How does a horrific virus such as Ebola pass from animals to humans? Even more disturbing—how exactly does it kill? In this exclusive excerpt from David Quammen’s “Spillover,” he recounts a terrifying episode in which a virologist fears she has become infected.

Oct 2012
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The Boy Who Heard Too Much

He was a 14-year-old blind kid, angry and alone. Then he discovered that he possessed a strange and fearsome superpower—one that put him in the cross hairs of the FBI.

Sep 2009

The Virus Hunter

HIV, Ebola, and the vast majority of other killer diseases have passed from animals to humans. So Nathan Wolfe is searching for the next AIDS before it makes the leap—and is revolutionizing the way the world tries to control diseases in the process.

Mar 2009

The Flu Pandemic

The influenza vaccine may give a sense of false security when it comes to the possibility of a pandemic.

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War of Remembrance

How the problems of one Philadelphia family created the False Memory Syndrome Foundation and triggered the most controversial debate in modern mental health.

Core of the Problem

The National Ice Core Laboratory tries to answer one question: As the Earth warms, will sea levels rise three feet? Or 30? Or even more?

Dec 2008

Beetle Warfare

What happens when an exotic bug is brought in to fight an exotic weed?

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The Secret Life of Bees

The world’s leading expert on bee behavior discovers the secrets of decision-making in a swarm.

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Into the Forbidden Zone

Armed with a capricious radiation detector, National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann ventures into the hot zone mere days after Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster.

Deadly Contact

How animals and humans exchange disease.
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Planet Killers

A true sci-fi tale of rogue asteroids threatening to obliterate the Earth, and the plucky scientists and astronauts scrambling for ways to stop them.

Dangerous Medicine

With each outbreak of the world’s most fearsome disease, an ad hoc team of doctors and virus-hunters risk their own lives by heading straight for the epicenter. The author joins them in Uganda as they battle to contain the virus, and trek into the forest in search of its secrets.

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Kings of Controversy

Was the Kingdom of David and Solomon a glorious empire—or just a little cow town? It depends on which archaeologist you ask.

Friend or Foe? Crows Never Forget a Face, It Seems

Researchers have found that crows, renowned for their ability to flourish in human-dominated landscapes, can recognize individual human faces.

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe—and that make clear who the real enemy is.

Jul 2012
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The End

Death in L.A. can be an odd undertaking.

The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion

Is there a “God gene”?

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The Temporary Universe

At odds with our nature.

Mar 2012

A Life of Its Own

Where will synthetic biology lead us?

Sep 2009
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The Ghost

National Magazine Award winner Paige Williams follows the trail of the FBI’s most unlikely fugitive: a charming, handsome, onetime devout Mormon, on the run from a brutal murder.

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The Man with the Electrified Brain

The acclaimed author of the blockbuster The Professor and the Madman tells the tale of his own descent into madness.

American Megamillionaire Gets Russki Space Heap!

Sells Joy Rides to Fellow Tycoons! NASA Fumes!

The Green Abyss

Pushing through the heart of the African jungle, ecologist Michael Fay continues his unprecedented trek.