Recommended: Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

Books and recommendations from Scientific American

The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence
by Paul Davies. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010

The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty
by Alfred S. Posamentier. Prometheus Books, 2010

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind
by Barbara Strauch. Viking, 2010

The Race to the End of the Earth
May 2010–January 2011 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The Deep
May 28–September 5 at the Natural History Museum in London.

This article was originally published with the title "Industrious Ants Seeds of Despair Discovering Antarctica."

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