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Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010 Excerpt

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http://www.hmhbooks.com/hmh/site/bas/bestamerican/science Freeman Dyson, renowned physicist and public intellectual, edits this year's volume of the finest science and nature writing.
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  The Best American Science and Nature Writing  ™    2010   Edited and with an Introduction    by  Freeman Dyson Tim Folger, Series Editor A Mariner Original  houghton mifflin harcourt boston * new york 2010  Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company Introduction copyright © 2010 by Freeman Dyson all rights reserved The Best American Science and Nature Writing  is a trademark o Houghton Mi in Har-court Publishing Company. The Best American Series is a registered trademark o Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company.No part o this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any orm or by any means,electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any inor-mation storage or retrieval system without the prior written permission o the copy-right owner unless such copying is expressly permitted by ederal copyright law. With the exception o nonproft transcription in Braille, Houghton Mi in Har- court is not authorized to grant permission or urther uses o copyrighted selec-tions reprinted in this book without the permission o their owners. Permissionmust be obtained rom the individual copyright owners identifed herein. Addressrequests or permission to make copies o Houghton Mi in Harcourt material toPermissions, Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company, 215 Park AvenueSouth, New York, New York 10003. www.hmhbooks.com issn 1530-1508 isbn 978-0-547-32784-6Printed in the United States o America doc 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1“The Alpha Accipiter” by Gustave Axelson. First published in Minnesota Conserva- tion Volunteer, March/April 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Minnesota Department o Natural Resources. Reprinted by permission o  Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, bi-monthly magazine o the Department o Natural Resources.“Hearth Surgery” by Burkhard Bilger. Originally published in The New Yorker, De-cember 21 & 28, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Burkhard Bilger. Reprinted by permis-sion o Burkhard Bilger.“India, Enlightened” by George Black. Originally published in OnEarth, Sum-mer 2009. Copyright © 2009 by George Black. Reprinted by permission o DouglasBarasch, editor in chie, OnEarth  magazine.“Purpose-Driven Lie” by Brian Boyd. Originally published in The American Scholar, Spring 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Brian Boyd. Reprinted by permission o Georges Borchardt, Inc.“Still Blue” by Kenneth Brower. First published in National Geographic, March2009. Copyright © 2009 by National Geographic Society. Reprinted by permissiono the National Geographic Society.“All You Can Eat” by Jim Carrier. First published in Orion, March/April 2009.Copyright © 2009 by Jim Carrier. Reprinted by permission o Jim Carrier.“Brain Games” by John Colapinto. First published in The New Yorker, May 11,  2009. Copyright © 2009 by John Colapinto. Reprinted by permission o  The New Yorker. “The Believer” by Andrew Corsello. First published in GQ, February 2009. Copy-right © 2009 by Andrew Corsello. Reprinted by permission o Andrew Corsello.“Cosmic Vision” by Timothy Ferris. First published in National Geographic, July 2009. Copyright © 2009 by National Geographic Society. Reprinted by permissiono the National Geographic Society.“Seeking New Earths” by Timothy Ferris. First published in National Geographic,  December 2009. Copyright © 2009 by National Geographic Society. Reprinted by permission o the National Geographic Society.“The Superior Civilization” by Tim Flannery. First published in The New York Re- view of Books, February 26, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Tim Flannery. Reprinted by permission o Tim Flannery.“The Lazarus Eect” rom Hope for Animals and Their World, by Jane Goodall withThane Maynard and Gail Hudson. First published in  Discover, September 2009.Copyright © 2009 by Jane Goodall and Thane Maynard. By permission o GrandCentral Publishing.“The Monkey and the Fish” by Philip Gourevitch. First published in The New Yorker, December 21 & 28, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Philip Gourevitch. Reprintedby permission.“The Catastrophist” by Elizabeth Kolbert. First published in The New Yorker, June29, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Elizabeth Kolbert. Reprinted by permission o Eliza-beth Kolbert.“The Sixth Extinction?” by Elizabeth Kolbert. First published in The New Yorker,  May 25, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Elizabeth Kolbert. Reprinted by permission o Elizabeth Kolbert.“Scraping Bottom” by Robert Kunzig. First published in National Geographic,  March 2009. Copyright © 2009 by National Geographic Society. Reprinted by per-mission o the National Geographic Society.“Don’t!” by Jonah Lehrer. First published in The New Yorker, May 18, 2009. Copy-right © 2009 by Jonah Lehrer. Reprinted by permission o Jonah Lehrer.“Graze Anatomy” by Richard Manning. First published in OnEarth, Spring 2009.Copyright © 2009 by  OnEarth. Reprinted by permission o Richard Manning.“Out o the Past” by Kathleen McGowan. First published in  Discover, July/August 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Kathleen McGowan. Reprinted by permission o the au-thor.“Green Giant” by Evan Osnos. First published in The New Yorker, December 21 &28, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Evan Osnos. Reprinted by permission o  The New Yorker. “Darwin’s First Clues” by David Quammen. First published in National Geographic,  February 2009. Copyright © 2009 by David Quammen. Reprinted by permission o David Quammen.“Modern Darwins” by Matt Ridley. First published in National Geographic, Febru-ary 2009. Copyright © 2009 by National Geographic Society. Reprinted by permis-sion o the National Geographic Society.“A Formula or Disaster” by Felix Salmon. Originally published in Wired  Maga-
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