If I were on a jury gathered to choose the winner of the 2012 Blog Editor Of The Year Award it would have to go to Maria Popova of Brain Pickings. Hands down. Maria is a national treasure as far as I’m concerned, because each and every day she publishes the most extraordinary stories imaginable. Whether it’s an analysis of the philosophies embedded in Alice In Wonderland, or digging up a long-lost copy of Salvador Dali and Walt Disney’s collaboration on their 1945 film Destino, Maria’s discoveries are nothing short of a dream come true for lovers of all things inspired. Her latest golden nugget is a story about the physics of how bird wings work, where she writes about Thor Hanson’s book Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. You can read the entire story by visiting BrainPickings.org, and be sure to follow Brain Pickings on Facebook and Twitter for live updates from Maria. Pure amazingness.