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2015-03-05 NASA Ames Reproduces the Building Blocks of Life in Laboratory
“NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces these essential ingredients of life.”
2015-03-05 Why racism is not backed by science
The persistent popular belief in human “races” has no support in genetics.
2015-03-04 Why does the media have a blindspot on food science?
“Recent claims about the safety of certain supermarket foods highlights the lack of awareness that the media has when it comes to food science.”
2015-03-04 What do doctors say to 'alternative therapists' when a patient dies?
An insightful article about the ravages of “alternative” “medicine”.
2015-02-26 Psychology Journal Bans Significance Testing
The war against p-values is heating up.
2015-02-23 Reference Tagger
“Take an arbitrary unstructured academic citation (e.g copy-pasted from a paper), and automatically parse and format it into a BibTeX record.” I need something like this.
2015-02-21 Alien star system buzzed the Sun
70,000 years ago a dwarf star passed through the Oort cloud.
2015-02-21 Visualizing Twitter Connections with D3 and ClojureScript
Case study for importing and using a javascript library. His example output is live: you can rearrange the graph with the mouse.
2015-02-21 A New Virus!
And another reason to fear ticks.
2015-02-13 Lazy Physics (and Clojure)
Processing time series data from particle physics experiments using Clojure’s lazy sequences.
2015-02-13 Interstellar's true black hole too confusing
The calculated appearance of the accretion disc was significantly altered for the movie.
2015-02-13 Linux for Astronomers: Distro Astro
“This distribution bundles together astronomy software to help users with tasks like running observatories or planetariums, doing professional research or outreach.”
2015-02-13 One Stupid Tweet
This story of sadism on the internet reminds me of how John Gruber whipped up an internet frenzy against an 80 year old man, leading to the vandalising of the victim’s house.
2015-02-05 Matplotlib Writeup in LWN
My article introducing matplotlib, the plotting library for Python, appeared today.
2015-02-03 Om Github Page
With useful lists of community resources.
2015-01-31 Have a scientific problem? Steal an answer from nature
My article in Ars Technica about biomimetics appeared today.
2015-01-27 Sal Polisi, Master Woodcarver at South Street Seaport Museum, Dies at 79
Thanks to the Times for taking notice. He sounds like a great guy.
2015-01-23 Dr. House’s Yelp Review
I thought he and his hospital were fictional. Who knew?
2015-01-16 Los Alamos Declassified
Physicist Jeremy Bernstein on the recently declassified photographs from the atomic bomb project.
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