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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #234

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September 19 · Issue #234 · View online
P.S. You Should Know...
👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7am CST, and definitely the best one published by me. Now in its fifth year!

my story 🚀
My kids with their soviet smiles. Nailed it!
My kids with their soviet smiles. Nailed it!
  1. NFTs and their value as art. It’s hard to untangle the value of NFTs. Many of them are indeed art, but they’re wrapped in speculative value for their affiliation with cryptocurrency and blockchain. Have you collected any NFTs for their artistic, rather than speculative, value? I’d like to hear from you! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, take a look at the recently sold NFTs on OpenSea.
fun facts 🙌
Women’s pockets are inferior. “There are few things more frustrating than collecting your belongings only to realize that the pockets in your pants are too small to hold them. Or worse, the fabric designed to look like a pocket is merely for decoration and doesn’t open at all. … We measured the pockets in both men’s and women’s pants in 20 of the US’ most popular blue jeans brands. Take a look at what we found.” | learn more
Tyler Cowen is the best curator of talent in the world. He runs a little-known grant program called Emergent Ventures. In just one field: “Tyler has identified talent either earlier than or missed by top undergraduate programs, the best biotech startups, and the best biotech investors, all without any insider knowledge of biotech.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever. “The new company, incorporated in the US and in the UK earlier this year, will establish several institutes in places including the Bay Area, San Diego, Cambridge, UK and Japan, and is recruiting a large cadre of university scientists with lavish salaries and the promise that they can pursue unfettered blue-sky research on how cells age and how to reverse that process.” | learn more
America’s aerospace industry is regenerating. “Traditional aerospace companies have a hoard of capital and talent, providing poor returns to customers. Startups are siphoning the best talent and raising money.” | learn more (Hosted on IPFS – give it a minute to load)
to your health ⚕
The new science on how we burn calories. “Last month, however, a paper published in Science by Pontzer and more than 80 co-authors revealed that much of what we thought we knew about metabolism was wrong. Using previously collected data from more than 6,400 subjects who ranged in age from 8 days to 95 years, and adjusting for body size and the amount of fat and muscle present, they found that our metabolism generally goes through four distinct life phases.” | learn more
Meal sequencing: food order and blood sugar control. “Have you ever heard of the saying "eat your salad first?” The strategy of meal sequencing or eating specific foods in a particular order has been around for years. This tool is very popular in the diabetic world. However, if you are not diabetic does it really matter what order you eat your food in?“ | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Casper cuts its CMO, CTO and COO amid further layoffs. Retail is a tough business as competition is always just around the corner. There’s not a ton of strategic or market detail in this article. Instead, there’s entertaining and unfounded speculation from a “founder in the direct-to-consumer space” that Apple’s iOS 14.5 update is the root cause of this layoff. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Can progressives be convinced that genetics matters? “Harden understands herself to be waging a two-front campaign. On her left are those inclined to insist that genes don’t really matter; on her right are those who suspect that genes are, in fact, the only things that matter. The history of behavior genetics is the story of each generation’s attempt to chart a middle course.” | learn more
New details on silicon, subatomic particles and possible ‘fifth force’. “By aiming subatomic particles known as neutrons at silicon crystals and monitoring the outcome with exquisite sensitivity, the NIST scientists were able to obtain three extraordinary results…” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Farewell San Francisco sourdough? “San Francisco sour­dough was so special that when the domi­nant lactic acid bac­terium present in its star­ters was iden­tified, it was named Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis (re­cently re-named Fructilactobacillus sanfranciscensis).” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
If you’d bought bitcoin 10 years ago, you wouldn’t be rich today. An interesting take on how things might have played out. “You would never have become a bitcoin millionaire, so stop regretting it.” | learn more
Jump Trading no longer wants to be secretive. “Jump Trading was once called one of Wall Street’s most secretive high-speed trading firms. But now, Jump is going fully public with its crypto operation and wants the community to know it is keen on being a vocal and transparent contributor to the space.” Also, yay Chicago! | learn more
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