Multcolib Staff Picks: Best science and nature, 2013

My Beloved Brontosaurus
My Beloved Brontosaurus On the Road With Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs By Switek, Brian Book - 2013 567.9138 S9794m 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A regular columnist for Smithsonian and Wired questions our long-held beliefs about dinosaurs and presents the latest scientific findings on what colors they really were, how they got so big and how they actually may have died out.

Letters to A Young Scientist
Letters to A Young Scientist By Wilson, Edward O. Book - 2013 570.92 W7478L 2013 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings A 21st Century Bestiary By Henderson, Caspar Book - 2013 591.68 H4962b 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Explore a world of real creatures that seem as though they should be made up--and that are more astonishing than anything we might have imagined.

Toms River
Toms River A Story of Science and Salvation By Fagin, Dan Book - 2013 363.7209749 F155t 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 7 copies

Annotation:For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms river as their private dumping ground. And when the alarming incidents of childhood cancers were brought to the attention of authorities, nothing least, at first.

Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean By Gershwin, Lisa-Ann Book - 2013 593.53 G381s 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Jellyfish are simple creatures with simple needs. Thanks to humankind, the oceans of the world are increasing in toxicity and temperature - a perfect storm that is helping jellyfish experience a bloom unprecedented in human history.

Salt, Sugar, Fat
Salt, Sugar, Fat How the Food Giants Hooked Us By Moss, Michael Book - 2013 613.2 M9134s 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:We know how to eat healthy but why is so hard? Maybe because billions of dollars are spent in research every year to get us the eat foods that manufacturers want to sell.

Lead Wars
Lead Wars The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children By Markowitz, Gerald E. Book - 2013 363.738492 M3463L 2013

Annotation:Did researchers at Johns Hopkins engage in unethical research on 108 African-American children? An important look at one of the most contentious battles in public health over the last 50 years.

The Kingdom of Rarities
The Kingdom of Rarities By Dinerstein, Eric Book - 2013 596 D5837k 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:How can a jaguar be both rare AND South America's most powerful predator?

The Emerald Mile
The Emerald Mile The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon By Fedarko, Kevin Book - 2013 979.132 F292e 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 5 copies

Annotation:In spring of 1983, a massive snowmelt sent runoff racing down the Colorado River toward the Glen Canyon Dam. Worried federal officials desperately scrambled to avoid a worst-case scenario: one of the most dramatic dam failures in history.

The Eat-a-bug Cookbook
The Eat-a-bug Cookbook 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin By Gordon, David G. Book - 2013 641.696 G6627e 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:The go-to resource for anyone interested in becoming an entomological epicure.

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