Supply Chains, Pluto, and Rare-Book Thieves: Lux Recommends #293

2 min readSep 3, 2021


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #293, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


Why Is the Supply Chain Still So Snarled? We Explain, With a Hot Tub: “Utah manufacturer Bullfrog Spas depends on a complicated network to bring materials from across continents and oceans. The pandemic put it out of whack.” — Deena

The miracle molecule that could treat brain injuries and boost your fading memory: “Discovered more than a decade ago, a remarkable compound shows promise in treating everything from Alzheimer’s to brain injuries — and it just might improve your cognitive abilities.” — Nelson

We’ll Never Have a Final Answer on Pluto: “The meaning of planet is complicated, and maybe that’s okay.” — Sam

Cracking the Case of London’s Elusive, Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves: “How detectives from Scotland Yard, Romania, Germany, and Italy nabbed the so-called Mission: Impossible gang, which pulled off a string of daring warehouse heists.” — friend of Lux Tom Kane

To solve space traffic woes, look to the high seas: “Ruth Stilwell, an expert in space and aviation policy, thinks the best way to protect spacecraft is to adopt lessons from maritime law.” — Cameron

Tyler Cowen is the best curator of talent in the world: “Tyler Cowen is an economist that has spotted top talent in fields ranging from biotech to literature, often years before insiders. How does he do it?” — Sam

100,000 Stars — friend of Lux Rahul Rana

Why William Gibson Is a Literary Genius: ‘Forty years after his breakout story, “Johnny Mnemonic,” the father of cyberpunk remains one of the best writers around’ — Sam

Circuit-level simulation of PongWill

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