Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live

Basic Books, 6 de nov. de 2018 - 336 páginas
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.

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Comentário do usuário  - bgknighton - LibraryThing

Well presented discussion of the world we are surrounded by, even when we choose to ignore it. At could make better choices about how we interact with it. Ler resenha completa

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Comentário do usuário  - JennyNau10 - LibraryThing

This book is perfect for anyone high school age on up who have an interest in weird biology. Everything from Toxoplasma gondii which we already all try to ignore to the many, many little critters that ... Ler resenha completa


Homo indoorus
The Hot Spring in the Basement
Seeing in the Dark
Absence as a Disease
Bathing in a Stream of Life
The Problem with Abundance
The Farsighted Ecologist
What Good Is a Camel Cricket?
The Problem with Cockroaches Is
Look What the Cat Dragged
Gardening the Bodies of Babies
The Flavor of Biodiversity
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Rob Dunn is a professor in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University and in the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, and Every Living Thing, and his magazine work is published widely, including in National Geographic, Natural History, New Scientist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian. He has a PhD from the University of Connecticut and was a Fulbright Fellow. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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