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Tinkering with the Biosphere (The World of DIY Biohacking)

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By: Gareth Branwyn You’re likely already familiar with the idea of the hackerspace, local do-it-yourself (and do-it-with-others) “clubs” that have sprung up in many places around the world. But did you know that there are such spaces exclusively dedicated to citizen science and biotechnology hacking? We thought it would be fun to look at a few of these exciting citizen science labs and some of the more promising projects that they’re incubating.   BioCurious (biocurious.org) — One of the first such biology-focused hackerspaces is Sunnyvale California’s BioCurious. One of the first big projects developed by founding members of the space
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Chaos Addiction

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We haven’t been able to write much lately, so we’ve been putting together some contributions from our friends that we think will be interesting to our readers. We receive a lot of emails about advice regarding substance abuse and addiction and hope to help people develop better habits, choose healthy supplements to get back on track, and to help repair damage to neurons. This article comes to us from Laura Barker and we hope that some of our readers will find it useful. It’s not about Nootropics per-se, but we hope that it’ll be of interest to our readers. The Link
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Hyperion Strength Guest Post – Vitamin D

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Vitamin D3 Deficiency and Cognitive Health This is a guest post from Mansal Denton, the founder of Hyperion Strength, which is a platform to optimize mental and physical performance. When he isn’t obsessing over creatine, you can find him doing Acro yoga or exploring consciousness. Despite the importance, more people are deficient in vitamin D than any other nutrient (magnesium is a close second). The rich world rarely has to worry about vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but geography and diet often spell disaster. If you are not living near the equator (between the 37th parallels), spending 20 – 30 minutes outside per day, or eating copious quantities of dairy, eggs, and fish, you
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Phenylpiracetam Review- 4 Experience Reports

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Phenylpiracetam is easily the most stimulating of the piracetam derivatives. Numerous reports across various nootropic forums attest to phenlypiracetam’s ability to enhance motivation, drive, focus and energy levels.   Structurally, the modification is similar to a phenylethlamine (PEA) molecule being added on. PEA is a well documented stimulant that increases dopamine and adrenaline release. Common sense would classify this compound as more of  a stimulant, rather than everyday “true” nootropic, as there’s well noted tolerance with even moderate term use.  As such, my experience report listing was not a straight 1 or 2 week run as I’ve done before with CILTEP. Instead, below
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Semax Profile Added!

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Semax is one of those little-known nootropics, that really deserves more attention. Developed in Russia in the 1980s, Semax is a peptide nootropic (lke Selank) which can enhance cognitive function, support mood and promote NGF release. There’s a number of benefits and potential mechanisms of action listed in the article.  Read about Semax here.

3 Calmative Stacks For Focus, Relaxation and Sleep

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It’s impossible to get much done with an anxious state of mind. Below are three stacks designed to quell anxiety and keep you calm and relaxed. Of the three stacks, the initial first stack is nutrient based and non habit forming, designed to be taken every day. The second stack, bar selank, is also non habit forming, but designed for a more cognitive enhancing edge rather than just a calm state of mind. The third stack is the most potent by far and is only to be used sporadically as tolerance will develop with frequent enough use. Stack #1 –
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Glycine Writeup Complete

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The humble little amino acid glycine has finally got it’s own profile. With benefits geared towards sleep, glycine would appear to be safe, non habit forming and inexpensive. Glycine is certainly worth looking into for those looking to enhance/optimise/hack their sleep with nootropics.  The entire profile has the 3 sleep studies conducted with glycine, in each of them glycine was found to be beneficial. Check out the glycine nootropic profile for detailed information.

Exploring the Braverman Assessment – What does it tell us about neurotransmitter dominance and deficiency?

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This excellent guest post was submitted by our friends at  The Trading Edge . Please check them out if you’re interested in seeing how investing, trading, and nootropics interrelate. Why do you use nootropics? Let me start with a basic question, “Why do you supplement with nootropics?”. Are you using nootropics to alleviate a cognitive disorder? Are you a student using nootropics to improve your studies and best your classmates? Are you a corporate warrior trying to get more done and to keep one step ahead of the competition? Are you an elderly person who supplements to ward off the
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Big Omega 3 Writeup Added To The DB

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We’ve needed an Omega 3 profile for far too long. It’s always been pushed aside as there’s so much to write about! We’ve covered the basics and some of the less basic. In short – optimizing your omega 3 intake is a must. We’ve got information on dosage, ratios (of omega 3 to 6), a ton of studies relevant to healthy people and a fair deal of information on the mechanisms of action. In short, supplement omega 3 or eat some oily fish. Find out why at our omega 3 profile page.