Flower Dinosaurs, Meat Allergies, and the Taxidermy World Championship: Lux Recommends #86

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #86, the newest edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (and want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


The Smartphone Psychiatrist: A smartphone can be both a diagnostic instrument and, through the links it gives us to others, a life-saving mode of connection and treatment. — Adam G

A Tick Bite Could Make You Allergic to Meat — and It’s Spreading: “As people encounter more ticks during the summer months, their chances for getting bitten by the allergy-carrying Lone Star tick increases.” — Zack

The rise of eSports: are addiction and corruption the price of its success? It’s a whole new world. — Adam G

Neural network predicts bond energies like a pro: “Neural networks can be used to make quantitative models of chemical concepts that are not possible with just quantum mechanics” — Josh

Parkinson’s May Begin in Gut Before Affecting the Brain: “The new study shows that a protein in nerve cells that becomes corrupted and then forms clumps in the brains of people with Parkinson’s can also be found in cells that line the small intestine.” — Bilal

Animated GIFs Reveal Differences Between Subway Maps and Their Actual Geography: “Recently, Reddit users have started to create animations that compare stylized subway maps with accurate geographical representations. Now, this transit-inspired trend has taken off, with several cities starring as its subjects.” — Sam

Robots dreaming of flowery dinosaurs: “Chris Rodley (who is also partially responsible for @MagicRealismBot) is using deep learning (aka artificial intelligence aka machine learning aka what do these things even mean anymore) to cross illustrations of dinosaurs with illustrations of flowers and 19th-century fruit engravings.” — Sam

The End of Car Ownership: “Ride sharing and self-driving vehicles will redefine our relationship with cars. Auto makers and startups are already gearing up for the change.” — Shahin

Susan Wojcicki Has Transformed YouTube — But She Isn’t Done Yet: Charting a path in the future of content. — Adam G

Why Phoenix’s Airplanes Can’t Take Off in Extreme Heat — Adam K


Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies: On and off the court, the hatred still exists — Adam G


#140: Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger at the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting 2017 (Part 1)Adam G

Episode 773 — Bruce Springsteen from WTF with Marc Maron Podcast in Podcasts. The Boss on life. — Adam G


Run, Octopus, Run! — Adam G

The Taxidermy World Championship Is About As Weird As You’d Expect — Adam K

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