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1/ Yes, my answer to the poll by @nicknorwitz was "Gain 4% body fat". And honestly, it was a pretty easy one when compared to the others.

But to be fair, I also have quite a bit of direct data on this in particular... let's unpack...
2/ First, if you didn't already know this about me, in 2018 I literally gained almost 20lbs of fat for the Weight Gain Experiment.…

(As an aside, I realize now I did presentations on the findings for this experiment, but didn't do a write up. Bad Dave!)
3/ But spoiler alert -- my total and LDL cholesterol did indeed go down where having gained weight and back up where having lost it.

To be sure, I think there are thresholds to "active fat gain/loss" vs standing, stable fat mass, but we'll save that for another thread.
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Bonus #science opportunity for #SolarOrbiter, which will cross through the tails of #Comet ATLAS in the next few days. The mission's 4 in-situ instruments will be switched on and collecting data during the encounter 👍 #weareallsolarorbiters

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The commissioning of #SolarOrbiter has been proceeding over the past three months to ensure the spacecraft and instruments will be fully functional for the 1st close pass of the #Sun, to take place on 15 June, around 77 million km from our parent star.
Meanwhile, @einionyn noticed that #SolarOrbiter would pass through the ion tail of Comet ATLAS on 31 May-1 June + through the dust tail on 6 June. Fortuitously, the 4 in-situ instruments that measure the conditions around the spacecraft are also great for studying #comet tails! Image
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