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Developing the Moon, 1.2 Trillion Trees, and Cathedrals: Lux Recommends #179

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #179, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

The Race to Develop the Moon: “For science, profit, and pride, China, the U.S., and private companies are hunting for resources on the lunar surface.” — Sam

Why Is the Internet Obsessed With This Cult Toothpaste? “American customers are paying big bucks to import tiny tubes of toothpaste” — Zavain

1,500 years ago, someone ate a venomous snake whole. Why? “Is the puzzling find evidence of an ancient ritual, or just a prehistoric dare gone wrong?” — Adam K

Planting 1.2 Trillion Trees Could Cancel Out a Decade of CO2 Emissions, Scientists FindSam

The Man Who Solved ‘Jeopardy!’: “James Holzhauer has taken the game to its logical conclusion.” — Adam G

Building a CathedralSam

Youth Spies and Curious EldersSam

Circe by Madeline Miller: A retelling of Greek mythology: “In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child — not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power — the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.” — Sam a novel by Nathan Englander: “a streamlined comic masterpiece about a son’s failure to say Kaddish for his father.” — Sam

Shuudan Koudou Is the Japanese Art of Synchronized Precision WalkingSam

The jump to end all jumpsAdam K

Hand-drawn timelapseAdam K

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