The Brain That Changed Everything: from Esquirep. 46
Emptying the Skies: from The New Yorkerp. 69
Fish Out of Water: from The New Yorkerp. 96
Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science: from The Atlanticp. 112
Letting Go: from The New Yorkerp. 127
The Treatment: from The New Yorkerp. 157
Cosmic Blueprint of Life: 176 from Discoverp. 176
The (Elusive) Theory of Everything: from Scientific Americanp. 186
Spectral Light: 191 from Orionp. 191
The Spill Seekers: from Outsidep. 204
New Dog in Town: from Orionp. 222
TahingaFall: from Popular Mechanicsp. 232
The First Church of Robotics: from the New York Timesp. 238
The Love That Dare Not Squawk Its Name: from the New York Times Magazinep. 243
Could Time End"?: from Scientific Americanp. 263
Sign Here If You Exist: from Ecotonep. 274
Face-Blind: from The New Yorkerp. 291
Waste MGMT: from Wiredp. 306
The Whole Fracking Enchilada: from Orionp. 315
The New King of the Sea: from Smithsonianp. 319
The Killer in the Pool: from Outsidep. 329
Contributors' Notesp. 353
Other Notable Science and Nature Writing of 2010p. 358
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