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new hypothesis claims to solve 5 of the biggest problems in physics
Physicists have come up with a new model that they say solves five of the biggest unanswered questions in modern physics, explaining the weirdness of dark matter, neutrino oscillations, baryogenesis, cosmic inflation, and the strong CP problem all at once.
Unifying inflation with the axion, dark matter, baryogenesis and the seesaw mechanism
We add to the SM three right-handed SM-singlet... (read more)
I've posted a bibliography of recent genetics links: http://www.gwern.net/Mistakes#genetics-links Good for getting up to speed on GWASes and everything that's been going on for the past decade.
My new map about asteroids and impact risks is up! This map is part of the “Map of Natural Risks ” which is in turn part of the map “Typology of Global Risks.”
TL;DR: Observation is the best instrument in asteroid risk reduction, and large nuclear anti-asteroid defense could be more of a threat to Earth and be of negative value; but the main uncertainty is whether we live in a period of intense bombardment because of recent large comet break-up.
The full text of explanation is here: http://effective-altruism.com/ea/136/the_map_of_impact_risks_and_asteroid_d... (read more)
I am working on the map of asteroid risk and defence. If you want to look into the draft, and provide interesting feedback, please PM me, and I will send the pdf.
Am I crazy for thinking that Fahrenheit is a way more user-friendly system than Celsius when it comes to everyday life? 0 (very cold) to 100 (very hot) is superior to -20 (very cold) to 40 (very hot) both in having more granularity with its whole numbers and being a nice round range to deal with. Also, "Below 0" sounds way cooler (pun intended) than "Below -20."
Whenever I bring this up to any friends of mine, their immediate counterargument is "But almost every single other country in the world uses Celsius!", which obviously ... (read more)
This podcast from Tim Ferris is incredibly informative and interesting. He brings on some of the world's foremost experts in metabolism and life extension and discusses the latest in real science about Metformin and Rapamycin. This podcasts does a spectacular job in updating my layperson understanding of these two drugs.
There is a lot of super interesting topics they touch on, I haven't finished the podcast yet but heres a sampling:
Something I meant to ask weeks ago: Are there any reliable nootropics for reducing the need for sleep? (not just making you sleep less, but actively making you not need as much)
New, open source, plastic re-cycle eqpt for home use. Plans, specs, etc.
Can make spools for 3D, or moldable pieces. didn't see if they had an injection molding machine. ( i can't see vids)
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Some early rapamycin anti-aging results from the dog people: improvement in dog heart health after 10 weeks of use.
I'm surprised by the lack of people experimenting with rapamycin and reporting on it from the internet; it seems like you can order in bulk cheaply.
It also seems to work in a way similar to Caloric restriction; this further updates my current belief that CR works for life extension.
I have a hypothesis that System 1 and System 2 as we call it, can merge - maybe into System 3.
System 3 is a non-dual state of consciousness, in the present "flow". Intelligence is increased significantly, rationality and critical thinking.
You can induce System 3 state permanently by four simple steps. The exercise start with for example building trust with X emotionally. Recognizing that X has brought forth all of our reality, that X is necessary for us to even be able to question X itself. That we are X. That X has lead to all of our technology... (read more)