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I like what they're measuring, but it's a terrible study. It looked for effects of illicit ecstasy in people who purchased their own and consumed it.  The researchers didn't bother to confirm anyone actually took MDMA as opposed to any of the other stuff for sale in the UK as ecstasy. And there was no "blinding" so everyone knew when they were taking ecstasy and when they were not, which allows expectation to play a dominant role. 
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Poor science. No excuse!
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Soon it may be possible to manufacture morphine in yeast genetically modified to make it out of sugar.
A fermentation process that produces heroin’s raw ingredient has stirred debate over whether the drug trafficking trade could benefit more than the pharmaceutical industry.
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This is ridiculous. Dueber's work would be very hard to reproduce in scale without commercial fermentation facilities. Regular old cultivation is cheap and distributed, with the bulk of risk in the hands of distributors. I see no economic path here.
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The person who does qualiacomputing.com is asking people to fill out this questionnaire for different drugs in order to create a state-space model of drug experience.  Seems like a cool project.
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Also, I didn't complete the survey for #DMT  because I have only experienced DMT in the context of #ayahuasca  ceremonies.  The differences between smoked DMT and ayahuasca are so great that I didn't want to skew the survey results.   #findtheothers  
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The 23-year-old and his family have been harassed and arrested by NYPD officers—treatment they say is retaliation for Orta's documentation of their misconduct.
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Fascinating concept of moral injury as distinct from PTSD
Some combat veterans are returning with moral injuries.
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Silicon Valley's amorality problem arises from the blind faith many place in progress. The narrative of progress provides moral cover to the tech industry and lulls people into thinking they no lon...
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Good article 
 
Understanding the calculus of venture capital. 
This is a grim fairy tale about a mythical company and its mythical founder. While I concocted this story, I did so by drawing upon my sixteen years of experience as a venture capitalist, plus the fourteen years I spent before that as an entrepreneur.  I’m going to use some pretty simple math and some pretty basic terms to create a really awful situation in the hopes that entrepreneurs reading this might avoid doing the same in the real world. ...
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Just read this, and it's definitely spot on. So many of the horror stories you hear about "VC gone bad" ultimately come down to founders not fully understanding the more obscure terms in the agreements they sign. This is understandable to some extent, because they can get pretty complex. This is why you should never skimp on a good attorney, and it needs to be one who knows startups and M&A very well. They'll pay for themselves many times over.

It's tempting to blame VC's for using complex terms to snare unwitting founders. And while I'm sure that's true in a minority of cases, Roizen does a good job explaining the entirely legitimate reasons that these terms exist -- it's perfectly reasonable for firms to cover their downside risk if they can. Too many founders think of VC money as "free", and don't fully understand why they're raising money, and therefore how much they should raise. Raising too much money, no matter the valuation, can be a huge risk.
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I have a new paper out. Regrettably it is paywalled (I pushed to make it open access, but it wasn't in the budget)
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+Helios Alatza I share your pain -- I'm now at a private company and don't have direct access to most academic publications.  When google doesn't work, I try libgen.org and then http://reddit.com/r/Scholar 
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Powerful writing 
"I didn't say the perfectly natural comeback, which is of course, 'Why are we talking about what I could charge for sex when you have to rape people to have any?'"
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This paywalled paper from colleagues in my former lab is important for establishing that methamphetamine does not increased oxytocin in humans.  This strengthens the theory that MDMA is different from methamphetamine in emotional and social effects partly because MDMA releases oxytocin.   
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I want to see how the new Nbome group do. 
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Paper entitled "Hallucinogens Activate a Specific Population of Neurons in the Cortex" 
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Data Scientist, Neuroscientist, Psychopharmacologist, Citizen
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  • Hampton Creek
    Data Scientist, 2014 - present
    "Bringing healthier and affordable food to everyone, everywhere."
  • Martini Media
    Principal Data Scientist, 2013 - 2014
  • University of Chicago
    Postdoctoral fellow, 2013
  • Insight Data Science
    Fellow, 2012
  • California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
    Scientist, 2011
  • UCSF
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