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Cellular Therapies, Protein-Folding AI, and New Coke: Lux Recommends #190

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #190, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies: ‘New “living drugs” — made from a patient’s own cells — can cure once incurable cancers. But can we afford them?’ — Adam G

Orcas eat great white sharks — new insights into rare behavior revealed: “Though the great white is considered the top marine predator, orcas may actually rule the oceans, new observations suggest.” — Adam K

New Coke Didn’t Fail. It Was Murdered: ‘The “Stranger Things” kid is right — it tasted fine. It died because of a Southern rebellion.’ — Adam G

Pipe: How the System Call That Ties Unix Together Came AboutSam

How Much Do Directors Influence Firm Value? Quantifying the influence of board members on a public company’s valuation. — Alex

AI protein-folding algorithms solve structures faster than ever: “Deep learning makes its mark on protein-structure prediction.” — Adam G

Money Heist: “Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.” — Lux Friend Lane Prince

Alita: Battle Angel: “A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.” — Adam G

How ‘I Spy’ Picture Books Are MadeAdam K

Octopus goes into stealth modeAdam K

Stunning footage shows giant manta ray ask snorkeler for helpAdam K

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