The Butterfly Forest, MetaHuman, and Pigs Playing Videogames: Lux Recommends #266

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #266, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record: “Our climate models could be missing something big.” — Sam

Saving the Butterfly Forest: “Environmental destruction and violence threaten one of the world’s most extraordinary insect migrations.” — Deena

The Rise of Molecular GluesAdam G

Dinosaur-Killing Impact Came From Edge Of Solar System, New Theory SuggestsDeena

Wanna See a Fighter Jet Fly Through a Rainbow? Of Course You DoAdam K

Epic’s new MetaHuman tool lets you craft realistic faces inside a browser: “The new software tool is powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine” — Josh

Stranded on deserted island, they lived on coconuts for 33 days, Coast Guard saysAdam K

Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation’s Grid Up to It? “GM’s decision this week to phase out gasoline vehicles is the latest in a major shift that will mean drastic new demands on electric utilities. Here are four things that will need to happen.” — Cameron

Scientists Taught Pigs to Play a Video Game: “Even pigs can be gamers.” — Deena

No Sleep ’till Gut BalanceAdam G

How Censorship Can Influence Artificial Intelligence: ‘A study finds that algorithms learn to associate words with other words. “Democracy” can equal “stability” — or “chaos.”’ — Deena

Demonstrating the impact of the NHS COVID-19 app: “Statistical analysis from researchers supporting the development of the NHS COVID-19 app” — Shaq

New Skin Patch Brings Us Closer to Wearable, All-In-One Health MonitorAdam G

The fast-spreading coronavirus variant is turning up in US sewers: “The toilet flushes of millions of people can track the rise of dangerous new strains of the covid-19 virus.” — Cameron

Microphones On NASA’s Rover Will Record Audible Sounds On MarsDeena

5% of humans in the blue, 5% in the red Adam K

Bill Gates: The 2021 60 Minutes interviewDeena

Impressive demonstration of how ocean sponges pump water Zack

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