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The jaw-dropping world of termites

The Guardian has a great article about termites. I’ve been fascinated by them for a long time after reading about their engineering skills. Fascinating creatures.

Here is a excerpt and link to the article:

Termites who spend a year building an average mound of 3 metres have just built, in comparison to their size, the Empire State Building. Those who build taller mounds, at nearly 5 metres, have just built the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – 830 metres and 163 floors of vertigo – with no architect and no structural engineer. Such unthinking, seat-of-the-pants design is not possible for humans, who required squads of professionals, advanced equipment and 7,500 people working for six years to build the Burj Khalifa. Working with Turner, engineer Rupert Soar hoped to harness the powerful constructive groupthink that comes from the tiny mouths of termites and their even tinier brains to build structures in remote environments such as Mars. But there were issues: termites, he said, engineer to the point of collapse.

theguardian.com

Working with a designer

Seth Godin posted two really compelling articles relating to working with creatives. E.g. Graphic designer, Web site designer etc.

My primary work revolves around my website design studio Arctic Online so I deal with clients on a daily basis in this field.

It’s super refreshing and fun to work with a client who is clear about what they want and what they don’t. It makes my job easy!

Here are some great tips from Seth:

Working with a designer (four paths)

Bonnie’s rules for being a better client

 

We did as good as nothing in response to climate change – Mayer Hillman Interview

The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it.

Read this great interview with Mayer Hillman for insight from someone who has research and advised decision makers for over 60 years.  One of the telling view points that really got me thinking were is comments on the shortsightedness of our thinking…

Hillman is amazed that our thinking rarely stretches beyond 2100. “This is what I find so extraordinary when scientists warn that the temperature could rise to 5C or 8C. What, and stop there? What legacies are we leaving for future generations? In the early 21st century, we did as good as nothing in response to climate change. Our children and grandchildren are going to be extraordinarily critical.

Read the full interview on the Guardians website

Image credit: John Alex Maguire/Rex Features