Welcome to Lux Recommends #184, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
Venus is Earth’s evil twin — and space agencies can no longer resist its pull: “Once a water-rich Eden, the hellish planet could reveal how to find habitable worlds around distant stars.” — Sam
Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes: “Deep learning has a terrible carbon footprint.” — Sam
How to build something that lasts 10,000 years: “Alexander Rose and a team of engineers at The Long Now Foundation are building a clock in the Texan desert that will last for 10,000 years. He explains what he’s learnt about designing for extreme longevity.” — Sam
Hijack of CRISPR defences by selfish genes holds clinical promise: “Parasitic genetic elements called transposons carry CRISPR machinery that is normally used against them by bacterial cells. This paradox has now been explained, with implications for gene-therapy research.” — friend of Lux Uri Laserson
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky: “The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age — a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.” — Sam
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