June 2010

Links: iPhone 4, iOS 4, Google Docs, and Google Voice

by Kelle June 25, 2010

iPhone 4 review | Engadget um yeah, I must have this…especially since my 3G’s battery life is rapidly deteriorating. “…the iPhone 4 is the best smartphone on the market right now. The combination of gorgeous new hardware, that amazing display, upgraded cameras, and major improvements to the operating system make this an extremely formidable package.” […]

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Seminar Calendars

by Kelle June 23, 2010

Every department seems to do their seminar calendar in a slightly different way, but it looks like most places are still using an old-fashioned HTML table. While that works, it can be done so much better! With the HTML table, everybody needs to actually visit the webpage in order to get the information. In this […]

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Spread the Word about AstroBetter

by Kelle June 23, 2010

We’ve recently added a couple widgets to make spreading the word about AstroBetter easier. Become a Fan “Like” the AstroBetter Facebook Page. I’ve added a widget at the top of the right sidebar. As of 9am PT, 186 people like us…I’m sure there are more of you than that! Like At the end of each […]

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Code and text editors on MacOS X

by Tom June 21, 2010

One of the things we spend the most time doing as astronomers is writing text and/or code, whether to develop a pipeline to reduce/plot data, write papers/proposals, or write simulation codes. Choosing a good text editor is just as important as having a good chair to sit on, and can have a big impact on […]

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Links: New Mac Mini, Writing Tips, Proprietary Planets, and More.

by Kelle June 18, 2010

Mac mini Blows Away the Competition | Apple Hot News Scientific Writing Tips from a Science Journalist | nebulium on neith Kepler Withholds Data While NASA Struggles To Be Relevant | NASA Watch Ten tiny and amazing Mac apps you’ve never heard of | The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) 11 Creative Ways to Avoid Becoming […]

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MacPorts 101

by saurav June 16, 2010

While the Mac OS X provides us easy access to the much-beloved terminal, by itself, it is very limited. Apple does not support or maintain its Terminal or X11/XQuartz applications; it is rather supported by an independent group of developers (see XQuartz wiki). However, as the Mac OS X is built on X11, there is […]

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Interpolation and Integration in Python

by Jessica Lu June 14, 2010

Interpolation Interpolation is a used for many astronomical applications. Interpolation is required to combine sub-pixel dithered images or spectroscopy, sample grids of stellar evolution or stellar atmosphere models, calculate extinction from observed extinction curves, and many many more applications. The scipy.interpolate package in python has some nice built-in interpolation functions and I have gathered a […]

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Links: UKIRT Not Closing, Sleeping on Planes, Nature Boycott, and More.

by Kelle June 11, 2010

Stay of Execution Part II | The e-Astronomer “The general idea is that the TSS runs UKIRT from sea level, there are no visiting observers, and there is heavily reduced tech support.” How to sleep on a long haul flight | John Graham-Cumming UPDATED: University of California Considers Boycott Against Nature Journals | Science News […]

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Scientists: Bringing Home the Benjamins, part 2

by Jane June 9, 2010

Last week, we talked about personal finance for underpaid junior scientists.  We discussed how the astronomy career path dramatically under-pays junior astronomers during the first 10–12 years (graduate school + postdoc) of their career.  That they are often ineligible for retirement accounts during the grad school and postdoc years (or at least do not vest), […]

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America COMPETES Passes on a Two Strike Count

by Planck June 7, 2010

I was going to title this “Third Times the charm for America COMPETES Act” but that’s the title Science Insider used so I had to rename it.  From their story: By a vote of 262 to 150, legislators authorized $84 billion for research, education, and innovation programs over the next 5 years at the National […]

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