The scientific blogosphere has died. The scientific blogosphere lives. "The Best Science Writing Online 2012 (Open Laboratory)" is an amazing, quite eclectic, collection of science writing, covering everything from our current understanding of genomic data in molecular biology, to the intricacies of human behavior, and even the likelihood that there are some elementary particles in physics capable of exceeding the speed of light. Series editor Bora Zivkovic, Scientific American's blog editor, and editor Jennifer Ouellette have done a masterful job, along with their assorted collaborators, in sifting through some of the best science writing that's available now on the scientific blogosphere, from new bloggers to notable ones like P Z Myers, Chad Orzel and Brian Switek and highly regarded science journalists John Rennie (former Scientific American publisher), Carl Zimmer and Ed Yong. There's a fine introductory essay on the current state of the scientific blogosphere from Jennifer Ouellette, who notes that reports of its demise are quite premature to say the least. Former vertebrate paleontologist - now science writer and blogger - Brian Switek - well known for his Laelaps blog and his book "Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record and Our Place in Nature" - delves through fact and mythology regarding the Dodo, the "poster child of extinction", in a memorable essay ("The Dodo is Dead, Long Live The Dodo!") possessed of superb literary quality comparable with anything written by Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould. In an emotionally riveting, quite powerful, condemnation of the Nazi-like indoctrination of young school children on the "truth" of creationism by Answers in Genesis creationist Ken Ham, noted New Atheist advocate and biologist P Z Myers writes a latter day "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" letter addressed to "Dear Emma B", explaining the wonders of science to the brainwashed Emma B in a surprisingly quite respectful tone that is one of the finest examples of blogging posted by Myers at his Pharyngula blog. Physicist Chad Orzel, like Myers, a well-known science blogger, discusses the faster than light neutrinos experiments conducted at CERN ("Faster Than A Speeding Photon"). Devoted fans of well-known bloggers like Myers and Orzel, and science journalists Rennie and Zimmer, will find this volume worthy of attention, and so, too, I predict, will many others who value superb science writing, regardless of its source.