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About Me   Jan 9, 2009

Latest publications - All papers
• Distinct neural circuits control rhythm inhibition and flow reversal by the myogenic pharynx of C. elegans
   by Bhatla, Droste, Sando, Huang, Horvitz - 2015 - Current Biology - MIT News - CB Dispatch - PDF
• Light and hydrogen peroxide inhibit C. elegans feeding through gustatory receptor orthologs and pharyngeal neurons
   by Bhatla & Horvitz - 2015 - Neuron - MIT News - PDF

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Survival School
My Visual Deprivation Experiment
X -> Survival Food Experiment

Free Will
Consciousness as the Only True Emergence
An Argument for the Existence of the Soul
Countering a Primitivist Attack on the Soul

Medicine as Evolutionary Expansion

I Know You
Stool Sampler

Web trinkets
Exon-Intron Graphic Maker
C. elegans Interactive Neural Network
C. elegans Interactive Cell Lineage
What color is this spectrum?
Countdown Timer with Markers
Bacterial Chemotaxis Interactive Simulator
Attack of the Microscopic Vacuum Cleaners

Business ideas
Gift Cards, Post-Pay Style

Android apps
Brightness Rocker Lite - free
Brightness Rocker Pro - $1.99

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First Pics with Canon SD700
Jul 9, 2007, 4:02p - 26 photos

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Hearst Castle & Morro Bay
Jun 18, 2007, 8:25p - 15 photos

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Washington DC
May 10, 2007, 12:09p - 35 photos

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Philadelphia & Longwood Gardens
May 8, 2007, 11:54a - 16 photos

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Manhattan with the 'Rents
May 6, 2007, 11:45a - 8 photos

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Amit & Bianka's Wedding on Long Island
May 5, 2007, 9:56a - 133 photos

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Some news about my worm research
Sep 23, 2015, 7:57p - Science
I recently published my second first-author paper, rounding out the work of my time in grad school. MIT News wrote about it, and I was also interviewed by Lab Equipment about the research. Enjoy!
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Too close
Jun 28, 2015, 7:29a - Poetry
One lateral move
And I'm in it.
I can now get
From any emotion
To tears
in 5 seconds or less.

The sadness has come this close
That I can reach out
And dip my toe in it.

What started as an empty basin
Has rapidly swelled
From a distant puddle
To a pond the size of a lake

No ... more »

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Empty aging
May 29, 2015, 11:15p - Poetry
Time progresses
as we become
the victims
of empty aging.

We cannot help but spin
propelling the paint of our tears
centripetally out
not to wash but to change
the color of everything
we have seen before.

The photo that brought joy
now induces sorrow
as ignorance gives way.

Will I forever look back
at the promise of those years ... more »

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Freedom of a death sentence
May 24, 2015, 12:28p - Poetry
You are alone
With your sentence
Though you wish to not be
You dare not
Inflict your fate on others.
For in your loss of loneliness
Would lie an expansion of pain
Far too great
So alone is your fate alone.

"Damned if you do,
and damned if you don't"
You are cornered
But the corner
Is not a corner ... more »

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Mar 31, 2015, 2:49p - Life
You were there, at the station, before any of your friends. So you figured you had some time to kill. The storefronts were pretty boring, so you wandered away, distracting yourslef by looking for a distraction. By the time you got back to the station, all your friends were gone. The train had come, picked them up, and left without ... more »

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Photos on Flickr
Feb 8, 2015, 8:07p - Photos
I've started posting some photos on Flickr.

Ever since our trip to Europe last summer, I've really gotten back into photography. I used a Sony RX-100 on the trip, and while it took some great panoramas, I found it's highly-automatic nature irritating. Changing the aperture or shutter speed required irritating on-screen dials, and I yearned for a camera like ... more »

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Dec 31, 2014, 11:40p - Poetry
is the pain
of emotion.

Both persist
to effect
their removal.

They are then
as suicidal states,
their appearance
their very destruction.

But what
if relief
is not found.
Does the mind
recognize its masochism,
and terminate the interminable?
Or is it insulated
from the effects
of its motivating
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Dec 29, 2014, 9:22p - Poetry
We were
forced to take
the road
less traveled
into the darkness
and the rain.

I leaned
my head
against the pane;
as water
streaked, then
we cried
in unison.

without wetness
feels like
without blood.

The emptiness
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What the LendingClub IPO reveals about its business
Dec 4, 2014, 3:01p - Investing
LendingClub is planning an IPO soon, probably on or after December 10, 2014. In this post, I will discuss why I think the standard view of LendingClub as a peer-to-peer (P2P) finance service will become outdated. Specifically, I will show that a larger portion of LendingClub's loans are being funded not by other individuals but by institutional investors, such as ... more »

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Dec 1, 2014, 10:26a - Life
There are certain assumptions one tends to make in life. The assumption that you will someday have kids. Or the assumption that you won't have kids (right now, or ever). The assumption that you'll find a job. The assumption that you will die before your children do. The assumption that you'll find someone to share some (or the rest) of ... more »

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