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Q&A: William Gibson discusses Spook Country and Interactive Fiction | WIRED
Like Pattern Recognition before it, William Gibson's eighth novel, Spook Country, feels like dictation from the zeitgeist.
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11 hours ago by jeffhammond
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is a tool for building Personal Science Experiments IN MINUTES
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Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? Italian Farm Acts as a Lab to Find Out - The New York Times
After a series of powerful earthquakes struck Italy last year, Martin Wikelski rushed here to test a hunch that has tantalized scientists and thinkers for millenniums: Can animals anticipate natural disasters?
science  technology  earthquakes  naturaldisasters  nytimes 
14 hours ago by brendanmcfadden
Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth
A pair of NASA space probes have detected an artificial bubble around Earth that forms when radio communications from the ground interact with high-energy radiation particles in space, the agency announced this week. The bubble forms a protective barrier around Earth, shielding the planet from potentially dangerous space weather, like solar flares and other ejections from the sun.
science  astrophysics 
15 hours ago by campylobacter
Welcome to the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering — Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Welcome to the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) is a research institute of the Department of…
science  medicine  biology  engineering  research  university  oxford 
16 hours ago by asaltydog
The Strange Secret History of Operation Goldfinger | The New Yorker
In the sixties, the U.S. government launched Operation Goldfinger, a secret project to look for gold in the oddest places, James Ledbetter writes.
fr  history  gold  usa  money  government  science 
18 hours ago by pankkake
The secrets of a top salary in science : Nature News & Comment
> For a young scientist in Europe working 12 hours a day in the lab, the lack of an association between apparent effort and financial reward might seem, rightly, a bit depressing. That could be why the allure of the United States for the brightest and the best remains so strong. (Although many of the well-paid over-40s would no doubt claim that they, too, put in more hours in their early days.) For officials and policy­makers, it shows that cultural and social differences remain strong between the Anglo-Saxon nations and continental Europe. For everyone else, it offers a little peek at how the other 20% live. And what they don’t do for free.
anglo_saxon  culture  science  money  US 
18 hours ago by porejide
Good enough practices in scientific computing
Computers are now essential in all branches of science, but most researchers are never taught the equivalent of basic lab skills for research computing. As a result, data can get lost, analyses can take much longer than necessary, and researchers are limited in how effectively they can work with software and data. Computing workflows need to follow the same practices as lab projects and notebooks, with organized data, documented steps, and the project structured for reproducibility, but researchers new to computing often don't know where to start. This paper presents a set of good computing practices that every researcher can adopt, regardless of their current level of computational skill. These practices, which encompass data management, programming, collaborating with colleagues, organizing projects, tracking work, and writing manuscripts, are drawn from a wide variety of published sources from our daily lives and from our work with volunteer organizations that have delivered workshops to over 11,000 people since 2010.

Citation: Wilson G, Bryan J, Cranston K, Kitzes J, Nederbragt L, Teal TK (2017) Good enough practices in scientific computing. PLoS Comput Biol 13(6): e1005510. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005510

Editor: Francis Ouellette, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, CANADA

Published: June 22, 2017

Copyright: © 2017 Wilson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Funding: The authors received no specific funding for this work.

Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
research  reproducibleresearch  science  bestpractice 
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