March 2012

Backup or Shut Up [Links]

by Kelle March 28, 2012

March 31 is World Backup Day. Just like chocolate on Valentine’s, this Hallmark holiday calls for a links roundup: The Bare Minimum: Do you have a backup plan? Nice overview from Profhacker of the popular online backup solutions. Thorough: Lifehacker’s 2011 backup day post lists the options for desktops, online services like Gmail, and iPhone [...]

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Collaborative LaTeX writing: a review of ScribTeX

by Jane March 26, 2012

I’ve recently been experimenting with different methods to collaboratively write papers and proposals. In this post, I’ll review the strengths and weaknesses of ScribTeX. The upshot is I love this powerful, easy-to-use tool, despite a few flaws, and encourage you to check it out. ScribTeX is like Google Docs, but for LaTeX documents. It’s an [...]

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How do you find out about new AstroBetter posts?

by Kelle March 23, 2012

I’d like to announce a new way to keep up with AstroBetter: email subscription. If you prefer to get an email straight to your inbox with the full content, there’s a Subscribe by Email link in the right sidebar. This feature has actually been live for quite awhile, but I never really told you about [...]

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Social Media for Scientists

by Jessica Lu March 21, 2012

Do you use Twitter or Facebook in a professional capacity? If not, here are some interesting articles on why you may want to start. Social Media for Scientists Part 1: It’s Our Job Social Media for Scientists Part 2: You Do Have Time. Social Media for Scientists Part 2.5: Breaking Stereotypes Social Media For Scientists [...]

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Research Blogs: Sharing results as they happen

by Kelle March 19, 2012

I’ve started something new in my research group (which is co-led by Emily Rice): we are blogging our science results as they happen. Individual plots and incremental progress and insights. A curated, collaborative lab notebook. I haven’t posted anything yet, but the students have: BDNYC Research Blog. This idea was inspired by Hogg’s Research, where [...]

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What’s our Greatest Weakness?

by Kelle March 14, 2012

I’m curious: What do ya’ll think is the bit of professional astronomy that most needs to be changed? Regardless of government funding levels, is there one thing that’s holding us back from being the best astronomers we can be more than others? What’s our greatest weakness? Is it the disconnect between course work (theory) and [...]

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Tutorial for embedding 3D interactive graphics into PDF

by Guest March 7, 2012

Josh Peek (@jegpeek) is a Hubble Fellow at Columbia University, specializing in the ISM in and around disk galaxies. He has a fascination with data presentation and design. As an astronomer studying the complex three-dimensional structures of the interstellar medium, I’ve been taken with the idea of presenting that information in a compelling and interactive [...]

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