New Musical Sounds, the Uniqueness of Names, and Skydiving off a Drone: Lux Recommends #81
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Google’s AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before: “Jesse Engel is playing an instrument that’s somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ — 18th-century classical crossed with 20th-century rhythm and blues. Then he drags a marker across his laptop screen. Suddenly, the instrument is somewhere else between a clavichord and a Hammond.” — Adam G
Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth: “The interaction between radio transmissions and high-energy particles in space sometimes forms a shield around the planet, protecting it from dangerous cosmic phenomena.” — Sam
ARM Wants to Put Its Chips Inside Your Brain: “Neural implants are all the rage in Silicon Valley. Now the well-known chip designer thinks its low-power processors could help make them a reality.” — Shahin
A Rare Journey Into the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a Super-Bunker That Can Survive Anything: “Shielded by 2,500 feet of granite, these people gather and analyze data from a global surveillance system, in an attempt to (among other, undisclosed things) warn the government’s highest officials of launches and missile threats to North America.” — Adam K
The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada: “Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.” — Adam K
All the Other Julie Becks and Me: “What a quest for my namesakes taught me about the meaning of names in the internet age.” Also pairs nicely with an article about the declining popularity of the name “Michael” in the United States. Features interviews with famous Michaels. Fantastic. — Sam
This is the most Instagrammed place in the world: “While a photo of the Eiffel Tower in Paris seems like one of the most ubiquitous shots on Instagram, Disneyland in California snagged the top spot this year” — Adam K
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