Conference highlights from SciPy 2013

by Guest September 4, 2013

This is a guest post by Matthew Turk, an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. This summer saw the twelfth edition of the annual SciPy conference in Austin, Texas from June 24th to 29th. Python users will recognize the name of the SciPy package, which includes a core scientific toolkit, but the SciPy conference has a […]

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Visualizing Astronomical Data with Blender

by Guest August 5, 2013

This is a guest post by Brian R. Kent, an astronomer at NRAO. Astronomy is a visually stunning science.  From wide-field multi-wavelength images to high-resolution 3D simulations, astronomers produce many kinds of important visualizations.  Astronomical visualizations have the potential for generating aesthetically appealing images and videos, as well as providing scientists with the ability to […]


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Options for Saving in Python

by Jessica Lu July 29, 2013

Question:  What is the best way to store data that is easily readable and writable in Python? Answer: There isn’t a single correct answer as it will largely depend on how large your data set is, how fast you have to read/write it, and whether it needs to be readable by other applications or languages. […]


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Ureka! – A new easy-to-install IRAF + PyRAF distribution from STScI and Gemini

by Guest July 15, 2013

This is a guest post by Christine Slocum, a software engineer at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), on behalf of the Ureka team. Last month, STScI and Gemini announced the first public beta release of the Ureka binary installer for common astronomical software (primarily for the UV/Optical/IR community). The goals of the Ureka installer are […]


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Publish your computer code: it is good enough

by Kelle October 15, 2010

Publish your computer code: it is good enough | Nature NewsCompelling call for cultural change regarding releasing the scripts used to arrive at published results. What would be the best tool for us (astronomers) to use to for a code repository for static code? Ideally, the tool should allow the code to be tagged with […]


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Introducing Astro Computing Today, a New Blog on the Astro Block!

by Guest August 30, 2010

I’m Bruce Berriman, Senior Scientist, Project Manager, and Computer Scientist at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech. I have worked at IPAC since 2000 and am responsible for managing archive projects. Many of you may know me as the project lead for the Montage image mosaic engine. I have been managing scientific […]


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