Cyborg Dragonflies, Thunderstorm Time Lapses, and 4D Toys: Lux Recommends #84

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #84, the newest edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (and want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Articles

4D Toys: a box of four-dimensional toys: “Basically it turns out the rules of how objects bounce, slide, fall, spin and roll around can be generalized to any number of dimensions, and this toy lets you experience what that would look like.” — Sam

Secret Life of a Full-Time Cyborg: “The father of wearable computing has an ominous warning about where technology is taking us next” — Adam G

The Hypnotic Allure of Cinemagraphic Waves: “They rise, swell, or crest — but never truly break.” — Adam K

Draper’s Genetically Modified Cyborg DragonflEye Takes Flight: “DragonflEye consists of a living, slightly modified dragonfly that carries a small backpack of electronics. The backpack interfaces directly with the dragonfly’s nervous system to control it, and uses tiny solar panels to harvest enough energy to power itself without the need for batteries.” — Sam

How Google Took Over the Classroom: Google playing the long game…and winning— Adam G

The new cryptocurrency gold rush: digital tokens that raise millions in minutes: “The cryptocurrency world has gone mad for token offerings. These launches, popularly known as ICOs or initial coin offerings, have already raised more than $150 million this year”— Bilal

Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever: “This is the ‘moon landing’ of free soloing” — Adam G

Scientists Find Oldest Known Specimens of the Human Species: “Remains found in Morocco date from about 300,000 years ago, about 100,000 older than any other fossils of Homo sapiens” — Adam K

How the World’s Most Interesting Man Befriended the World’s Most Powerful Man: ‘“My god,” I thought. “How did I get here?”’— Adam G

800 Year Old “Extinct Big Squash” Revived With Ancient Seeds — Adam K

Books

The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel by Jo Nesbo: Norway’s favorite detective is back— Adam G

Films

Wonder Woman!

Videos

4K supercell thunderstorm time lapse — Sam

A Harvard A Cappella Group Serenade John Williams With A Medley Of His Most Famous Film Scores — Adam K

Podcasts

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders: “The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar (ETL) is a weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship, co-sponsored by BASES (a student entrepreneurship group), Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and the Department of Management Science and Engineering” — Shahin

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