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Scientific contribution via Mozak

I have been occasionally playing a game called Mozak. It is similar to Foldit in that it is a crowdsourced scientific research game, except this one is about reconstructing neurons by tracing their axons from three-dimensional scans. The goal is to help researchers better understand the structure of the brain at the cellular level. (In case anyone's curious, this is my game profile page here.)

I recently received an email from someone at the University of Washington's Center for Game Science, which runs the game. The following is an excerpt from that email:

I’m writing to let you know that one or more of the neurons you contributed to in Mozak will be featured in an upcoming scientific paper. Our partners at the Allen Institute for Brain Science wish to acknowledge Mozak players that participated in the following reconstructions:

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My thoughts on the new Strawberry Soylent flavor

A while ago, I wrote a blog post in which I reviewed the Soylent Cafe flavors when they first came out. And a while before that, I wrote another blog post where I reviewed the Soylent Cacao and Nectar flavors. So, today's post can be thought of as a "Part 3" of sorts.

I received an email from Soylent not too long ago which announced a new Strawberry flavor coming out. No mention of this new flavor has appeared on their blog as of this writing, because apparently I'm to be "one of the first to taste Soylent Strawberry". The email contained a promo code to get 50% off the first case when ordering a new subscription of it, and claimed it is supposed to taste just like strawberry milk. Curious, I decided to do so.

My order arrived today, just a couple days after I placed it, arriving via FedEx.

It seems interesting to me that this Soylent arrived in a larger, more rounded bottle shape, instead of the new-ish "sqround" bottles they wrote about in a blo…