About the 3-year-old cancer researcher:
Foldit is a video game about realistically-folding amino acids. When scientists had trouble figuring out how amino acids form into proteins, Foldit players actually had better results than the best computer simulations.
3 is probably a bit too young, but projects like this would be really useful.
I don’t know what they are like. Should I bring anything? It starts at noon, but how long does it last?
It says no man has the right to interrupt the happiness of another and talks about property rights, but also says “Whatever is inconsistent with the general peace & welfare of mankind is inconsistent with the laws of human nature and therefore wrong”.
What would Wollaston say about heroin dealers? Is it right or wrong to prevent them from dealing heroin?
woah, birth control is way more complicated than I thought. I started looking and it turns out I can’t just read a bunch of studies about each method and say what the side effect risks are. There are quite a lot of birth control methods and chemicals, each with tons of complicated chemical interactions, tons of complicated hormonal interactions, side effects, etc. Each article talks about lots of fancy biological terms like “venous thrombosis” that I have to keep looking up. I also don’t really have the medical knowledge to really put things in scale: for example, one medication treatment is said to raise a hormone level to a peak of something ng/mL, and I don’t know how much of a change that is.
Thanks for the help finding sources, everyone, but this bounty won’t be claimed until a doctor looks at it.
actually never mind. I don’t have a university or anything that gives access to journals, sci-hub doesn’t have a convenient search tool, and arxiv doesn’t have enough articles about this topic
I’d be interested, but you say that the payment “depending on the post, it might also end up (much) lower”. Also, I haven’t done any research into this before, and would have a lot of reading to do, and so someone else would probably do it first.
Have you already had volunteers, and could you elaborate on the payment?
Not really helpful for understanding the history of factory safety, but here’s a funny German workplace safety video, Forklift Driver Klaus: (note, you do not need to speak german)
That was extremely interesting and relevant, thanks!
Alex is correct about water. People can go weeks without food but only days without water, so if there’s a crisis water is the most important.
I’m not a general prepper, but if an earthquake breaks a bunch of water pipes or something it might take a few days to fix things.
Can you give an example of this happening in the real world? I don’t quite see what it applies to.
Decisions about covid policy have been mostly political, but vaccines weren’t political before that. Consider smallpox. Smallpox was all over the world and apparently unbeatable. It was described in China in 340. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln got it, and if they died history could have gone way differently. https://rootsofprogress.org/smallpox-and-vaccines. It was just a thing that sometimes happened to people, and nothing could be done about it. Suddenly, as soon as vaccines were applied to a region. Smallpox was completely eliminated there.
A similar thing happened with Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Rubella, Measles, Hib, Whooping Cough, Pneumococcal Disease, Mumps, Diptheria… They are almost gone, and the only people who get them now are in places that haven’t gotten consistent and almost complete vaccination.
In fact, there’s one that most people alive remember. Chicken pox used to be seen as an inevitable childhood disease, to the point that people used to throw “pox parties” to get it over with. but when the vaccine was invented in 1995 it rapidly decreased, and I don’t know anyone my age who has gotten it (born in 1996). It’s pretty much gone now.
Zvi isn’t trying to have “fairness in a political fight”, as if the sides were equal. The “vaccines are effective” side is totally crushing the “vaccines are bad” side. And plague doesn’t care about your politics.
I wrote about this from a retrospective perspective already. “If computer power is the only thing standing between us and the singularity then we will finally have enough computer power… a decade ago.” Humans have a slight advantage in compute architecture now, but I doubt that’s enough to overcome computers’ other advantages.
How would students police that, exactly? Could you elaborate?
Also, coordination was tried, like when I made a deal with a friend named Griffin to do a homework exchange, but parents shut that down because that’s considered plagiarism and “cheating is wrong”.