Biosphere 2, the Early Internet, and the Worst Disease: Lux Recommends #175

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Apr 5 · 2 min read

Welcome to Lux Recommends #175, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Articles

: “Researchers calculated that, from infancy to young adulthood, learners absorb approximately 12.5 million bits of information about language — about two bits per minute — to fully acquire linguistic knowledge. If converted into binary code, the data would fill a 1.5 MB floppy disk, the study found.” — Zavain

: “The hummingbirds were dying. Cockroaches were everywhere. And then Steve Bannon showed up.” — Sam

: “A doomsday fungus known as Bd has condemned more species to extinction than any other pathogen.” — Adam K

: “It took nearly five years into the internet’s life before anyone made a concerted effort to archive it. Much of our earliest online activity has disappeared.” — Sam

: “They shared a placenta, but on the ultrasound, one looked like a boy, and the other a girl.” — Zack

: “Bauhaus meets binary” — Sam

Adam K

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Movies

: “After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.” — Adam K

Television

: “A look at the world’s harshest landscapes and the animals that have adapted to live there.” — Adam K

Videos

How much force to pop a tennis ballAdam K

Mindbending video: “They’re all moving in a straight line” Bilal

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