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Underbug

Underbug
An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

by Lisa Margonelli

  • Publisher : Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 2018-08-21
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0374712387
  • 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.

Underbug

Underbug
An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

by Lisa Margonelli

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2018-10-04
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1786071916
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Who has the answer to the world's fuel problems? How can we bring ruined land back to life? Where do roboticists turn when they try to engineer a hive mind? Termites. Strange though it seems, scientists look to tiny termites for answers to some big ideas. Lisa Margonelli tracks them, deep into their mounds to find out how termites can change the world. Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology touches on everything from meditation, innovation and the psychology of obsession to good old-fashioned biology.

Notes and Queries

Notes and Queries
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1889
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Dictionary of the English Language

A Dictionary of the English Language
With an Appendix Containing a Pronouncing Vocabulary of Biblical, Classical, Mythological, Historical, and Geographical Proper Names : Abridged from Webster's International Dictionary

by Noah Webster

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1892
  • Pages : 530
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Autonomous Robot Vehicles

Autonomous Robot Vehicles
A Book

by Ingemar J. Cox,Gordon T. Wilfong

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2012-12-06
  • Pages : 462
  • ISBN : 1461389976
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Circles where the Head Should be

Circles where the Head Should be
Poems

by Caki Wilkinson

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN : 1574413090
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Philosophical Propositions

Philosophical Propositions
An Introduction to Philosophy

by Jonathan Westphal

  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 169
  • ISBN : 9780415170529
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is a fresh, up to date and reliable introduction to philosophy. The reader will find it engaging, helpful, clear and student-friendly in its analysis.

Jilly Cooper: Rivals and Riders

Jilly Cooper: Rivals and Riders
Ebook Bundle

by Jilly Cooper

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2012-03-15
  • Pages : 1648
  • ISBN : 1448127858
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Set against the glorious Cotswold countryside and the playgrounds of the world, Jilly Cooper's Rutshire Chronicles offer an intoxicating blend of skulduggery, swooning romance, sexual adventure and hilarious high jinks. This special 2-for-1 collection features two of these classic titles: Riders and Rivals. Riders Riders takes the lid off international showjumping, a sport where the brave horses are almost human, but the humans behave like animals. The brooding hero, gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, is driven to the top by his loathing of the beautiful bounder and darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black. Having filched each other's horses, and fought and fornicated their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences during the Los Angeles Olympics. Rivals Into the cut-throat world of Corinium television comes Declan O'Hara, a mega-star of great glamour and integrity. Living rather too closely across the valley is Rupert Campbell-Black, divorced and as dissolute as ever, and now the Tory Minister for Sport. Declan needs only a few days at Corinium to realise that the Managing Director, Lord Baddingham, is a crook who has recruited him merely to help retain the franchise for Corinium. Baddingham has also enticed Cameron Cook, a gorgeous but domineering woman executive, to produce Declan's programme. Declan and Cameron detest each other, provoking a storm of controversy into which Rupert plunges with his usual abandon. As a rival group emerges to pitch for the franchise, reputations ripen and decline, true love blossoms and burns, marriages are made and shattered, and sex raises its (delicious) head at almost every throw as, in bed and boardroom, the race is on to capture the Cotswold Crown.

The Vermont Historical Gazetteer

The Vermont Historical Gazetteer
A Magazine, Embracing a History of Each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military

by Abby Maria Hemenway

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1882
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Little Learning Labs: Bugs for Kids, abridged paperback edition

