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Coral Reefs, Bob Ross, and Bicycle History: Lux Recommends #189

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #189, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Thirty years of unique data reveal what’s really killing coral reefs: “the problem of coral bleaching is not just due to a warming planet, but also a planet that is simultaneously being enriched with reactive nitrogen from multiple sources.” — Zack

Dueling Superpowers, Rival Billionaires. Inside the New Race to the MoonAdam K

Growing number of car-sharing users don’t rent cars for driving — Lux Recommends reader Greg Greenberg

Do our pets ever really love us — or do they just stick around for the food? “We dote on our cats and dogs, but is it a one-way relationship? Here’s what science tells us about how to decode their emotions, whether they are avoiding us or getting a little too amorous with our legs” — Adam K

A 100-hour MRI scan captured the most detailed look yet at a whole human brain: “A device recently approved by the U.S. FDA made extremely precise images of a postmortem sample” — Adam G

Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them: “Bob Ross painted more than 1,000 landscapes for his television show — so why are they so hard to find? We solve one of the internet’s favorite little mysteries.” — Frequent reader and friend of Lux, Ben Friedland

A Gigantic Gold Coin Makes Its Way to Wall Street: “Australian chunk of change weighs a metric ton and is worth about $45 million” — Alex

Hallucinations implanted in mouse brains using light: “Behavioural evidence suggests that targeting just 20 neurons prompted animals to ‘see’ an image.” — Adam G

Miami Vice: How an Icon of 80s Cool Transformed a City and the Landscape of Television: “South Beach was in decay, crime was rampant, and tourism was dry. Then came Miami Vice, and South Florida found its mojo.” — Adam K

Why did we wait so long for the bicycle?Sam

Neal Stephenson on Conversations with Tyler: As Tyler Cowen likes to say, self-recommending. — Sam

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