I can't resist one more trip to James Cameron's Pandora: not with biologist and award-winning science writer Carol Kaesuk Yoon as our guide.
She writes of the film Avatar: "It has recreated what is the heart of biology: the naked, heart-stopping wonder of really seeing the living world."
Among the features she finds compelling are the well-thought-out web of Pandoran life, which gives humans too jaded to get excited over a new field mouse their best virtual chance yet to step into a world unknown. She praises the depiction of scientists - dedicated, analytical, yet still taken with the wonder of it all.
COMMENT: This is the best of the Pandora articles, even if it does ignore the derivative plot and the talking trees. Great work, Carol.