Ancient Footprints, Gene-Editing, and a Crypto-Trading Hamster: Lux Recommends #297

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #297, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Ancient Footprints Push Back Date of Human Arrival in the Americas: “Human footprints found in New Mexico are about 23,000 years old, a study reported, suggesting that people may have arrived long before the Ice Age’s glaciers melted.” — Adam K

A Gene-Editing Experiment Let These Patients With Vision Loss See Color Again Deena

A Danish museum lent an artist $84,000 for his work. He kept the cash and named the art ‘Take the Money and Run.’ Adam K

Deep Learning’s Diminishing Returns: “The cost of improvement is becoming unsustainable” — Sam

Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster beating human investors — friend of Lux Guy Perelmuter

Women in the Workplace 2021Deena

Scientists Reconstructed the Faces of 3 Egyptian Mummies Using Ancient DNA Extracted From Their BodiesAdam K

A Rock Star’s Next Act: Making Montana a Skateboarding Oasis — Lux Friend Bobby Sherer

Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves By George Estreich: “How new biomedical technologies — from prenatal testing to gene-editing techniques — require us to imagine who counts as human and what it means to belong.” — Ankeeta

LuLaRich: “four-part docuseries that chronicles the unraveling of LuLaRoe. Known for their buttery soft leggings, the infamous multi-level marketing company went viral promising young mothers a work-from-home salvation. LuLaRoe’s eccentric founders recruited an astonishing army of independent retailers to peddle its increasingly bizarre and defective clothing products…until it all went wrong.” — Lux friend Alex Furst

Squid Game: “a South Korean survival drama television series…tells the story of a group of 456 people who are invited to risk their lives in a mysterious survival game” — Lux friend Lane Prince

Pelé: “Looks back at the extraordinary 12-year period in which Pelé, the only man to win three World Cup titles, went from young superstar in 1958 to national hero in 1970; a radical yet turbulent era in Brazil’s history.” — Adam G

Herd of escaped goats spotted in uptown Atlanta — friend of Lux Nicky Sid

This is what sunset looks like from space.Adam K

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