Maternal Microbes, the American Chestnut Tree, and Car Design: Lux Recommends #250

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #250, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Articles

The Nature of Nature: “Is the genetically engineered chestnut tree an act of ecological restoration or a threat to wild forests?” — Sam

A Schizophrenia Study in Africa is Boosting Equity in Global Genetics ResearchDeena

The Island That Humans Can’t Conquer: “A faraway island in Alaska has had its share of visitors, but none can remain for long on its shores.” — Adam K

Get Ready for the Great Urban Comeback: “Visionary responses to catastrophes have changed city life for the better.” — Sam

Maternal microbes support fetal brain wiring: “Resident bacteria in the maternal gut are important for normal fetal brain development in mice. It emerges that this effect is driven by bacterially produced metabolite molecules that signal to the fetal brain.” — Adam G

Car design is about to change forever. This video encapsulates how: “The car of the future is a skateboard, and whatever you want goes on top.” — Adam K

AI Can Help Diagnose Some Illnesses — If Your Country Is Rich: “Algorithms for detecting eye diseases are mostly trained on patients in the US, Europe, and China. This can make the tools ineffective for other racial groups and countries.” — Deena

Without Live Music to Play, Pearl Jam Reimagines Rock Activism in 2020: “The pandemic has grounded rock tours and left clubs empty. So Pearl Jam is turning to the tools of modern politics to get out the vote.” — Adam K

The company that has a monopoly on ice cream truck music: “How a small, family-owned electronics company came to control 97% of the ice cream truck music market.” — friend of Lux Mike Granoff

And the 2020 Photomicrography Competition Adam G

Books

Sid Meier’s Memoir!: A Life in Computer Games by Sid Meier: ‘The life and career of the legendary developer celebrated as the “godfather of computer gaming,” and creator of Civilization.’ — Sam

Videos

The largest WWII bomb ever discovered in Poland exploded underwater Adam K

Some music via tapping bottlesAdam K

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