Zebrafish, Deep Work, and Time Travel: Lux Recommends #79

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #79, the newest edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (and want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


The tiny fish that has helped unlock the mysteries of human disease: ‘“Zebrafish is a wonderful system to study disease,” said Zon. “They’re essentially embryo factories. … [This] allows you to study as many genetic diseases as possible and do it very effectively.”’— Adam G

Physicists Just Came Up With a Mathematical Model for a Viable Time Machine: “It is a box which travels ‘forwards’ and then ‘backwards’ in time along a circular path through spacetime” — Adam K

More Intense Rains in U.S. Midwest Tied to Farm Mechanization: The law of unintended consequences. “Replacement of horses by machines since the 1940s allowed central U.S. farmers to change the crops they planted, which may have altered regional climate.” — Bilal

Researchers can manipulate 3D objects using just a webcam and this little cube: “Prototype 3D controller systems could be used for everything from medical diagnostics to gaming” — Sam

Separating Families at the Border — Consequences for Children’s Health and Well-Being: “But even setting aside broader issues of human rights and economic structural inequalities within our hemisphere, we maintain that harming children by separating them from their parents unnecessarily is unsound practice from the perspective of developmental and mental health science. Doing so simply to send a warning to other families is also immoral.”— Bilal

How the Original Star Wars Trilogy Fooled Everyone With Matte Paintings: Stunning artwork. — Sam

Swearing Makes You Stronger and Increases Stamina, Study Finds — Adam K

And Who said it, My SoulCycle instructor or an existential nihilist?— Zavain


Deep Work by Cal Newport and Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: These two books pair well together, with the former about thoughtful, creative output that is generated through distraction-free concentrated and sustained effort, and the latter about the necessity for rest as a method for creativity and productivity: the importance of taking walks and naps, morning routines, and much more. — Sam


System can 3-D print an entire building — Adam G

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