Readings: Four papers, back from hiatus, etc.

Summer’s ending, or at least the kids-out-of-school part is, so this newsletter will get going again. Sorry about that — either the hiatus or the recommencement: your call — but things will recommence next week.

To give you a taste, here are a few papers I enjoyed reading this weekend . Next edition will go back back to the usual preamble followed by a few interesting papers.

Hope you had a great summer.


While a sheet of pluripotent stem cells engineered to become corneal cells hasn’t return this Japanese woman’s vision to normal, it has arrested decline. Only a month post-surgery, but this is fascinating and important work.

Fear-mongering about food has moved onto pet food, with expensive consequences. Pets,to a first approximate, are scavengers — this is how they survived and formed human attachments. Pretending otherwise is expensive silliness.

A seminal paper on tissue properties from a pioneer of biomedical engineering, YC Fung, who turned 100 this week. A lovely man, with whom I have had the good fortune of spending a little time.

Feedback from skin on the foot is highly specific to the region of the foot, turning feet and limbs into sensors, with important implications for walking and running.

A new algorithm seems able to extract tradable sentiment data from news feeds. While this is not new, most prior such models either found weak signals, no signal, or were so temporally unstable as to be worthless.