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Stop torturing me, MIT!

Now this is just cruel: yesterday the Cambridge Science Festival kicked off – a week of science, sciart, sci-journalism and sci-education activities at MIT, Harvard, the Museum of Science, and surrounds. Am I going to be hanging out all day with my fellow-geeks in the sun (which finally came out a few days ago, right…

Recently, IP scholar and government corruption critic Larry Lessig gave a talk at CERN in which he talked about the mismatch between the goals of copyright and scientific publishing. I was excited to watch it, but . . . well, I fell asleep partway through. (It’s a long talk.) I haven’t been well lately (thus…

Surrender, don’t cull

From Linda Holmes, a poignant post about how the deluge of information makes it impossible to scratch the surface in a single lifetime: there are really only two responses if you want to feel like you’re well-read, or well-versed in music, or whatever the case may be: culling and surrender. Culling is the choosing you…

How do you get kids to master science, math, and engineering? Ask them to make a video game that teaches it to other kids. Check it out: One of these kids wrote a video game to teach himself his multiplication tables. Another calls his elementary school cousins his “user test group.” I clearly am way,…

Hack for Colbert! And education!

Calling all dataviz peeps: you know you want to meet Stephen Colbert. All you have to do is win DonorsChoose’s version of the Netflix Prize. It’s a contest called “Hacking Education”. DonorsChoose explains, “We’ve opened up [our] data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape…

While we’re on the bioanimation topic, I recently heard from Jess at Nervous System, who sent me links to some animations of their new jewelry line, hyphae, “growing” in virtual space. Check it out: Hyphae – growth of the Vessel Pendant from Nervous System on Vimeo. They explain, Hyphae is a collection of 3D printed…

Remember when I said more bio grad students should play with coding and modeling? Here’s an example of what I mean. Laurence Frabotta directed me to this animation by phylogeneticist/bioinformatics programmer Liam Revell, an assistant professor at U Mass Boston, who used the statistical package ‘R’ to write a short code generating all possible bifurcating…

In addition to all the obvious reasons, tech blogger Jillian York recently noted that some web filters use comments, and links in comments, to categorize sites as pornography. This means even a blogger who diligently refrains from any, er, PhysioProfisms, can be classed as offensive and filtered based on comments alone. York explains how recently…

Codeswarms

So lately I’ve been trying to understand open source licensing options for software code, which is hard, because I’m not a coder. (If I don’t understand an xkcd, it’s almost always because it’s some sort of Python joke.) Anyway, Michael Ogawa made some videos a few years back depicting the growth of various projects (Python,…

Remember the synthetic biology documentary I blogged about a while back? Well, the filmmakers are still working toward their goal. They have a little less than a month left, and I just noticed that they’ve seriously beefed up the rewards you can get for funding them. There are some interesting gifts from $10 up, but…