Welcome to Lux Recommends #259, a longer-than-usual New Year’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
Well-Employed in Pandemic Times: Landscaping Goats: “The animals are hired to clear land because of their insatiable hunger for weeds. And they don’t have to honor lockdowns.” — Deena
COVID-19 virus enters the brain, research strongly suggests: “A new study shows how spike protein crosses the blood-brain barrier” — Deena
The Journalist and the Pharma Bro: “Why did Christie Smythe upend her life and stability for Martin Shkreli, one of the least-liked men in the world?” — friend of Lux Tom Kane
The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty: “A growing group of lawyers are uncovering, navigating, and fighting the automated systems that deny the poor housing, jobs, and basic services.” — Deena
Covid-19 Propelled Businesses Into the Future. Ready or Not: “Spurred by the pandemic, business changes that normally might have taken years unfolded in months. Now, shifts that began as temporary fixes are likely to become permanent.” — Peter
Do These A.I.-Created Fake People Look Real to You? — friend of Lux, Josh Caspi
Astronomers Get Their Wish, and a Cosmic Crisis Gets Worse: “We don’t know why the universe appears to be expanding faster than it should. New ultra-precise distance measurements have only intensified the problem.” — Deena
How mRNA went from a scientific backwater to a pandemic crusher: “For decades, Katalin Karikó’s work into mRNA therapeutics was overlooked by her colleagues. Now it’s at the heart of the two leading coronavirus vaccines” — Deena
How a New Doc Reclaims the Bee Gees’ Legacy: “Director and producer of How Can You Mend A Broken Heart discuss tackling the Australian trio’s saga and introducing their music to a whole new generation” — Adam K
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