Little Learning Labs: Bugs for Kids, abridged paperback edition
20+ Family-Friendly Activities for Exploring the Amazing World of Beetles, Butterflies, Spiders, and Other Arthropods

by John W. Guyton

  • Publisher : Quarry Books
  • Release : 2019-09-03
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 1631597949
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Little Learning Labs: Bugs for Kids—an abridged paperback edition of Bug Lab for Kids, a finalist for the 2019 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books—presents 20+ fun and informative activities that celebrate all things beautiful, creepy, and crawly. Prepare to cozy up with spiders, centipedes, butterflies, and bees, to name just a few! In Little Learning Labs: Bugs for Kids, Mississippi State University associate professor, extension entomologist (bug expert), and educator John W. Guyton shares his knowledge and excitement about the world of bugs. Discover experiments, hunt-and-catch and citizen science initiatives, and arts and crafts projects that teach about bugs' physical characteristics and behavior, and how they affect agriculture, health, and water quality. You’ll also find helpful tips on how to safely handle common insects, and how to easily identify bugs that shouldn’t be held, pet, or touched. The popular Little Learning Labs series (based on the larger format Lab for Kids series) features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, geology, and math—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Little Learning Labs.

City of Saints & Thieves

City of Saints & Thieves
A Book

by Natalie C. Anderson

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2017-01-24
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 0399547606
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya. In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it. With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

The Oölogist

The Oölogist
For the Student of Birds, Their Nests and Eggs

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1894
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Return: Nightfall & Shadow Souls & Midnight

The Return: Nightfall & Shadow Souls & Midnight
Volume 3 Books 5, 6 & 7

by L.J. Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2020-12-03
  • Pages : 1520
  • ISBN : 144496271X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Dark, gripping and romantic - read the books that inspired the phenomenal Netflix vampire series. Books 5, 6 and 7 in L. J. Smith's New York Times bestselling VAMPIRE DIARIES series. The Return: Nightfall (Book 5): When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her, she also sacrificed her life. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back. Now Elena is not just human - she has powers that makes her irresistible to any vampire. Both brothers still want Elena to be theirs, but something bigger and more powerful than all of them may want her more ... The Return: Shadow Souls (Book 6): Elena is once again at the centre of magic and danger beyond her imagining. And once more, Stefan isn't there to help, forcing her to trust her life to Damon. As they journey to the slums of the Dark Dimension to free an imprisoned Stefan, the tension between Elena and Damon mounts, leaving Elena with a terrible decision: which brother does she really want to be with? The Return: Midnight (Book 7): Elena is back from the Dark Dimension, but saving Stefan had an unlikely consequence: Damon Salvatore has become a mortal. While the trio reels from this latest twist, they must deal with the demons that have taken over Elena's hometown, Fell's Church, bringing them face to face with their darkest moments yet ... Darker than Twilight, more punch than Buffy and bloodier than True Blood - enjoy this romance with real bite...

Splendiferous Speech

Splendiferous Speech
How Early Americans Pioneered Their Own Brand of English

by Rosemarie Ostler

  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press
  • Release : 2018-11-06
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0912777079
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What does it mean to talk like an American? According to John Russell Bartlett's 1848 Dictionary of Americanisms, it means indulging in outlandish slang—splendiferous, scrumptious, higgledy-piggledy—and free-and-easy word creation—demoralize, lengthy, gerrymander. American English is more than just vocabulary, though. It's a picturesque way of talking that includes expressions like go the whole hog, and the wild boasts of frontiersman Davy Crockett, who claimed to be "half horse, half alligator, and a touch of the airthquake." Splendiferous Speech explores the main sources of the American vernacular—the expanding western frontier, the bumptious world of politics, and the sensation-filled pages of popular 19th-century newspapers. It's a process that started with the earliest English colonists (first word adoption—the Algonquian raccoon) and follows Americans as they learn to declare linguistic independence and embrace their own brand of speech. For anyone who wonders how we got from the English of King James to the slang of the Internet, it's an exhilarating ride.

