Welcome to Lux Recommends #300, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
The Inside Story of Pong and the Early Days of Atari: “Installed in a bar in Sunnyvale, California, the first Pong prototype was so popular that the flood of quarters jammed the machine.” — Adam K
Obsidian ‘Spirit Mirror’ Used by Elizabeth I’s Court Astrologer Has Aztec Origins: “Tudor polymath John Dee used the artifact in his attempts to communicate with angels and apparitions” — Sam
In a First, Surgeons Attached a Pig Kidney to a Human — and It Worked: “A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig seemed to function normally, potentially a new source for desperately needed transplant organs.” — friend of Lux Nicky Sid
A blind man can perceive objects after a gene from algae was added to his eye: “Researchers are trying to genetically reengineer people’s retinas to restore vision.” — Ina
Bewilderment by Richard Powers: “The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife…With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son’s ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers’s most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?” — Sam
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