Welcome to Lux Recommends #183, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
A DIY approach to automating your lab: “Do-it-yourself projects give researchers the equipment they need at bargain prices. But making your own technology requires commitment and time, and it is rarely easy.” — Adam G
An Optical Illusion That Will Zigzag Your Brain— Friend of Lux Jacob Mnookin
Spelling Bee Quiz: Do You Know the Meanings of the Winning Words? — Friend of Lux Diane Bock
Range by David Epstein: “David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields — especially those that are complex and unpredictable — generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.” — Sam
Can This 10-Year-Old Save the Olympics? — Lux friend Chris Reilly
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