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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 has been released. We’ve put together a list of links to some of the great writing from the book:

Welcome to Pleistocene Park by Ross Andersen – In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change – by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths

It’ll Take an Army to Kill the Emperor by Jacqueline Detwiler – The men and women who are trying to bring down cancer are starting to join forces rather than work alone…

The Case Against Civilization by John Lanchester – Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better?

Cancer’s Invasion Equation by Siddhartha Mukherjee – We can detect tumors earlier than ever before. Can we predict whether they’re going to be dangerous? 

Tragedy of the Common by J. B. Mackinnon – The extinction crisis extends far beyond rare and endangered species

The Irreversible Momentum of Clean Energy by Barack Obama – Private-sector incentives help drive the decoupling of emissions and economic growth

Wealthier People Produce More Carbon Pollution — Even the “Green” Ones By David Roberts – Good environmental intentions are swamped by the effects of money

Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos by Ceridwen Dovey – What the material culture of the Space Age can teach us

David Haskell Speaks for the Trees by Paul Kvinta – “This tree appeals to me because it’s a regular street tree”

Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul by Joshua Rothman – A philosopher’s lifelong quest to understand the making of the mind.

The Detective of Northern Oddities by Christopher Solomon – When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call…

Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next? by Rebecca Boyle – So it’s hard to overstate the enormous leap forward that astronomy took on Aug. 17, 2017…

Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) by Steven Johnson – Is it irresponsible to tinker with interstellar outreach when such gestures, however noble their intentions, might lead to the destruction of all life on earth?

When Your Child Is a Psychopath by Barbara Bradley Hagerty – The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope…

Exposure Therapy by Eva Holland – The fine art of scaring the shit out of yourself on purpose…

Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them by Kathryn Schulz – The relative plausibility of impossible beings tells you a lot about how the mind works

To read all the other fantastic articles chosen by the editors, click here to buy the book

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