Cyborgs, Genesis Probes, and Aquariums: Lux Recommends #46

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #46, the newest edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (and want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


How to Jump-Start Life Elsewhere in Our Galaxy: Fantastic discussion about “Genesis” probes and seeding life on exoplanets. — Sam

The Secret Lives of Cadavers: “A dead body can become a life-saving tool down the road.”— Adam G

Announcing the Exome Aggregation Consortium paper: “we pulled together DNA sequencing data from the largest collection of humans ever assembled — more than 60,000 people in total, from more than two dozen different disease projects, generously donated by researchers from around the world — to look at the distribution of genetic variation across the exome, and to make it publicly available for anyone to use.” — Adam G

The invention of the aquarium transformed the way humans think about the ocean: “It wasn’t long before naturalists and scientists came up with the idea of using aquariums to allow the public to similarly observe animals up close–in the process forever changing the way we think about marine life.” Fantastic article. See also a book mentioned in this article from 1850’s: The Aquarium: An Unveiling of the Wonders of the Deep SeaAdam K

Cyborgs are already here, but the next steps will make you nauseous: “What we are doing at Grindhouse is the Wright Brothers of biohacking.” — Adam G

How to stay happy when the sky is falling in: “Brexit, Zika, gun violence, the England football team: there’s been no shortage of bad news lately. Here’s how to look on the bright side” — Sam

Slow Dance — A Frame that Slows Down Time: Kickstarter project by MIT-trained Physicist, Roboticist and Artist and former host of Discovery show “Time Warp” that brings slow-motion to real life. — Zack


Play All: A Bingewatcher’s Notebook by Clive James: Clive James’s acerbic wit has always flown from high-brow to low-brow, from obscure cultural references forgotten or forever unknown by the masses to the epicenter of ennui-fighting mindless and mind-numbing TV. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few years ago and it seems, thankfully for us, the harder and faster he writes, the longer he staves off the reaper. I always ask people: what are you reading? What are you bringing on? His newest book answers both.— Josh


Meru: “Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.” — Zack

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: “A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.” A comedy. — Zavain


Stranger Things: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.” — Adam G


Watch Daredevil Couple Climb the Highest Construction Site in the World at Over 2,000 Feet — Adam G

Head-to-limb imaging of the nervous system — Zack

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of HardwareAdam G

Fire Inside a Tree From Lightning — Adam K

Online Toys

Cube Composer: Learn computational thinking, specifically how to think in terms of functional programming — Sam

Science Fun

Note: there is such a thing as a fog bow — a rainbow in fog.

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