The Fine-Structure Constant, Protein Folding, and Redwoods: Lux Recommends #257
Welcome to Lux Recommends #257, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
Physicists Nail Down the ‘Magic Number’ That Shapes the Universe: “A team in Paris has made the most precise measurement yet of the fine-structure constant, killing hopes for a new force of nature.” — Sam
The researcher fighting to embed analysis of sex and gender into science: “Londa Schiebinger explains why studies that ignore these factors are flawed.” — Deena
The man who invented the Zamboni: “How the son of Italian immigrants created a niche industry for ice resurfacing machines and turned his family’s name into a noun.” — friend of Lux Mike Granoff
How Archaeologists Are Using Deep Learning to Dig Deeper: “Trawling ancient history with neural nets.” — Deena
World’s deepest diving pool opens in Poland — friend of Lux Josh Caspi
‘It will change everything’: DeepMind’s AI makes gigantic leap in solving protein structures: “Google’s deep-learning program for determining the 3D shapes of proteins stands to transform biology, say scientists.” — Deena
Autism study suggests connection between repetitive behaviors, gut problems: “Severity of GI symptoms, other autism symptoms also associated” — Adam G
Reboot contraceptives research — it has been stuck for decades: “There is a huge global market, and exciting tools are ready to help develop what women want.” — Deena
This Japanese Shop Is 1,020 Years Old. It Knows a Bit About Surviving Crises: “A mochi seller in Kyoto, and many of Japan’s other centuries-old businesses, have endured by putting tradition and stability over profit and growth.” — Bilal
AlphaGo: “AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Oxford, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind in London, and ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul.”— Sam
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