Picks and Pans Review: Tenner Doesn't Limit His Exposé to the Perils of Hardware and Software. Medicine, Geology and Other Natural Sciences Also Come Under His Scrutiny. for Instance, How Could Environmentalists Have Foreseen the Nasty Surprise That Clea
(previously killed off by the oil-and chemical-tainted water). The worms devoured 12-inch-thick pilings, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Exxon's $2 billion cleanup of the Valdez oil spill in Alaska—using hot water applied with high-velocity pumps—scalded beaches, killing barnacles, clams and limpets that had miraculously survived the oil.
In hundreds of vivid anecdotes, Tenner tells us what we've suspected all along—when it comes to enjoying the wonders of new technology, we'd be wise to watch our backs for nature's revenge. (Knopf, $26)
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