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By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #295, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

A new gene-delivery vehicle could make gene therapy for muscle diseases safer and more effective: “Researchers have engineered a gene-shuttling virus used in gene therapy to better target muscle tissue at lower doses.” — Adam G

Brain-Inspired AI Will Enable Future Medical Implants: “Biocompatible AI could one day monitor body’s electrical signals in real time” — Deena

How Computationally Complex Is a Single Neuron? ”Scientists taught an artificial neural…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #294, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Introduction to AAV as a Gene Therapy Vector, Part 1: “What are AAVs? and what makes them good candidates for gene therapy?” — Adam G

Scientists Create Artificial Cells That Mimic Living Cells’ Ability to Capture, Process, and Expel Material: “Synthetic Microscopic Structures Imitate Vital Function of Biological Cells” — Sam

Turn and Face the Strange: “Overcoming Barriers to Change in Sports and Investing” (pdf)— Peter

Steven Pinker Thinks…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #293, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Why Is the Supply Chain Still So Snarled? We Explain, With a Hot Tub: “Utah manufacturer Bullfrog Spas depends on a complicated network to bring materials from across continents and oceans. The pandemic put it out of whack.” — Deena

The miracle molecule that could treat brain injuries and boost your fading memory: “Discovered more than a decade ago, a remarkable compound shows promise in treating everything from Alzheimer’s…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #292, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots? “Some of the animatronics at Disney’s parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won’t cut it with today’s children.” — Adam K

Social physics: Are we at a tipping point in world history? “Does history have a grand narrative, or is it just a random walk to no place in particular? And is…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #291, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Inflatable robotic hand gives amputees real-time tactile control: “Prosthetic enables a wide range of daily activities, such as zipping a suitcase, shaking hands, and petting a cat.” — Adam G

Near-Death Experiences Can Scar Animals for Life: “Humans may not be the only creatures who get PTSD.” — Zack

Little kids burn so much energy, they’re like a different species, study findsSam

What If You Could Become…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #290, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Following a Circadian Diet Could Help Keep Foodborne Illnesses at Bay: “Mice intestinal immune systems sync with gut microbe activity to provide scheduled protection against contaminated food, a new study suggests” — Adam G

Why CAPTCHA Pictures Are So Unbearably Depressing: “They force you to look at the world the way an AI does” — Sam

Lost Italian Village Emerges After Decades Under Water: “Lake Resia, which engulfed the…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #289, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Loving an Elevator: “The Space Elevator has been a dream of scientists for centuries. A new design may finally make it a reality — at least, by the next century.” — Sam

Eternal Change for No Energy: A Time Crystal Finally Made Real: “Like a perpetual motion machine, a time crystal forever cycles between states without consuming energy. Physicists claim to have built this new phase of matter inside…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #288, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

DeepMind creates ‘transformative’ map of human proteins drawn by artificial intelligence: “DeepMind plans to release hundreds of millions of protein structures for free” — Shaq

Wild Superyacht Secrets I Learned When I Became a Deckhand: “From cannabis buffets to choppering in caviar, posh charter life can be a rough ride for the crew.” — Lux friend Tommy Kane

New Jersey Has Become a Hub for Flavor CompaniesDeena


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #287, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

‘They have shown that this is not some impossible thing’: Academic lab copies Google’s big biological breakthroughAdam G

How Designer DNA Is Changing Medicine: “A genomic revolution is poised to cure sickle cell and other genetic diseases” — Deena

Lifting Weights? Your Fat Cells Would Like to Have a Word: “A cellular chat after your workout may explain in part why weight training burns fat.” …


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #286, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

How Romanesco cauliflower forms its spiraling fractals: “By tweaking just three genes in a common lab plant, scientists have replicated the pattern” — Sam

Can microbes combat neurodegeneration?Adam G

Why I’m a proud solutionist: “History teaches us how to be brutally honest about a problem and yet optimistic for a technological solution.” — Sam

Jordan Crowley Would Be in Line for a Kidney — if He Were…

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