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.
Modern life is complicated, much more so than it used to be. Acclaimed author and social entrepreneur, Julia Hobsbawm, shows you a simpler way. The Simplicity Principle challenges the assumption that all things that are complex have to stay that way. It helps keep things as lean, simple and focused as possible. Smartphone users experience concentration interruptions every 12 minutes of the day, there are over 250 billion emails sent every 24 hours and by 2021 the internet will have created more than 3.3 zettabytes of data. Yet complexity doesn't have to dominate, complicate or clutter our lives. Based on a hexagonal model, this book shows you that it's easy to streamline and simplify both your professional and personal lives with lessons based on the natural world. For anyone who feels that life can be too much, The Simplicity Principle will help you break free of the endless choices and complexities that we face in the world today. It's time to gain control of your focus and productivity, and most importantly, KEEP IT SIMPLE.
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.
The family history of Grover Cleveland Cornett (1885-1968) back to William Cornett, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and the connection of his family to King Canute I of England through the Cornetts of Grayson County, Virginia. Most of the book deals with the history of the family of John Cornett II (1828-1904) grandson of William Cornett, who was born near Hazard, in Perry County, Kentucky and married Nancy Combs in 1852, they had ten children.
Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2010. The poems in Circles Where the Head Should Be are full of objects and oddities, bits of news, epic catalogues, and a cast of characters hoping to make sense of it all. Underneath the often whimsical surface, however, lies a search for those connections we long for but so often miss, and a wish for art to bridge the gaps. Circles Where the Head Should Be has its own distinctive voice, a lively intelligence, insatiable curiosity, and a decided command of form. These qualities play off one another in ways that instruct and delight. An irresistible book."--J. D. McClatchy, author of Mercury Dressing: Poems, judge Storm and Stress That a spider web supports a bead of rain is as significant as rain's resolve, poised where some spinneret has pitched its threads aslant, since, held or holding, each endures a strain-- one presses, one reacts. Don't ask me what it's worth. Despite the facts of matter's favored states, such concentration's of no consequence beyond this life, a net tailored to break, too late for recompense when weight evaporates.