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Spread the Word about the Professional Development Workshops

by Kelle December 7, 2010

The professional development workshops at last year’s AAS were a great success: turn out was excellent and the participants left very happy with what they had learned. Based on last year’s success, we again organized workshops for this year in Seattle. Surprisingly, however, there’s still plenty of space available and we could really use your […]

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Professional Development Workshops at AAS 217 in Seattle

by Kelle October 29, 2010

In a continuing effort to expand the professional development offerings at the AAS Meetings, I have again put together some workshops and seminars at the upcoming Seattle Meeting in addition to the other workshops and special sessions. And this time, they are NSF sponsored! The three small, intensive workshops are on 1) Conveying Messages with […]

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Making RGB images from FITS files with python/matplotlib.

by Jessica Lu October 22, 2010

Converting astronomical data taken in multiple filters into representative-color RGB images often provides one of the most visually appealing (and informative) views of a target. This can be done in ds9 very easily; however, if you want a little more control, then python/matplotlib can be used in a very similar fashion. I also note that […]

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Veusz: A Python-Based Interactive Plotting Package

by Guest July 26, 2010

This is a guest post by Jeremy Sanders about the plotting package he’s developed. Jeremy is a postdoc working in the X-Ray Group at the Institute of Astronomy in the University of Cambridge in the UK. Veusz (pronounced “views”) is a python-based GUI plotting package that I (Jeremy Sanders) have developed. As an astronomer, I […]

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Manipulating and Viewing FITS Files in Python with pyds9

by Jessica Lu July 14, 2010

For anyone who uses python and ds9 to visualize their FITS files, I think pyds9 is now a must-have. It is officially written and developed through SAOImage ds9 so it will be supported for the long haul. Here are the primary links to get going: TARball for installation: Source Documentation for installation and use: Docs […]

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Links: Google is the New Sys Admin, Firefox Sync, Chart Makeovers, and More.

by Kelle June 4, 2010

Best Computer Diagnostic Tool: Google | Lifehacker Whenever anybody asks me to help them solve a computer problem, I always ask if they’ve Googled it yet…cause that’s just what I’m going to do. Firefox Sync to Incorporate Bookmark, Password, Preference, History, and Tab Sync Directly in Firefox | Lifehacker I’ve been using this add-on, previously […]

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Links: Two weeks worth of links covering pretty much everything

by Kelle April 30, 2010

Two weeks worth of links from both myself and Jane Rigby. Mac Apps and iPad XQuartz updated | MacResearch Is it really called X11 in 10.5 but XQuartz in 10.6? Either way, it’s updated to version 2.5. And while we’re on the topic, has anyone gotten their middle-click to work in 10.6? Cause I still […]

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3D Plotting in Python with matplotlib mplot3d

by Jessica Lu February 1, 2010

I recently needed to do some simple 3D plotting in python. The strongest choice as discussed on the web is Mayavi, which is part of the Enthought Python distribution. However, I have a previous python distribution already installed (via scisoft) with all of my favorite packages updated to the latest and greatest versions (e.g. matplotlib, […]

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Beautiful illustration of risk analysis

by Jane November 18, 2009

I’m always on the lookout for beautiful illustrations of scientific data.  This one weights the tremendous benefits of the vaccine for HPV (the virus that causes cervical cancer), against the tiny risk. This chart of flu death rates isn’t as pretty, but makes its point.  More at the CDC’s FluView.  Via the blog Science-Based Medicine.

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Hungry for Plots? Get some APLpy!

by Eli July 20, 2009

Today APLpy 0.9.3 is out! It is a Python plotting package made to generate publication-quality plots in multiple formats such as EPS, PDF, PS, PNG, and SVG. APLpy was created by Thomas Robitaille and Eli Bressert, who come from a Fortran and IDL background. With Python’s ease of use, portability, and programming they decided to […]

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