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“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” - Rich Feynman

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The IzzyOnDroid repo for FDroid has Proton Mail. Plus contacts are accessible in the Mail app. But 100% agree with calendar and drive!

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Viruses have always been both quite simple and intricate. Recent advances in lab tech has allowed for a more detailed understanding to be possible that wasn't feasible before. Viruses have evolved to only posses the absolute basics as they mainly utilize the host's machinery. Each virus family is more related to it's host than to any other virus family. Meaning they all have a unique approach for infection and replication. This being the case, I find all research into viruses to be relevant as there's still so much to learn.

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Mines a toss up between microbiology and immunology, but I also totally get your favorite as it's the basis for all sciences!

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In the big picture, it's due to the microscopic world having massive implications across life. I've also lost friends and family to autoimmune disorders and cancer, so my long term goal is to improve our understanding in the field. Immunology is super fascinating, but there's more we don't know than we know about the immune system. We don't even understand how fever works or Tylenol from start to finish for example!

What makes you stoked about physics?

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Qubes OS is Snowdens daily driver, Fedora SecureBlue is also designed with security and privacy in mind.

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Fedora SecureBlue is hardened Fedora, and Fedora is also the base layer for Qubes as it's all in all quite secure and private with some setting changes. I don't know, but Qubes is top tier in my book. Tails OS could be another option if you're that big on privacy and security though.

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Proton drive gives you 1GB for free and you can share files using a link. They can view and download the files with the link, plus you can set it to expire and password protect it. You'd have to start deleting older files to share new ones, but 200GB is quite cheap if need be.

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Best bet will be to purchase Monero (XMR) anonymously, it's literally designed to be anonymous, then swap it into BTC. You'll then want a hard wallet to keep it secure until you have a reason to transfer it. Ledger is a decent option for a hard wallet, just be sure it's paid for in the XMR you bought anonymously or the BTC you swapped for XMR. NanoS is my recommendation for the specific wallet, but the tricky part will be getting it shipped to you anonymously as you CAN'T trust a used hard wallet.

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The influencing aspect here is almost certainly tied into the drop of search engine efficacy recently. Big tech finally collected enough data from you and everyone you know to now be able to alter what answer you find for the question you asked. Wildly, this same question now generates different results depending on the profile they've assigned you. MullVads Total Surveillance paper published last October highlights this explicitly. This is why data collection matters, not due to ads, but the ability of Big Tech to change how you view the world. Your data impacts the search results you see, as well as everyone similar to you...

Edit: Here's the link to the MullVad paper https://mullvad.net/pdfs/Total_surveillance.pdf

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Be sure to switch as soon as Fossify releases their fork of it, Simple Mobile sold out HARD! Thankfully the 2nd in command at Simple Mobile created Fossify and is releasing all the apps to keep everything open sourced.

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This product is made by bacteria though, truly they just get a safe place to live and all the nutrients they want, which sounds pretty sweet! However, every time humans take a dump after drinking a cup of coffee, bacteria are excreted from the microbiota, which results in most of the bacteria dying. That's unless they can withstand the aerobic environment, UV radiation, nutrient scarcity, adverse temperatures, as well as desiccation. So, while this new leather alt product allows bacteria to thrive, your morning duce is where bacteria are murdered regularly regardless of your diet!

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I'm a microbiologist and immunologist with a love for helping others understand the microscopic world around them. The portion of the research paper quoted below highlights why big business should be quite interested, as they can increase their profits. This is because not only can it be grown from "waste" products, but it's also super resilient. The biofilms it's evolved to mimic can only be treated via excision when they form in the human body today. But there are current studies going on right now using gold coated in a specific sugar which biofilms have an affinity for, and then a laser is used to excite the gold particle resulting in heat and movement, ultimately destroying the biofilm 🤯.

"In carbon-rich media, these bacteria polymerize and secrete linear chains of glucose. These chains then self-assemble into a dense interconnected mesh of cellulose fibers. This cellulose mesh, called a pellicle, floats at the air–water interface and envelops and protects the growing cells, like a biofilm. Key to the industrial interest in bacterial cellulose (BC), it can be grown quickly, cheaply and sustainably—a BC pellicle can be grown in 7–14 days, in high yields (>10 g/L) and from waste feedstocks, such as rotten fruit juice, glycerol, and molasses. Additionally, BC has advanced material properties such as high tensile strength, high water-holding capacity and high purity. These features have led to interest in using BC in high-end acoustic devices, as a battery separator membrane, and in wound healing. The ease of growing BC has also led to BC becoming an attractive prototype biomaterial for some in design and fashion who seek to speculate on methods of sustainable textile production...We decided to engineer the biosynthesis of the dark melanin pigment, eumelanin, into K. rhaeticus [a specific bacterial species]. Eumelanin, a ubiquitous pigment found across biological kingdoms, is stable in high heat and over long time spans. Crucially, eumelanin has low water solubility, a property shared by many common dyes, such as indigo, that contributes to the color fastness of a pigment. Additionally, eumelanin also offers several other interesting properties, such as electrical conductivity, broadband light, and UV absorption and protection from ionizing radiation."

Edit: Here's a link to the paper if you're curious as well https://link.springer.com/article/10.1038/s41587-024-02194-3

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