The award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli, national bestselling author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, investigates the environmental and economic impact termites inflict on human societies in this fascinating examination of one of nature’s most misunderstood insects. Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff annually—and yet, in Margonelli’s telling, seem weirdly familiar. Over the course of a decade-long obsession with the little bugs, Margonelli pokes around termite mounds and high-tech research facilities, closely watching biologists, roboticists, and geneticists. Her globe-trotting journey veers into uncharted territory, from evolutionary theory to Edwardian science literature to the military industrial complex. What begins as a natural history of the termite becomes a personal exploration of the unnatural future we’re building, with darker observations on power, technology, historical trauma, and the limits of human cognition. Whether in Namibia or Cambridge, Arizona or Australia, Margonelli turns up astounding facts and raises provocative questions. Is a termite an individual or a unit of a superorganism? Can we harness the termite’s properties to change the world? If we build termite-like swarming robots, will they inevitably destroy us? Is it possible to think without having a mind? Underbug burrows into these questions and many others—unearthing disquieting answers about the world’s most underrated insect and what it means to be human.
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SYNOPSIS: Undеrbug (2018) еxрlоrеѕ the fаѕсіnаtіng wоrld оf a bug so unlоvеd it might just bеаt сосkrоасhеѕ іn an unрорulаrіtу contest - thе tеrmіtе. Thе rеѕult оf уеаrѕ of rеѕеаrсh аnd іntеrvіеwѕ with bіоlоgіѕtѕ, еntоmоlоgіѕtѕ, аnd gеnеtісіѕtѕ, Lisa Mаrgоnеllі'ѕ ѕtudу ѕеtѕ оut tо rescue the rерutаtіоn оf this undеrаррrесіаtеd сrеаturе. Along the wау ѕhе explores termites' rеmаrkаblе аrсhіtесturаl powers, unpacks thеіr ѕtrаngе rеlаtіоnѕhір wіth a 250 mіllіоn-уеаr-оld fungus, аnd ѕhоwѕ hоw thе mісrоbеѕ in thеіr guts might juѕt hеlр uѕ сrеаtе a mоrе sustainable futurе. ABOUT THЕ AUTHОR: Lisa Mаrgоnеllі іѕ an аwаrd-wіnnіng jоurnаlіѕt аnd the аuthоr оf Oіl оn thе Brain, a bestselling ѕtudу оf the fоѕѕіl fuеl іnduѕtrу. She іѕ a senior editor аt the global nеwѕ outlet Zóсаlо Publіс Sԛuаrе. Shе hаѕ written аbоut ѕсіеnсе, роlіtісѕ, аnd technology fоr thе Atlаntіс, Wіrеd, Sсіеntіfіс American, аnd the New York Tіmеѕ, аmоng оthеrѕ. She іѕ сurrеntlу based іn thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ.DISCLAIMER: This bооk іѕ nоt mеаnt tо rерlасе thе оrіgіnаl bооk but tо ѕеrvе аѕ a companion tо іt.
A funny, "punny" book about the lives of silly bugs doing people things! Fun for kids and adults!
The year is 2067. World War III has come and gone, and the world has been carved into empires. Its people are oppressed and suffering more than ever before. When a mysterious man named Karl von Liebnitz, the leader of a shadowy organization known as Tyrannei, makes plans to take over the planet, there is nothing the empires can do to stop him...until, that is, a new force emerges. Will Hartford and his son, Pierre, have unparalleled mental capabilities, and soon Karl, Will, and Pierre begin to use their mental prowess to battle for control of the world. But as the two sides move closer to their final clash, questions begin to arise. What if the two factions cannot save the world from themselves? What if there is no scenario where the destruction of the world does not happen? Mind vs. Matter is a gripping and thought-provoking novel by an up-and-coming new voice in fiction.
Autonomous robot vehicles are vehicles capable of intelligent motion and action without requiring either a guide or teleoperator control. The recent surge of interest in this subject will grow even grow further as their potential applications increase. Autonomous vehicles are currently being studied for use as reconnaissance/exploratory vehicles for planetary exploration, undersea, land and air environments, remote repair and maintenance, material handling systems for offices and factories, and even intelligent wheelchairs for the disabled. This reference is the first to deal directly with the unique and fundamental problems and recent progress associated with autonomous vehicles. The editors have assembled and combined significant material from a multitude of sources, and, in effect, now conviniently provide a coherent organization to a previously scattered and ill-defined field.
My Encounters with Minibeasts is a collection of stories about insects and spiders by naturalist Densey Clyne, who is internationally known forher writing, photography and nature documentaries. The 35 chapters comprise personal recollections of her adventures in the world of invertebrates, recounting stories from spider tricks and traps to magicalmoths and ridiculously hairy caterpillars.Self styled 'Champion of the Underbug' Densey presents her subjects not in the way that they are generally seen as ugly and dangerous but as intriguing, often beautiful, sometimes bizarre and infinitely diverse. While insisting on scientific accuracy, Densey uses a lightheartedstyle, writing with knowledge, enthusiasm and, dare it be said, love. Many stories are based close to home in Australia, while others relate to the author's travels overseas with cameraman JimFrazier, filming for Sir David Attenborough's documentaries, including in the USA, Borneo and PapuaNew Guinea.
Foreword written by Isabella Tree of the Knepp Wildland Project. RHS How Can I Help Hedgehogs? offers more than 100 ideas for you to help wildlife thrive in your garden. Packed with simple, low-cost ideas that will make a huge difference to the natural world, the book suggests ways to help birds, bees, butterflies, beetles and many other declining species. Hopeful, informative and entertaining, with plenty of 'I-never-knew-that' mini-features, this is a book you and your family need, and one that you'll all enjoy, too. Includes topics such as how to increase the biodiversity of your plot and how to improve your soil without using chemicals. Includes... - Can I make my garden bat-friendly? - Do green roofs work? - Why should I love my weeds? - Should I keep honey bees? - Which flowers are friendliest for moths? - Where's best for a bird box? - Is garden lighting disruptive? ...and many more.
A thorough introduction that lessens the learning curve to building sites with Drupal 7 Drupal 7 is the latest version of the free, open source content management system Drupal. A powerful content management system and framework Drupal has an unfortunate reputation of having a steep learning curve. This guide to Drupal 7 methodically demystifies Drupal and shortening the learning curve. Author Jacob Redding is deeply embedded in the Drupal community, and walks first-time Drupal developers through the installation and configuration of a Drupal system. In-depth information on key areas of Drupal explore the Drupal hook system, Drupal's theming layer, and Drupal's API. You'll also get sample code, and lessons that guide you through various aspects of Drupal. Introduces you to every aspect of Drupal 7 Demystifies key areas of Drupal and shortens the learning curve for even the most novice beginner Features lessons and sample code that offer extra insight into a Drupal web site Exploring simple single website installations and more advanced multiple site installations that share users and/or content. Addresses how to use Drupal's theming layer to your advantage. With this comprehensive and clear book by your side, you will quickly learn to leverage Drupal's impressive power.