Problem Solving, Brain Implants, and New Accents: Lux Recommends #274

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #274, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Adding is favoured over subtracting in problem solving: “A series of problem-solving experiments reveal that people are more likely to consider solutions that add features than solutions that remove them, even when removing features is more efficient.” — Deena

Bill Hwang Had $20 Billion, Then Lost It All in Two Days: “The fast rise and even faster fall of a trader who bet big with borrowed money.” — Adam K

Elon Musk’s Neuralink reveals monkey playing Pong with brain implant: “A new Neuralink video shows nine-year-old Macaque playing the classic video game… using a brain-implant device.” — Deena

A skeptic’s take on Neuralink and other consumer neurotechDeena

How Disney’s ‘real’ lightsaber patent actually works: “Think tape measures — or slap bracelets, in reverse” — Adam K

The Muslims Who Inspired Spinoza, Locke and Defoe: “A novel written by a 12th-century Arab writer about a boy alone on an island influenced the Daniel Defoe classic ‘Robinson Crusoe.’” — Bilal

To become queen, these ants fight — then shrink their brains: “Female Indian jumping ants that lose their bids for the crown can regrow their brains — a feat that has never been seen before in insects.” — Sujude

Prolonged Isolation Can Lead to the Creation of New Accents: “Social distancing might not entirely change the way we talk, but a Mars expedition might do the trick.” — Adam K

Archeologists May Have Unearthed The ‘Lost Golden City’ Of EgyptDeena

New, reversible CRISPR method can control gene expression while leaving underlying DNA sequence unchangedSujude

Why Studies of Insect Vision Will Change Your Life: “See the future of self-driving cars and other marvels in the brains of flies.” — Deena

How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight: “It’s not just about putting on a fake mustache. Disguise is about changing the way you carry yourself.” — Adam K

Sky Rojo: “Coral, Wendy and Gina go on the run in search of freedom while being chased by Romeo, their pimp from Las Novias Club, and his henchmen, Moises and Christian.”— Friend of Lux Alan Ezzati

Promising Young Woman: “A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.” — Adam G

Twin Pines Mall became Lone Pine Mall after Marty changed the future in “Back to the Future” (1985). Is that an Easter Egg or a Thing in the Movie?Sam

Video filmed in Iceland during ongoing volcano eruptionAdam K

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