After months of roadblocks and waiting, the Soylent has finally arrived! We now have ~500lbs of base nutrient material being prepped into packages to be sent to the test subjects. As you remember, we have decided to use Soylent as our science chow due to the ability to order custom blends which completely remove a specific vitamin (in our case, the A1). The various materials are currently being tested for A1 by a second party and then will packaged and sent out.
Happy New Year!
We hope you had an excellent holiday season; we certainly had a productive one! To end our long period of radio silence, here’s what we’ve been up to:
Stimulator Units/ERG Units
Jeff has been pouring his heart, soul & sanity into home-fabricating our stimulator units in his spare time off work. He ran into some issues, including some bleedover into the visible spectrum by some of the LEDs we had originally planned to use, but he now has all four units working and will be shipping them out to us tomorrow, along with the ERG units. Hooray Jeff!
Dear Readers and Backers,
We apologize for the long wait between updates! Rest assured that we have continued working hard on the NIR vision project, and are as dedicated as ever to opening up whole new worlds of perception to the eyes of mankind.
For the past two weeks, Mr. Rob Rhinehart, developer and CEO of the Soylent nutritional replacement company, has been working hard at supplying us with a special VAD retinoid and carotene free formula of his concoction. Due to the batch system of production still firmly entrenched in the food processing industry, Rob has had difficulty gaining traction with the micronutrient supplier he sources the Soylent vitamin blend from—after all, why would anyone intentionally cut vitamin A, a nutrient essential to human life, out of their diet?
First of all, I’d like to apologize for the long wait between blog posts. Things have been a bit hectic for the SFM team, but that’s no excuse for leaving our readers & backers hanging.
In a previous post, we summarized some of the ways by which the human body obtains, transports, stores, and utilizes retinoids, collectively referred to as vitamin A. In this post, we’ll be discussing in more depth the ways retinol/retinal is used in human vision, and a means to metabolically hack this process using vitamin A2–the focus of our current research project.
The Human Visual System
The human physiology is an electrochemical machine of astounding complexity. There are many proteins, enzymes, and hormones at play in the human body about which only the vaguest of guesses as to their function can be made. A good start at understanding the human body, however, can be made by understanding what nutrients are required for survival, and what functions they play. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”, and no machine left long without maintenance will function at the peak of its capabilities.