Ancient Bread, Oysters and Chronobiology, and Fonts: Lux Recommends #244

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #244, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

What Bread Tasted Like 4,000 Years Ago: “How an archaeologist and the creator of the Xbox brought an ancient Egyptian sourdough starter back to life” — Sam

The True Colors of America’s Political Spectrum Are Gray and GreenSam

Myriam Sarachik Never Gave Up on Physics: “The New York-based scientist overcame sexism and personal tragedy to make major contributions to the field, for which she received recognition this year.” — Deena

Russia releases secret footage of 1961 ‘Tsar Bomba’ hydrogen blastAdam K

The Wildest Insurance Fraud Scheme Texas Has Ever Seen: “Over a decade, Theodore Robert Wright III destroyed cars, yachts, and planes. That was only the half of it.” — Zack

How an Army of 700 Brought Back the ‘Eco-Challenge’ for AmazonZack

US Fonts Map — featuring 222 typefaces named for American placesAdam K

The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was: “Scientists long believed that biological clocks were predominantly driven by internal rhythms. Then came a fraught discovery — about mollusks and the moon.” — Zack

What Would It Be Like To Fall Into A Black Hole?Deena

The Speed Cubers: “This documentary captures the extraordinary twists and turns in the journeys of Rubik’s Cube-solving champions Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs.” — Friend of Lux Bobby D.

Here’s what the Earth & Moon look like for a month from each other Adam K

Clouds over Lake SuperiorAdam K

Most popular girl name by state from 1960–2012 Peter

This is the level of detail you can get from a 365-Gigapixel pictureAdam K

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