The worldwide demand for data storage far outpaces our ability to store it. Researchers are turning to molecular storage, modeled on DNA, for a potential solution. “As an initial demonstration of feasibility, 400 kilobits of information in both text and image format were recorded and recovered with better than 99% accuracy at write speeds of 8 bits/s and read rates of 20 bits/s.” | learn more
From Our World in Data: “Global population has increased rapidly – particularly over the past 100 years. But this growth is temporary: we take a look at population growth over the past few centuries and what we can expect for the future, drawing on the latest UN Population Prospect projections. It maps the transition from rapid growth to a new equilibrium.” | learn more
FYI this is my favorite snack bar. “As their father lay dying, the 13 Keith siblings took his recipe for a snack no one could sell—a refrigerated protein bar—and created a $300 million startup.” | learn more
Today, I bring you two links that are best read in sequence. The question is whether we’re anywhere near being able to approach biology the way we approach engineering. The debaters are both exceptional: Vijay Pande, healthcare investor at a16z, and Derek Lowe, a chemist specializing in drug discovery research.Vijay Pande: How to Engineer BiologyDerek Lowe: Engineering Biology, For Real?As always, you should draw your own conclusions. Shoot me a note after reading if you want to chat about it.
“To resonate with others, we need to connect when it matters. This nurtures both us and others, and also earns trust. Just as in cooking, timing is everything.” | learn more
This might be a better campaign than the original one they had planned. “NYC’s transit agency … rejected Dame’s exciting new subway ad campaign, citing vague and sexist reasons. Their message: There’s plenty of space for erectile dysfunction drugs, but none for innovators making sex enjoyable for women. So we’re going to court to #DerailSexism!” | learn more
“On average, 16% of inpatient stays and 18% of emergency visits left a patient with at least one out-of-network charge, most of those came from doctors offering treatment at the hospital, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.” | learn more
“As some token sales start to slowly yield results, TaTaTu offers a prime example of a platform that used “blockchain” as a fundraising technique and then largely moved on.” | learn more