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PNAS: Neuroscience

Posted by Scott Holstad on December 17, 2021

I realize that I’m likely the only person looking at this page who will find this topic interesting because it seems to matter what the platform, as soon as I dive into either 1) neuroscience or 2) quantum gravity, etc., any conversation dies and people try to creep away unnoticed. And I get it, truly I do. It’s just not for everyone. It’s dry or hard or boring or Why?, etc. Well, yeah, for many people. But it’s also the stuff of life, so to say. Some things are dry and hard but I rarely let that stop me because the knowledge gained will be worth it. There! My tiny pep talk for the day!

So the National Academy of Sciences puts out generally high quality research on a regular basis. I got this last night, and on into the morning with tons of other email messages and some were really interesting looking, including this one from PNAS (Proceedings of the NAS). I couldn’t paste the email here so I took a screenshot and if anyone is interested, you can either look up the research yourself or ask me and I’ll locate it for you. The first one looks especially intriguing to me: “Cell-type–specific neuromodulation guides synaptic credit assignment in a spiking neural network” (Liu, et al…). In fact, for any interested parties (besides me), here’s the link to the original research.

I actually have a ton of other topics I’d like to post or write about, but my time is precious and limited, so I don’t know if or when I will get to any. Remember, it’s okay to Geek Out!

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Folding@Home – Joint The Fight Against COVID-19

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 8, 2020

Want to join the fight against COVID-19 & don’t know how cause you’re not a doctor, scientist, etc.? There’s a great way anyone can help. You can donate unused computing power from your computer to Folding@Home, a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, focusing on disease research including COVID-19. “The problems we’re solving require so many computer calculations & the FAH software allows you to share your unused computer power, so we can research more possible cures.” (Distributed computing is defined on their FAQ.) Anyone with a computer can join at no cost except pennies on utility bills. F@H is also interested in multicore, multi-GPU rigs, though any computer is fine. I have a custom designed & custom built PC with an 18-core/36-thread i9-9980XE & multiple NVIDIA GPUs. I started folding Tuesday AM & my first Work Unit was done in 4 minutes. Since then, I’ve added two more rigs to form “TeamScott” (Join Me!) & I plan to add more. In 2+ days, I’ve done 61 Work Units for 72,806 points, putting us at 44,675 out 252,943 teams! It feels great to contribute & it will for you too. Anyone can participate along with organisations like Cisco, AMD, CERN, Intel, NVIDIA, Microsoft, etc. Go here: https://foldingathome.org/. Their FAQ, which is pretty helpful, can be found here: https://bit.ly/3dqxemk. Hope to see you there!


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Some Hard Facts and Words about COVID-19, the U.S. Response and What Actual Reality Is and Will Be

Posted by Scott Holstad on April 23, 2020

This 3,000 word article was published on Medium yesterday. It contains a lot of information, statistics and cold realities most Americans haven’t been told and aren’t aware of. Recommended reading for those who feel frustrated by the denials, inconsistencies, lies and hypocrisy coming out of our federal government, among others. THIS LINK will take you to the article. Feel free to share and/or comment. Thanks.


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