Back from Europe. Jetlagged and exhausted but writing away on my travel articles. I’ve focused my energy on travel, culture, and science writing lately. Good science writers are able to make what is often arcane science information more accessible to the lay reader. I love to read original science, especially peer-reviewed articles about human health, and I also appreciate science writing that helps elucidate difficult concepts in biology, physics, math, and astronomy.
I was happy to return to Ashland with a nice bit of news. You may remember that my article about the last herd of West African giraffes, “Looking Up,” was the November 2008 cover story in Smithsonian Magazine. The article describes being in the bush with a scientist who is following and studying these unique animals. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world. A place of stark beauty, an astonishing variety of animal species, and an encroaching desert. One of the biggest threats to these giraffes, historically, has been humans. They are protected now. But food is scarce, drought sometimes decimates the millet crops, and many villagers in Niger go hungry. So when a giraffe is inadvertently killed by a car, every morsel of the animal is eaten.
Here’s a description of the book:
Edited by Natalie Angier, the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Woman: An Intimate Geography, Best American Science Writing 2009 is the ninth edition of the popular annual series hailed as “superb brain candy” (Kirkus) and dedicated to collecting the most crucial, thought-provoking and engaging science writing of the year. Provocative and engaging, the Best American Science Writing 2009 as edited by Angier covers the full spectrum of scientific inquiry—from biochemistry, physics, and astronomy to genetics, evolutionary theory, and cognition.
Superb brain candy. I love that.
Published: April 1, 2009
Last update: January 24, 2020