ZERO

ZERO
A Free Technothriller

by Nathan M. Farrugia

  • Publisher : Anomaly Press
  • Release : 2020-12-01
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A trainee spy. A washed-up operative. A doomsday cult with a city to burn. Xiu thinks her recovery mission is leading her to the middle of nowhere, but when she reaches a derelict city on the Chinese border, she finds a seasoned operative with only a pistol, twenty rounds and a broken heart. Cut off from the rest of the world, Xiu and her new, begrudging mentor face an unimaginable enemy: a paramilitary apocalypse cult with room for two, and irradiation for two million. Read this technothriller for free! What readers are saying: ★★★★★ "I'm completely blown away by this series, one of the most amazing action stories I've read." ★★★★★ "Helix is everything I love about action and adventure novels: spies, gadgets, fights, escapes, characters you care about, and a carefully crafted story." ★★★★★ "A captivating, action-packed and suspenseful technothriller." ★★★★★ "Ambitiously, amazingly addictive. As soon as I finished this I purchased the next episode." ★★★★★ "Nathan Farrugia is back, holding his readers hostage for yet another amazing and wild ride. The characters are really brought to life on the page and in the heart." ★★★★★ "Absolutely brilliant. I've always compared Farrugia to Matthew Reilly, and with Helix I think he has finally surpassed Reilly." ★★★★★ "Helix is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action-packed series guaranteed to please the most adrenaline-craving readers. Farrugia's writing is excellent, you fly through the books. I am totally emotionally invested in all the characters. A must read for all thriller fans, and sci-fi fans looking for a break from outer space." ★★★★★ "The author's signature cutting-edge technology, complex plotting, cool gadgets, three-dimensional characters and Hollywood blockbuster-style action sequences are explosively combined in this new series." ★★★★★ "This high-octane thriller by Aussie author Nathan Farrugia starts with a bang and ends the same way." About the author Nathan M. Farrugia is an Australian technothriller writer, and author of the USA Today bestselling Helix and Fifth Column series. Nathan is known for placing himself in dangerous situations, including climbing rooftops in Russia and being hunted by special forces trackers in the United States. He studies Systema, a little-known martial art and former secret of Russian special forces. Beyond his army training, Nathan has trained under USMC, SEAL team, Spetsnaz and Defence Intelligence instructors, and the wilderness and tracking skills of the Chiricahua Apache scouts and Australian Aboriginals. Nathan is currently in Malta, co-writing the sequel to the critically acclaimed video game Metro Exodus by 4A Games. Also by Nathan M. Farrugia: Helix #1: Helix Helix #2: Exile Helix #3: Interceptor Helix #4: Anomaly Helix #5: Inversion Helix #6: Exclave Helix #7: Purity Helix #8: Kill Switch Helix #9: Countervail ZERO The Chimera Vector The Seraphim Sequence The Phoenix Variant The Phoenix Ascent Keywords: technothriller, techno thriller, conspiracy, conspiracies, espionage, pulp, military, thriller, hard boiled, hero, intrigue, complete series, vigilante, noir, crime, series starter, action, fast paced, adventure, assassin, bargain, cheap, novella, genetic, genes, super soldiers, enhanced, special forces, operatives, operator, black ops, black operation, covert, secret agent, helix, fifth column, farrugia, jason bourne, bourne, altered carbon, matt reilly, matthew reilly, a g riddle, winter world, mark dawson, greig beck, splinter cell, net force, cyber storm, matthew mather, konkoly, cyberpunk, russian hackers, systema, jeremy robinson, michael grumley, russell blake, ramez naam, daniel suarez, ludlum, biopunk, superhero, hacking

Webster's Common School Dictionary

Webster's Common School Dictionary
A Dictionary of the English Language : Designed for Use in Common Schools : Abridged from Webster's International Dictionary ...

by Noah Webster

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1892
  • Pages : 422
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushrooms
An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, and Culture

by Christopher Hobbs

  • Publisher : Book Publishing Company
  • Release : 2002-02-01
  • Pages : 402
  • ISBN : 1570679509
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This modern handbook for exploring and understanding the rich traditions of healing fungi in Eastern and Western cultures is the most complete work on the cultural, health-promoting and medicinal uses of mushrooms ever published!. Author Christopher Hobbs thoroughly documnents and details the nutritional and health benefits of over 100 species of edible fungi.

