Blog: Weekly digest (#17, 2019)
Since a long, long time I have been assembling frequent reads-and-vids e-mails containing my favourite articles, essays and reports on science, art, music, literature, business, artificial intelligence, and tech.
Some of them are peer-reviewed and published in scholarly journals, some are written for lay audiences.
Today I have come to a realisation that it is best to upload these lists here on Medium — after all, they are now all peer-reviewed by me — for the community, my friends, colleagues, and family members to enjoy.
Here is a hand-picked selection of my favourite publications for the 17th week of 2019:
- Deutsche Bank (DBK) and Commerzbank (CBK) will not be merging (BBC)
- Microsoft (MSFT) joins Apple (AAPL) and Amazon (AMZN) as a one-trillion-dollar corporation (Guardian)
Inspiring — business, biomedicine, improving lives
- A prototype of a smart glove shows promise for visually impaired people (Forbes)
- LEGO and New College Worcester collabrated on LEGO(R) Braille bricks to improve early education (BoredPanda; New College Worcester; YouTube)
Literature and art
- An operatic analysis of Beyoncé’s Homecoming tour (CNN)
- A stylometry analysis of Beowulf suggests it was written by a single author (MentalFloss; Nature Human Behaviour)
- Chords, volume, and vocals — a musical analysis of Medellín, Madonna’s new single (classicfm)
- What did William Shakespeare look like? (ArtUK)
Miscellaneous — life hacks and productivity
- How do I know if my tap water is safe? A 9-minute podcast by Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt (Scientific American)
- Workplace perks — how to increase productivity and job satisfaction (Wired)
STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics
- An investigation of 20,000 genomes provides new insights into how height may be inherited (Nature news article; preprint at bioRxiv)
- Artificial intelligence took into account a number of possible human lineages and suggested there is a yet-undiscovered ancestor of ours (Nature Communications; Smithsonian)
- A tribe in Bolivia has the lowest levels of coronary artery disease — but high infection rates (Lancet; CNN)
- Brain activity can be directly translated onto speech (Nature; Tech Crunch)
This study presents an incredible medical opportunity for patients with speech impairment due to prior accidents or neurological conditions
- Evolutionary twists and turns: while it was believed that half a billion years ago, during the Ediacaran and Cambrian transition, a sudden increase in flora and fauna occurred, new research implies there had been gradual diversification events (pulses) rather than one, single Cambrian explosion (Atlantic; Nature Ecology & Evolution)
- First textbook generated by artificial intelligence (AI) — Beta Writer to be precise — is published by Nature/Springer (full text in PDF; Goethe University Frankfurt press release; MentalFloss; Smithsonian; Springer)
- Marine fauna is twice as likely to change its habitat due to climate change than terrestial fauna (Mashable; Nature)
- NASA might have detected a fifteen-minute marsquake — an equivalent of an earthquake despite the apparent lack of tectonic plates on Mars (Atlantic; Gizmodo)
- Neurons responding to cold temperature may offer insight into pain relief drugs (Medical Xpress; PNAS)
- The climate impact of melting permafrost in the Arctic may cost $70tn (Nature Communications; CNN)
- Within the U.S. population, the sedentary lifestyle remained the same or increased in the recent decade (JAMA; The Verge)
Articles in languages other than English
- Why a place of peace is important at home (FAZ)
In case you missed it (early April news)
- Netflix released Our Planet, produced by experts involved in other BBC documentaries in collabration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and narrated by David Attenborough (official website contains many short clips and calls-for-action)
- Twins Study — a molecular-physiological investigation conducted by NASA revealed how our bodies change in space (Science; Verge)
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