Folks, I have big news...
I've just published a book based on this little blog. Some of you may remember me doing a quick poll about this a while back. Well since then, I've collected about 80 or so of my favourite posts from the last year and converted them from pixels to paper.
The book is now available through online publisher Lulu and you can order one for the tiny sum of £9.99 by clicking on these magic blue words.
It covers a wide range of biological areas - Mexican-waving bees, snow-making bacteria, viruses of viruses, the psychology of voting, the neuroscience of jazz, binge-drinkins shrews, the evolution of language, super-sharks, climate-changing beetles and more.
So... if you fancy it, please buy a copy, give some to your friends, tell other people about it, or even post about it on your own blogs. I'd appreciate any support you care to give.
Partly, that will make me happy in these economically troubled times (cue tiny violin), but more seriously, I started Not Exactly Rocket Science as a way of reaching out to people with no specialist knowledge and only a passing interest in science. The book is meant to help draw in people who don't really read blogs so if you have any friends who are interested in science, why not tell them about it or buy them a copy in time for Christmas?
I'm really proud of it and the fact that it's sitting on my bookshelf, all tangible and shiny. If everything goes according to plan, it should be available via Amazon and other online booksellers within a month or so although I recommend buying through Lulu because Amazon will probably charge you more and give me less.
And if you wanted more incentive, here's what esteemed blogger and science writer Carl Zimmer had to say about it:
"Few blogs make a smooth transition from computer to paper. Not Exactly Rocket Science is one of them. Ed Yong writes elegantly yet engagingly about all manner of biology, from yawning dogs to viruses of viruses. Turn off the laptop for a while, and crack open this book. You will be pleased you did."