Fish Tanks, Supply Chains, and TI Calculator Innovation: Lux Recommends #299

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #299, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


The Insane Innovation of TI Calculator HobbyistsSam

Missing Ski Found Trapped in 1,300-Year-Old Ice: ‘The wooden ski and its previously discovered counterpart are considered the “best-preserved pair of skis from prehistory.”’ — Adam K

A COVID Serenity Prayer: “We need the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Sam

A Chemical Hunger — Part I: Mysteries: A series of blog posts on obesity. — Lux Recommends reader Dan Katz

What I Learned About My Writing By Seeing Only The Punctuation: “I made a web tool that lets you spy your hidden literary style” — Sam

High-End Design Comes to the Fish Tank: “Luxury home aquariums now can rival installations at public aquariums in size and scale, and they come with hefty price tags”— Lux friend Chuck Clarvit

Remystifying Supply Chains: “Supply chains are TV for matter” — Sam

At the George Washington Bridge Casino, Your Bets Are a Bike Ride Away: “You can’t gamble online in New York, but you can in New Jersey. For a group of frustrated N.F.L. bettors, that means a 15-minute trek via bicycle that saves them a $16 toll.” — Adam K

State of AI Report 2021Adam G

New carnivorous plant discovered, right under our noses Sam


Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration by Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith: “Economist Bryan Caplan makes a bold case for unrestricted immigration in this fact-filled graphic nonfiction…He argues that opening all borders could eliminate absolute poverty worldwide and usher in a booming worldwide economy―greatly benefiting humanity.” — Sam


Hope lies in dreams: “Stan Crooke rose from poverty to found a company that pioneered antisense drugs. After decades of struggle and years of public doubt, the company created a treatment that has saved thousands of children from the brutal disease spinal muscular atrophy.” — Ankeeta


Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell: “Featuring rare footage and in-depth interviews, this documentary celebrates the life of The Notorious B.I.G. on his journey from hustler to rap king.” — Adam G


Strange Attractor on an Etch A Sketch with Raspberry Pi PicoSam

These AIs Are About to Revolutionize Biology — friend of Lux Bryan White

The Japanese puffer fish is probably nature’s greatest artistAdam G

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