2015-05-08 Gnuplot 5: the Book
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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.
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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 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 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.
2015-03-06 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 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.”