Alien Languages, Turing on Money, and Microbots: Lux Recommends #272

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #272, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Alien Languages May Not Be Entirely Alien to Us: “Evolution should favor some universal traits in the emergence of any form of communication on any planet” — Adam K

Jennifer Doudna on the Pandemic Year: The Power of Mission-Driven Science: “Professors, researchers and engineers set aside their own projects to focus on how best to fight the pandemic” — Deena

The UK’s new £50 note celebrates Alan Turing with lots of geeky Easter eggsSam

Racing Against Time: Responding to COVID-19Deena

The Deepest Diver in the History of Free Diving Goes Below the Ice: “For the past four years, Alexey Molchanov has been the undisputed best all-around free diver in the world. He broke yet another world record last week, this time beneath an icy surface.” — Adam K

This Used Volvo V70 Wagon Will Cost You $20M Thanks to Its License PlateZack

Bonobos Offer Clues To Why Humans Evolved To Value NicenessDeena

Turing Award Goes to Creators of Computer Programming Building Blocks: “Jeffrey Ullman and Alfred Aho developed many of the fundamental concepts that researchers use when they build new software.”-Shaq

New picture of famous black hole reveals its swirling magnetic fieldDeena

Microsoft wins U.S. Army contract for augmented reality headsets, worth up to $21.9 billion over 10 yearsMike

A Vermont high school has moved into a former Macy’s. Here’s what it looks like. — Adam K

Microrobots fight brain tumors in miceDeena

The Data Visualizations Behind COVID-19 SkepticismAdam G

Clubhouse Feels Like a Party: “But is it a good one?” — Deena

Master of the Revels by Nicole Galland: “This fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling near-future adventure The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. picks up where the original left off, as Tristan Lyons, Mel Stokes, and their fellow outcasts from the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) fight to stop the powerful Irish witch Gráinne from using time travel to reverse the evolution of all modern technology.” — Sam

Eddie Murphy on WTF with Marc Maron PodcastAdam G

How Earth Will Look In 250 million YearsAdam K

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