Rooftop Meadows, Blade Runner, and the Internet Archive: Lux Recommends #205

Nov 8 · 2 min read

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #205, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


How a Rooftop Meadow of Bees and Butterflies Shows N.Y.C.’s Future: “A Greenpoint building is part of a push to combat climate change and make the city more welcoming to wildlife.” — Adam G

A robot hand taught itself to solve a Rubik’s Cube after creating its own training regime: “Researchers at OpenAI have developed a new method for transferring complex manipulation skills from simulated to physical environments.” — Adam K

Beyond vegan burgers: next-generation protein could come from air, methane, volcanic springsDeena

The Internet Archive Is Making Wikipedia More Reliable: “The operator of the Wayback Machine allows Wikipedia’s users to check citations from books as well as the web.” — Sam

How the Private Jet Became the Singular Fetish Object of the Modern Billionaire: “Private planes are the communal living space for the most rapacious, acquisitive people in the world. And the eternal question is: Whose is bigger?” — Lux friend Tom Kane

Blade Runner is set NOW: What November 2019 predictions did Harrison Ford movie get right?Adam K

And A Visual Timeline of AI Predictions in Sci-Fi — Lux Recommends reader Greg Greenberg


Supernova Era by Liu Cixin: “Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die.” — Sam

Television and Movies

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 2: “After tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan heads to South America to investigate. Jack’s actions threaten to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, leading him and his fellow operatives on a mission spanning the globe.” — Adam G

The Game Changers: “Meeting visionary scientists and top athletes, a UFC fighter embarks on a quest to find the optimal diet for human performance and health.” — Adam G


Morning commutes around the worldAdam K

Slow motion large explosionAdam K

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