Mazes, Intel 4004, and Mind Reading: Lux Recommends #305
Welcome to Lux Recommends #305, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
How the World’s Foremost Maze-Maker Leads People Astray: “Adrian Fisher has devoted the past four decades to bringing back mazes, long regarded as historical curiosities. He has created more than seven hundred — including one on a skyscraper in Dubai and another that’s now reproduced on Britain’s five-pound note.” — Sam
Artificial intelligence powers protein-folding predictions: “Deep-learning algorithms such as AlphaFold2 and RoseTTAFold can now predict a protein’s 3D shape from its linear sequence — a huge boon to structural biologists.” — Adam G
An AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins: “A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.” — Shaq
Stephen Curry’s Scientific Quest for the Perfect Shot: “The NBA’s best shooter decided the basket was too big. He used technology to make it smaller. The goal: ‘swishes within swishes.’” — Adam K
A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes? For One Man, It Seems to Have Worked: “A new treatment using stem cells that produce insulin has surprised experts and given them hope for the 1.5 million Americans living with the disease.” — Adam K
Team builds first living robots — that can reproduce: “AI-designed Xenobots reveal entirely new form of biological self-replication — promising for regenerative medicine” — Lux Recommends reader Randy Castleman
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