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2015-05-08 Gnuplot 5: the Book
Now available for pre-order. Save over 60% and get preview chapters!
2015-05-08 Mosquito Magnet
I'm one. My son inherited it, but not my daughter. We can be outside with a group, and our skin and clothing will be decorated with a platoon of mosquitoes, who are not even bothering to land on anyone else. The link is a nice summary of twin research that makes the genetic component manifest.
2015-04-25 Plotting tools for networks, part II
Check out my article on TikZ and NetworkX in LWN. Learn how to draw network diagrams in LaTeX and analyze graphs with Python. If you like this content, please consider subscribing to LWN so they can afford to produce more of it!
2015-04-18 NASA weekend at the Arlington Planetarium
If you live in the DC area, it’s educational fun for the whole family.
2015-04-16 Plotting tools for networks, part I
Check out my article on Dia and Graphviz in LWN. The sequel, covering TikZ and NetworkX, will appear in a few days.
2015-04-07 Why do we have allergies?
Great article about the immune system and competing theories trying to explain allergies. Conveys a lot of science while telling interesting personal stories.
2015-04-05 A rare LHC tour
With plenty of behind-the-scenes pictures of the hardware.
2015-04-03 Another Skirmish in the Photography Copyright Wars
Insightful open letter from a photographer to the band “Garbage” explaining why they can’t have the product of his labors without compensation — and why it was rude to ask.
2015-04-03 America’s Academies for Jihad
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “A radical imam threatened me with death — and was later hired to preach in U.S. prisons.”
2015-03-27 Space Germs
Interesting history of the efforts to avoid both infecting, and becoming infected by, microbial life on other worlds.
2015-03-27 Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers
There are shady outfits that get papers published by arranging fake peer reviews. Sometimes they even write the paper.
2015-03-27 Rice chemistry manipulation
Rice can be rendered healthier by adding oil during cooking and cooling when done. This converts some of the digestible starch to a resistant starch.
2015-03-22 Planetarium Invaded and Occupied by Galactic Empire
It was a grueling ordeal at the Arlington Planetarium yesterday.
2015-03-18 Science Fiction Weekend at the Arlington Planetarium
MST3000, movies, SF quiz, SF authors — the place to be in Northern Virginia this weekend for science fiction fans.
2015-03-16 Lain, the Whom of the Verb World
Very useful article on the three most confusing verbs in the English language.
2015-03-16 An Open letter to Niqab-Supporting Western Media
Recommended reading. See also.
2015-03-12 AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them
It’s disturbing that what they’re charging not to do is actually legal.
2015-03-06 Sciencey Places for the Family in the DC Area
Check out p. 50 of the current (March, the “Kids Issue”) Northern Virginia Magazine for my guide to local spots to take your children, or yourself, for some science action. When one more trip to the Air & Space museum on the Mall just isn’t going to cut it.
2015-03-05 Guess the Religion
... and no cheating by using Google.
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.”
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