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Reaching the Sun, the Wealth of Bezos, and Breaking Spaghetti: Lux Recommends #144

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #144, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (and want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Is Jeff Bezos Really the Richest of Them All? “The answer depends on exactly how you decide to calculate wealth” — Sam

It’s Easier to Leave the Solar System Than to Reach the Sun: “The center of the solar system is a tricky destination, but NASA is going.” — Sam

Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards: “The well-regarded science writer took up poker while researching a book. Now she’s on the professional circuit.” — Sam

MIT mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mystery: “It’s nearly impossible to break a dry spaghetti noodle into only two pieces. A new MIT study shows how and why it can be done.” — Sam

A world of boomtowns: “ We’re in the midst of a global megacity boom, and nowhere are cities growing faster than in sub-Saharan Africa, where the number of citydwellers will triple by 2050 to 1.3 billion.” — Sam

This company embeds microchips in its employees, and they love it: “Last August, 50 employees at Three Square Market got RFID chips in their hands. Now 80 have them.” — Adam G

The Strange Infinities of e-Commerce: “When it costs as much to retail 200,000 things as one thing, the world gets a little odd.” — Sam

Should we consider delaying full-time work until 40?Sam

And 35,000 Walrus Come Ashore in Northwest Alaska Adam K

Moonlight (Clair de Lune)Sam

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