A Pretty Sight

A Pretty Sight
A Book

by David O'Meara

  • Publisher : Coach House Books
  • Release : 2013-10-07
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 1770563598
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Like the rhapsodists, the storytellers of ancient Greece, A Pretty Sight shapes voices of the past and present into a stitched song lifted and sounded toward the next century. Haunted by "time's frame / that dark shape near the edge of the canvass," O’Meara's new book explores aspects of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, offering defiance amid decay.

Thereby Hangs a Tale - Stories of Curious Word Origins

Thereby Hangs a Tale - Stories of Curious Word Origins
A Book

by Charles Earle Funk

  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release : 2013-04-16
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN : 1447495853
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THEREBY HANGS A TALE Stories of Curious Word Origins Charles Earle Funk, Litt. D. PERENNIAL LIBRARY Harper Row, Publishers New York, Cambridge, Philadelphia, San Francisco London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney To B. M. F. Who patiently and often has listened to many of these tales, this book is lovingly dedicated. PREFACE THIS book Is the outcome of a collection of material that has been slowly accumulating over the past thirty years or so, since the time when, under the guidance of the late Dr. Frank H. Vizetelly, I began to work as his associate in the editorial department of the Funk Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary. The ancestry of most of the words that we now use glibly or find in books or other cur rent literature, is prosaic. We can trace their lines of descent back to Old English, or Old French, or Latin, or Greek, or other ancient source, but beyond the bare bones supplied by etymologists, which indicate those sources, and the steps by which they became English words, the dictionaries tell us little f or there is little more that can be told. The ancient Roman or Greek, say, who may have been the first to use a word that has strayed on to us, perhaps could have told the story of its origin. It may have been picturesque, based upon some historic episode, like the word anecdote, it may have come from a tale in some older language, for the languages that we consider ancient were themselves based upon still more ancient sources, but that story, if any, cannot now be determined. Thus what we know about the origins of the great majority of the words In our present language can be found in an unabridged dictionary or in a work dealing with etymologies, such as that compiled by W. W. Skeat about seventy years ago, or the one more recently prepared by Ernest Weekley. But there are in our current language a number of fairly common words some old, some new which were born, or grew, or ac quired their meanings in an unusual manner. They came, as our language has, from all sources sources of which the dictionaries, for lack of space, can rarely supply more than a clue. These are the tales that I have been collecting and which are offered here. A number of them may be already familiar to some readers, such as the origin of tantalize, from the Greek legend of the punishment vm - meted out to Tantalus by the wrathful Zeus, or echo, from the fate of the perfidious nymph of that name. Such tales, though familiar to some, are included here for the benefit of those to whom they may be new. But I have found that few but scholars in the language know how the word clue, which was just used, acquired its present meaning that the Portuguese gave us coconut because, to their sailors in the sixteenth century, the nut resembled a coco, a grinning face that sylph was a coinage of that master charlatan or genius, depending upon the point of view, the sixteenth-century alchemist, Paracelsus that we owe our terms chapel and chaplain to the cloak or cape worn by the fourth-century monk, St. Martin that the name Easter was taken from a pagan goddess, and that the names of the days of the week denote dedication to ancient pagan gods. Whenever it has been possible, the stories are historical that is, for example, facts in the life of St. Martin are briefly stated to explain why his cloak was venerated the occasion for the coinage of sylph by Paracelsus is summarized a brief account tells why magenta commemorated a battle short sketches of the invasions of the Vandals and Tatars account for such words as vandal, tartar, and horde-, highly abridged biographies of such persons as the Scottish engineer, John L. McAdam, the Scottish chemist, Charles Macintosh, and others, tell why their names were adopted into the language an explanation is deduced why the French general, Martinet, became a byword in English, but not in French the historical circumstances that introduced the word nepotism are related, and so on, and so on...

The Gentleman's Magazine

The Gentleman's Magazine
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1798
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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