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Genetic Screening, Futuristic Predictions, and Sesame Street Puppeteers: Lux Recommends #111

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #111, 2017's final edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (and want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

This Italian Family Feels No Pain, And Scientists Finally Understand Why: “Scientists have identified a mysterious genetic mutation that effectively negates the sensation of pain, enabling people with the rare anomaly to persevere effortlessly through extreme physical discomfort.” — Adam G

Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles: “Rony Abovitz talks with Glixel about the tech and ambitions behind new MR Goggles” — Adam G

Modern Family Planning: “Expanded carrier screening now allows couples to test for hundreds of recessive disorders pre- and post-conception.” — Adam G

On location: Star Wars: The Last Jedi: “From Dubrovnik to Donegal, where to find the dramatic landscapes from latest chapter of the space saga” — Adam K

Deliverance From 27,000 Feet: ‘The climbers spent years planning and saving, but the altitude is called the “death zone” for good reason. In 2016, 2 men died near the top of Mount Everest. Their bodies lay frozen there for a year. Then a journey began to bring them home.’ — Adam K

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2017 Sam

Incredible images reveal a futuristic vision inspired by Polynesian traditions for the world’s first floating nation planned for the Pacific Ocean by 2020 Adam K

And calculating “How Many People Haven’t Seen ‘Titanic’?” — Sam

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies by Geoffrey West: This book is about cycles and scales — from the micro to the macro. Physicist Geoffrey West has found an underlying simplicity that integrates living creatures, cities and our businesses.— Lux Recommends Guy Perelmuter

Soul: “Taking us to Eneko Atxa’s 3-Michelin-star restaurant in Spain, and to the legendary Tokyo sushi joint run by elderly Jiro Ono, the film captures the deep traditions that have made Basque and Japanese cuisines two of the best in the world.” — Adam G

Sesame Street puppeteers explain how they play their characters Sam

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