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Underbug


Underbug
  • Author : Lisa Margonelli
  • Publisher : Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 2018-08-21
  • ISBN : 9780374712389
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Summary of Underbug by Lisa Margonelli An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology


Summary of Underbug by Lisa Margonelli   An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
  • Author : Ctprint
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-01-24
  • ISBN : 9798604044711
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

House Guests House Pests


House Guests  House Pests
  • Author : Richard Jones
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2015-02-12
  • ISBN : 9781472906243
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Today we live in snug, well-furnished houses surrounded by the trappings of a civilised life. But we are not alone – we suffer a constant stream of unwanted visitors. Our houses, our food, our belongings, our very existence are under constant attack from a host of invaders eager to take advantage of our shelter, our food stores and our tasty soft furnishings. From bats in the belfry to beetles in the cellar, moths in the wardrobe and mosquitoes in the bedroom, humans cannot escape the attentions of the animal kingdom. Nature may be red in tooth and claw, but when it's our blood the bedbugs are after, when it's our cereal bowl that's littered with mouse droppings, and when it's our favourite chair that collapses due to woodworm in the legs, it really brings it home the fact that we and our homes are part of nature too. This book represents a 21st century version of the classic Mediaeval bestiary. It poses questions such as where these animals came from, can we live with them, can we get rid of them, and should we? Written in Richard Jones's engaging style and with a funky-retro design, House Guests, House Pests will be a book to treasure.

Never Home Alone


Never Home Alone
  • Author : Rob Dunn
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 2018-11-06
  • ISBN : 9781541645745
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes, from the Egyptian meal moths in our cupboards and camel crickets in our basements to the lactobacillus lounging on our kitchen counters. You are not alone. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution. These changes are reshaping the organisms that live with us -- prompting some to become more dangerous, while undermining those species that benefit our bodies or help us keep more threatening organisms at bay. No one who reads this engrossing, revelatory book will look at their homes in the same way again.

Dark Water


Dark Water
  • Author : Parker Bilal
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2017-07-11
  • ISBN : 9781632866547
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The sixth thriller in the Makana series called "excellent" by Marilyn Stasio in the New York Times Book Review. When an Englishman, Marcus Winslow, appears at Private Investigator Makana's door one April morning, Makana does not realize that he will soon risk losing everything he has built for himself in Cairo. Winslow represents the British Secret Intelligence Services and he has a special mission to offer, one that Makana cannot resist: Ayman Nizari, a dangerous specialist in biochemical nerve agents, is on the run and asking for asylum. The only person who can bring him in is Makana--by Nizari's own request. Nizari has gone underground in Istanbul and Makana, for the first time since arriving in Egypt, must travel abroad, to a city he doesn't know. Can he trust Marcus Winslow? Or is something more sinister in the works? In Istanbul, Makana soon realizes that nothing is what it appears to be. Suddenly, his past is racing to catch up with him, and Makana becomes both hunter and hunted.