The Best Science Writing Online 2012

Have you encountered the internet slang TLDR yet? It stands for "Too Long; Didn't Read" and typifies the preference of web surfers for concise chunks of information. And yet, somehow, great longform articles continue to appear online. Editors Bora Zivkovic and Jennifer Ouellette herewith round up fifty-one of the finest pieces on subjects ranging from anthropology to cognition, ecology to physics.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.