Techno-Optimism, CRISPR, and Excel as Esports: Lux Recommends #307

2 min readDec 17, 2021

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #307, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about.

Also, we will be retooling Lux Recommends in the new year. So this will be our last issue in 2021, but please stay tuned for a new and exciting Lux Recommends in 2022!


Techno-optimism for 2022: “What you should be excited about” — Sam

Single-cell metabolomics hits its stride: “An array of new techniques allow researchers to catalog the chemical contents of a single cell, or even a single organelle.” — Ankeeta

There’s no red in this image. Just your mind filling in the gaps. Zoom in to see for yourself Adam K

What Does It Mean for AI to Understand? “It’s simple enough for AI to seem to comprehend data, but devising a true test of a machine’s knowledge has proved difficult.” — Sam

CRISPR Pioneers Doudna and Banfield Introduce Microbiome Community EditingAnkeeta

NASA craft ‘touches’ sun for 1st time, dives into atmosphere (also check out this video)Adam K

In Editing RNA, Researchers See Endless Possibilities: “RNA editing has been in DNA editing’s shadow for nearly a decade, but recent investments in the technology could bring it into the limelight.” — Ankeeta

A Massive Phantom Jellyfish Was Discovered 3,200-Feet Below Sea Level: “It looks part dementor, part Studio Ghibli character.” — Adam G

Blind Woman Regains Eyesight at Israeli Hospital With Artificial Cornea Carved From Her Shin BoneAdam K


Financial Modeling World Cup — Excel as esports — friend of Lux Guy Perelmuter

How to Turn Your Macbook into a Touchscreen for $1Sam

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