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).

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‘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).

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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…

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #285, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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‘At first I thought, this is crazy’: the real-life plan to use novels to predict the next war: “Three years ago, a small group of academics at a German university launched an unprecedented collaboration with the military — using novels to try to pinpoint the world’s next conflicts. Are they on to something?” — Sam

Targeted Protein Degradation: The First Proof-of-Mechanism in a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled StudyZavain

A…

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #284, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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The Rich, Weird, and Frustrating World of Depression-Era Travel Guides: “The American Guides were unusual not only for their shaggy opulence and Americana maximalism, but also for their source of funding: the federal government.” — Sam

Your body’s ‘hidden’ senses might help treat epilepsy, depressionAdam G

Map data is shockingly easy to fake, from ‘Pokémon Go’ to satellite images: “It’s time for new mapping ethics.” — Cameron

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #283, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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Humpback Whale Nearly Eats a Lobsterman, Then Thinks Better of It: “Michael Packard, a lobster diver in Provincetown, Mass., found himself inside the mouth of a whale on Friday morning, then was spit out.” — Adam K

Kill the 5-Day Workweek: “Reducing hours without reducing pay would reignite an essential but long-forgotten moral project: making American life less about work.” — Sam

Link found between gut microbes and stroke

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #282, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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A Brief History of Netflix Personalization: “From startup in 1998 to today, a detailed history of the strategy, metrics, and experiments Netflix executed to develop a personalized experience focused on delivering its members movies they’d love.” — Sam

How to stop AI from recognizing your face in selfies: “A growing number of tools now let you stop facial recognition systems from training on your personal photos” — Cameron

The…

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #281, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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Old-school computing: when your lab PC is ancient: “Maintaining outdated PCs can be a matter of necessity — and a labour of love.” — Sam

Click to drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where it ends upAdam G

I’m a Physicist Who Searches for Aliens. U.F.O.s Don’t Impress Me — friend of Lux Jeff Cooper

How Do We Quantify the Elusive Concept…

Even from our earliest days, we have been clear about why we were building Lux: to support extraordinary entrepreneurs, often outsiders, doubted by most, whose ambitions would transform the world through straight-out-of-fiction science and technology. We have always believed before others understood.

After all these years, we remain stubbornly focused on that same guiding principle. We are a committed team of unshakeable optimists with unwavering conviction in the equalizing power of science to benefit all, even when few others see what we see. We feel forever fortunate and sometimes amazed that we get to seek out and be sought by…

Data, machine learning, and semiconductor technology are ushering in a renaissance in automation: machines that historically were precisely controlled are now being “taught.” These machines, like humans, use pattern recognition obtained from data to solve known, and potentially unknown, problems. At Lux, starting over two decades ago, we sought to build and invest in startups that endow superpowers upon people, in a manner similar to the industrial revolution. We funded automation technology startups that collected and analyzed data, built machine-learning software, and created chips that trained and executed on them. …

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #280, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill: “All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.” — Sam

Gene Therapy, High-Tech Goggles Restore Some Vision to Blind People: “New treatment using optogenetics has restored limited vision to people blinded by hereditary retinal disease” — Shaq

Map of the Internet 2021Sam

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