Gut Microbes, Quantum Computing, and Spinach Email: Lux Recommends #265

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #265, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? “The CDC ordered software that was meant to manage the vaccine rollout. Instead, it has been plagued by problems and abandoned by most states.” — Deena

Scientists Have Taught Spinach to Send Emails and it Could Warn Us About Climate ChangeBilal

We’re living in a golden age of sample return missions: “A spate of new missions this decade will deliver extraterrestrial rocks and rubble from all over the solar system. First up, Mars.” — Cameron

Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines: “Among the potential dangers of misuse: harmful manipulation of the human genome” — Deena

Apple Watch can help track Parkinson’s disease symptoms, research showsAdam G

Alzheimer’s Prediction May Be Found in Writing Tests: “IBM researchers trained artificial intelligence to pick up hints of changes in language ahead of the onset of neurological diseases.” — Deena

‘Frozen’ Animation Code Helped Engineers Solve a 62-Year-Old Russian Cold Case: ‘The Dyatlov Pass incident left nine Russian hikers dead in 1959. Now thanks to “Frozen,” the mystery has been solved.’— Lux Recommends reader Greg Greenberg

Predicting COVID-19 mortality with electronic medical recordsDeena

How gut microbes could drive brain disorders: “Scientists are starting to work out how the gut microbiome can affect brain health. That might lead to better and easier treatments for brain diseases.” — Adam G

Kaddish for Knishes? Post-Pandemic, Jewish delis face uncertain future — friend of Lux Lboca

The money behind Robinhood is pure Sheriff of Nottingham — friend of Lux Nicky Sid

Fecal microbiota transplants help patients with advanced melanoma respond to immunotherapyAdam G

How the Pandemic Left the $25 Billion Hudson Yards Eerily Deserted: “The largest private development in U.S. history has attracted marquee companies, but is struggling with unsold luxury condos and a mall barren of shoppers.” — Adam K

Soccer looks to AI for an edge: Could an algorithm really predict injuries?Deena

Organs-on-a-Chip Device Connects Gut Microbiome with Parkinson’s DiseaseAdam G

ESPN Investigates’ debut podcast series “Bloodlines” examines the bloody past & uncertain future of horse racing — Lux friend Dave Cheiken


YOU by Austin Grossman: “When Russell joins Black Arts games, brainchild of two visionary designers who were once his closest friends, he reunites with an eccentric crew of nerds hacking the frontiers of both technology and entertainment.” — Sam


Spend 40 seconds watching our planet change over a billion years. — Sam

A cappella iPhone sound effectsZack

How many children can a human have in a lifetime?Adam K

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