Stories like this amaze me. Saw a Discovery Channel show with similar information (how bees, which are fairly simple creatures alone, cooperate in huge numbers to build hives etc.), was riveted by it.
Termites Inspire Paper Pusher
Scientists at the world's leading research establishments are tapping millions of years of evolutionary dynamics to help them build the next generation of electronics, components and materials.
By copying the way termites make independent decisions to achieve a common goal such as building a nest, Palo Alto Research Center scientists are building a device with thousands of air jets that can act independently to move paper through a copier or printer.