Neural Circuits, Mice Paralysis, and Octopus Intelligence: Lux Recommends #304

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #304, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Articles

An expanding molecular toolbox untangles neural circuits: “Scientists are developing ways to probe the activity, function and organization of neurons in real time with increasing precision.” — Ankeeta

How one image captures 21 hours of a volcanic eruption: “Photographer Stephen Wilkes documented Iceland’s fiery peak as day turned to night, merging 70 photos into one stunning frame.” — Adam K

6 Things to Think About When Designing Your Child: “Designing your child is designing the future. Do it wisely.” — Danny

This Injectable Gel Reversed Paralysis in Mice. Humans Could Be Next Adam K

Books

The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines by Malcolm Gay: “Leading neuroscience researchers are racing to unlock the secrets of the mind. On the cusp of decoding brain signals that govern motor skills, they are developing miraculous technologies that will enable paraplegics and wounded soldiers to move prosthetic limbs and will give all of us the power to manipulate computers and other objects through thought alone. These fiercely competitive scientists are vying for government and venture capital funding, prestige, and wealth.” — Ankeeta

Podcasts

Octopus Intelligence (and more!) | Roger Hanlon on The After On Podcast: “A wide-ranging discussion of cognition in octopuses & cuttlefish, plus many, many other topics with globally renowned sensory ecologist Roger Hanlon.” — Will

Television

Bad Sport: “True crime and sports intersect in a docuseries that examines global controversies and scandals with firsthand accounts from those involved.” — Lux friend Eric Lichtenstein

Movies

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain: “A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel.” — Adam G

Videos

How COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines WorkAdam G

Wings Made of WaterSam

Here’s why rockets eject half a million gallons of water during launchesAdam K

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