Human Life Span, Robot Surgeons, and a Chlorine Shortage: Lux Recommends #277

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #277, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


An Artist Sketches the Giant Gender Gap on the Moon: “By drawing the small number of lunar craters named for women, an artist hopes to highlight women’s contributions to the sciences.” — Deena

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now: “Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?” — Adam G

Did you get enough steps in today? Maybe one day you’ll ask your ‘smart’ shirtAdam K

The Secrets of the World’s Greatest Jailbreak Artist: “Master criminal Rédoine Faïd loved the movies, and his greatest crimes were laced with tributes: to Point Break, Heat, and Reservoir Dogs. When he landed in a maximum-security prison, cinema provided inspiration once again.” — friend of Lux Dave Cheiken

A major chlorine shortage is set to spoil summertime fun in the swimming pool — friend of Lux Brad Bass

Finding an Easter egg in Microsoft BobSam

The Strange, Soothing World of Instagram’s Computer-Generated Interiors: ‘“Renderporn” domesticates the aspiration and surreality of the digital age.’— Lux friend Dan Schatzman

How Food May Improve Your Mood: “The sugar-laden, high-fat foods we often crave when we are stressed or depressed, as comforting as they are, may be the least likely to benefit our mental health.” — Adam G

Bioluminescent jellyfishAdam K

100 Best Sitcoms of All Time: “From family stories to band-of-misfits hangouts, classic rom-coms to workplace mockumentaries, cringe comedies to antihero showcases, and some shows that defy definition, these are the hundred series that have made us laugh, think, occasionally cry, and laugh all over again.” — Sam

And Internal Combustion Engine Sam




Royal Marines Jet Suit Boarding ExerciseShaq

Starship High-Altitude Flight Test Shaq

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