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?
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.
Lisa Margonelli is the author of Oil on the Brain, a national bestseller which the American Library Association named one of the 25 Notable Books of 2007. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic, Scientific American, National Geographic and Wired. She lives in Maine.