This article will address 2 central questions from a scientific perspective:

1. What are the benefits of taking Creatine?
2. Are there any risks associated with taking Creatine?

Benefits

There are 3 main pathways that Creatine acts upon to support training:

ATP

Adenosine Triphosphate — notice the “Tri” in the name. When ATP is consumed during cellular respiration, one of the phosphate groups is broken off, creating the byproduct, Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP). Creatine donates a phosphate group to recycle ADP back to ATP.

Nutrient Support

Creatine also supports muscle production by making water and hormones available in higher concentrations.

Myostasin

Proteins can be used for…


In this article, we’ll cover:

  • Procedures vs abstract understanding
  • Apparent short-term progress vs short-term struggle w/ long-term benefit
  • Context-switching as a way of nudging out abstract understanding

The Problem

For many, the process of learning mathematics is not one of deep understanding but instead rote memorization of the procedures required to solve particular problems. This is because, in the short term, learning a procedure that functionally enables one to solve a problem is faster and easier than taking the time to acquire real understanding. To make matters worse, this type of learning is being incentivized in schools today.

A common lesson plan…


Recently, there has been a growing abundance of research showing the good effects of caffeine. Beyond the obvious effect of sensory arousal, enabling easier mornings and better focus, coffee also has various antioxidant and disease-preventing effects, such as reducing the incidence of cancer and diabetes. These are valuable perks for those of us who already enjoy drinking coffee on a daily basis.

In the weight-lifting community, too, many have noticed that having pre-workout caffeine increases performance. However, it leads one to ask, what are the long term effects of caffeine on a regular strength training program?

As someone who visits…


Fusion Futures: Imagining a world of energy abundance

There is a limited amount of petroleum in the world. Combustion of all of the gas that is left will not only alter the Earth’s atmosphere, but will leave us with relatively few viable alternatives to fill the energetic void left by fossil fuels.

This may lead us to ask the question: will we be able to support the population of the planet when that happens? Assuming the population will continue to increase, it seems unlikely that the current lifestyle we have become accustomed to will continue to be supportable. After all…


One of the most powerful aspects of Kotlin as a programming language is its extensibility. Kotlin is not your everyday programming language; it has the power to become so much more from where it began — fully extended with advanced, custom-built features and abilities. This extensibility can be taken to such an extent that it is even possible to build a sort of language within a language: namely, a Domain Specific Language, or DSL.

One of the key features that enables this is the flexibility of the Kotlin concept of a “receiver.” The receiver is basically the context of function…


Back when photography was an art…

What’s up, People!?

Today, we are going to look at what it takes to get a camera integrated using Android’s creatively named Camera2 API. Specifically, we are going to do the minimum to get a SurfaceView displaying a preview of our input source, and simultaneously set up an ImageReader to process individual frames from the same source.

As you know, when building something on the Android platform, there are a lot of unknowns to account for. There are so many different device types, and there is just no predicting what the services and hardware of that device will look like…

Tyler Walker

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