April 2011

Wiki Restored!

by Jessica Lu April 28, 2011

The wiki and rumor mill have been restored after several performance enhancements. If you have issues with accessing the wiki, logging in, etc., please email us or comment below. Thanks for your patience!

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iTerm2: The successor to the terminal on OSX

by Eli April 27, 2011

In the Linux environment we have the terminal program that comes packed with loads of features. For example, if you were in /home/name/to/directory and created a tab, that new tab would be in the same directory. Most Linux users would say “so what?” OSX’s terminal does not have that capability and can be quite tedious […]

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Nature on PhD Overproduction

by Planck April 25, 2011
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The  journal Nature’s latest issue features The Future of the PhD as the provocative cover story. The Future of PhD special topic its own contents page, where you can see all of the articles in the series. Thankfully, few of these stories are behind the Nature paywall so they are all viewable online. They discuss […]

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Wiki Update

by Jessica Lu April 21, 2011

As many of you have noticed, the wiki (including the Rumor Mill) have been inaccessible. Unfortunately, this was a necessary step in order for us to troubleshoot some performance issues we are experiencing. We still have all the content and fully plan to bring back up the wiki as soon as possible. We understand that […]

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Privacy Issues with the iPhone/iPad and DropBox

by saurav April 20, 2011

There have been two recent developments exposing how false our sense of privacy is in this technological world. As all of us use the iPhone/iPad and/or the DropBox fairly regularly, this merits some discussion. 1) iPhone/iPad: Alasdair Allan & Pete Warden found that their iPhone has been tracking their location and the associated timestamp ever since […]

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IRSA takes over Spitzer archive

by Guest April 14, 2011

Luisa Rebull is a Research Scientist at the Spitzer Science Center at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech. She is the Archive Scientist for Spitzer, and has been working on the development of the Spitzer Heritage Achive. There are two important recent developments in the Spitzer world: (1) the handover to IRSA […]

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What are the best iphone apps for astronomers?

by Jane April 4, 2011

I got my first iphone yesterday and am playing catch-up.  Please laugh at me.  In the meantime, let’s compile a list of the best smartphone applications for astronomers, shall we? The AstroBetter Wiki has a stubby page on iphone apps for astronomers. What’s missing? Obviously astro-ph tools and APOD are missing — what else? Also, […]

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Wiki Upgrade and New Page on Stellar Evolution and Atmosphere Models

by Jessica Lu April 1, 2011

Wiki Upgrade Some of you may have noticed that the wiki appearance has changed. This is because we have upgraded the wiki to the latest and greatest version of TikiWiki (6.2). Some of the functionality, especially wiki editing, should be greatly improved. We are still in the process of importing all of our stylistic customizations […]

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