But to Tibbetts and Licina, their project looks different. They wanted to push the boundaries of human capabilities, like many before them, but they wanted to also demystify the scientific process behind it. “We wanted to be able to do science without the restriction you get working in an academic setting,” Licina said. “If we don’t get it published, we’ll open-source-license it on the Internet,” Licina said. “This is really cool research that should be accessible to everybody.” They worked to make their nutritional protocol comprehensible, although not all of the test subjects were able to follow it; of the six experimenters who started the protocol, only three lasted more than two weeks, dropping out because other things mattered more to them, like socializing over meals. “As long as you follow the rules, anybody can do it,” Licina said. Although Backus said he wouldn’t do the experiment himself and would have serious ethical concerns bringing it to a college review board, “I can’t in good faith to tell someone who wants to do this not to do it,” he said, as long as the subjects are properly monitering their health and looking out for signs of vitamin A deficiency.