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David Wolman

Oregon freelance Wolman — a confessed weak speller himself — takes us on a journey into the past origins of the language and looks at the future of English as influenced by the digital age. Renaissance, millennium, diarrhea, camaraderies, feign, labyrinth, misspelling — are you able to spell them without a mistake? [Right now, this columnist is dealing with the harmonization or harmonisation of the European

David Joachim and Andrew Schloss with A. Philip Handel

This book contains more than 1,600 A to Z entries from acid to wine. While demystifying the complexities of cooking, it describes the confounding phenomena of everyday eating such as why artichokes make certain foods taste sweeter and what causes some people to think cilantro tastes like soap. Topics on cooking ingredients discuss the basic molecular make-up of meats, poultry, game, fish, and other foodstuffs, as well as how these foods react to heat.

Steve Miller

Why doesn't stomach acid dissolve the stomach itself? Why are there more tornados in the Midwest than on the coast? This volume answers these questions and over 200 more, shedding light on the science behind them. As informative as it is entertaining, it addresses every major branch of science, including physics, chemistry, biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, and cosmology. It highlights some of the big ideas that helped shape science as we know it, and discusses the future of science with regards to nanotechnology, genetic modification, molecular medicine, and string theory.

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One NASW member is included in this anthology: Carl Zimmer, a freelance from Guilford, Conn., for "Evolved for Cancer?" (Scientific American, January 2007). He wrote that natural selection is not natural perfection. "Living creatures have evolved some remarkably complex adaptations, but we are still very vulnerable to disease. Among the most tragic of those ills — and perhaps most enigmatic — is cancer."

Jerry Guo

A scholarship and college guide for aspiring scientists, the Science Whiz shows you how to take your interest in science to the next level while still in high school by developing powerful independent research projects, win competitions and scholarships, land a coveted research internship, get published, spend summers traveling the world on scientific expeditions, and more. Guo, a freelancer for Science, Nature, The Scientist, and Smithsonian, is a student at Yale who has won more than $120,000 in unrestricted scholarships.

Daniel Greenberg

In recent years, the news media have been awash in stories about increasingly close ties between college campuses and multimillion-dollar corporations. Our nation's universities, the story goes, reap enormous windfalls patenting products of scientific research that have been primarily funded by taxpayers. Meanwhile, hoping for new streams of revenue from their innovations, the same universities are allowing their research — and their very principles — to become compromised by quests for profit. "But is that really the case?" Greenberg questions.

Edward Ricciuti

Forensics deals with subjects as varied as the timing of a rainfall and the trajectory of a bullet. Its practitioners use tools as uncomplicated as a simple envelope to hold a fragment of evidence to a complicated scanning electron microscope to probe the molecular structure of a piece of evidence. In his history of forensics Edward Ricciuti, a Connecticut freelance, describes what is believed to be its first use.