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Pig Kidnapping, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and Protein Folding: Lux Recommends #193

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #193, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Is Behaving Strangely: “For a time, it looked as though the planet’s defining feature might be on the verge of extinction.” — Sam

Inside DeepMind’s epic mission to solve science’s trickiest problem: “DeepMind’s AI has beaten chess grandmasters and Go champions. But founder and CEO Demis Hassabis now has his sights set on bigger, real-world problems that could change lives. First up: protein folding” — Adam G

Automating artificial intelligence for medical decision-making: “Model replaces the laborious process of annotating massive patient datasets by hand.” — Deena

The Anthropocene Is a Joke: “On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch.” — Sam

The computational protein designers: “A new breed of protein engineers is finding that the best way to create a molecule is to build it from scratch.” — Adam G

Truth: A Love Story: “A scientist discovers his own family’s secrets.” — Adam G

Why These Praying Mantises Are Wearing Itty-Bitty 3D GlassesAdam K

How a ‘NULL’ License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket HellSam

Stealing Lauri: “A pig kidnapping highlights the concerns over antibiotics in livestock.” — Adam G

Alexis Ohanian: Paternity Leave Was Crucial After the Birth of My Child, and Every Father Deserves It: “After my wife nearly died giving birth, I spent months at home caring for my family. Every dad should be empowered to do the same.” — Deena

On Alzheimer’s, scientists head back to the drawing board — and once-shunned ideas get an audienceAdam G

Gyroscopic self balancing pool table on a cruiseshipAdam K

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