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Mayan Civilization, Information, and Tree Mountain: Lux Recommends #117

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #117, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (and want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle: A technology now most commonly associated with driverless cars is driving new discoveries in archaeology: ‘“Lidar is revolutionising archaeology the way the Hubble Space Telescope revolutionised astronomy,” Francisco Estrada-Belli, a Tulane University archaeologist, told National Geographic. “We’ll need 100 years to go through all [the data] and really understand what we’re seeing.”’ — Zack

Is Information Fundamental? Fun fact from the article: If you tried to pack information more densely than 10⁶⁹ bits per square meter, your hard drive would collapse into a black hole. — Alex

Tree Mountain: “Tree Mountain is a man-made mountain 125 feet high covered in 11,000 trees planted in a configuration according to the Golden Ratio.” — Sam

What happens to Starman and the Red Roadster? Post your quick-short story here!: “Okay, on sudden impulse, here’s a flash contest for the best very short Sci Fi story about how aliens or future folk might find and misinterpret Elon’s Starman Tesla!” — Sam

The Trippy, High-Speed World of Drone Racing: Features Lux portfolio company DRL. — Adam G

These are the most-Googled Super Bowl recipes in every stateAdam K

Blue Planet II: Series by the BBC, narrated by Sir Richard Attenborough. It’s breathtaking and truly amazing and to destined to win numerous awards for technological innovations created to capture these images. — Adam K

Why Do So Many Wizards, Kings, and Romans Have British Accents in Fantasy Movies? Sam

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