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Pitfall: The Race to Mine the World's Most Vulnerable Places, by Christopher Pollon

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 Pitfall: The Race to Mine the World's Most Vulnerable Places,, by Christipher Pollon

Background photo on right: Serra Pelada gold mine, Brazil, by Sebastião Salgado

 

A mere sixty years ago, seventy miles deep within a pristine rain forest in New Guinea, a mountain considered sacred to the local indigenous population rose 14,000 feet into the sky. Visit the crest of that mountain...

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Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer

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I enjoyed Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer, by Kathy Kleiman, published last July. In truth, I’m not really a tech kind of guy, and so much of the bulk of the story, taking us through the programming puzzles that had to be worked out...

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