Animal PTSD, a Book Thief, and Twin Shipwrecks: Lux Recommends #291

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 Invisible to Mosquitoes? “Using Crispr, scientists have taken the first step toward creating a mosquito that is blind to human hosts.” — Adam K

Could gut bacteria slow down ageing?Adam G

The Spine Collector: “For years, a mysterious figure has been stealing books before their release. Is it espionage? Revenge? Or a complete waste of time?” — Sam

‘Like Choosing a Pope’: How Succession Got Messy at ‘Jeopardy!’: “The decades-old game show, TV comfort food for many, has been rocked by drama over who would replace the late Alex Trebek.” — Adam K

Now how did that get up there? New study sheds light on development and evolution of dolphin, whale blowholes Adam G

Barcelona Is $1.6 Billion In Debt After Messi’s Departure— Lux friend Nicky Sid

Twin shipwrecks: “In 1864 two ships were wrecked on the same desert island. Despite sharing the island for an entire year, the crews never met and had no idea they were not alone.” — Sam

Wildfire smoke linked to thousands of coronavirus cases on West Coast Peter

Big Data Turns Pig’s Blood and Century Eggs Into Hot Pizza ToppingsAdam K


Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir: “Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission — and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.” — Sam

Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life by Gillian Tett: “In an age when the business world is dominated by technology and data analysis, award-winning financial journalist and anthropology PhD Gillian Tett presents a radically different strategy for success: businesses can revolutionize their understanding of behavior by studying consumers, markets, and organizations through an anthropological lens.” — Lux Recommends reader Dan Katz


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