I always enjoy High Country News (HCN) but for some reason I found the May 14, 2018 issue especially good. Probably I’m a bit biased – a great shout out to the Bathtub Row Brewery here in Los Alamos (Get thee to a brewery article, with special focus on co-op breweries), the look at Zozobra’s complicated culture, history, and celebration of remembering and freeing oneself from the past (Entrada complicada), and Ethan Linck’s great essay “Your stoke won’t save us” – a great issue as always, but I found it especially thought provoking. (Maybe it was also better because I read it while camping at the Great Sand Dunes National Park!)
Funny and timely typographic nerd headlines and xkcd.. I love it!
Gaia ESA data trove released – 1.3 billion stars! I’m really intrigued by this data release. I’d love to carve a little time to see about digging into it.
Robotic weather balloon launchers in AK – Some tensions related to automated atmospheric profiling by robotic weather balloon launchers. Cool technology, but workforce and expertise impacts.
A few interesting quantum entanglement articles.
(Note: I decided to start my personal weekly highlights from Science Magazine – simply to add a bit of discipline on trying to keep up with the important news vs the political noise (see the Long Now’s Pace Layer thinking blog). I also am partly experimenting with evolving my relationship with social media – so this feeds to twitter automatically. I value the networking aspect of social media, but not the noise and intrusiveness – in part this is an experiment in trying to find the balance for myself. Feel free to play along!)
(p.s. This is the time for biology, and while I love all the beautiful molecular diagrams – definitely art! – I’m a physicist, so almost every week there is a bit too much bio for my tastes – my bias will show, I’m sure, so I might as well acknowledge it! And then, if I highlight a bio item, it must really be broadly interesting.. 😉
An AGU/EOS piece about a new study showing how space weather events impact the magnetic field at geosync orbits. An improved model of the complex dynamics of the geomagnetic system (and of course, more data would improve the model results and predictive capability!)
Great piece by Robert Rubin in the Tues, May 1, 2018 NYT opinion page: how critical thinking, skepticisim, help in decision making. With my undergrad degree in philosophy, I loved it!
The Department of State’s air pollution sensors go global – good article about science diplomacy. Starting with air quality sensors at the Beijing embassy, the power of open science and the impact a data informed public can have is a positive story.
Quick Note: Hard to find planets around Alpha Centauri – triple star system (the Three Body Problem) – one planet around red dwarf, but likely others we can’t see..
Disaster resiliency agent based models – DOE Labs briefly mentioned
Machine-Learning prediction of C-N reaction cross-coupling – promising
Blueprint for Quantum Suprmacy (a plan/path to see if Quantum Computing is worth it..)
(Nano)porous graphene production (bottom up synthesis, w/ annealing)
Happy times in pi land.
I helped fund the Raspberry Shake personal seismograph kickstarter and we received ours last night. The setup was no problem and we are streaming the data out for integration into a global seismic monitoring network. There is a known issues with the wifi on the pi in this first distribution of the software. I imagine it is high priority and I don’t want to break ours, so I’m not going to fight it on my own. I’ve got an ethernet cable to the pi sitting on the brick fireplace for now. Once wifi works, the seismometer will go down in the cellar on the concrete pad. For now, check us out!
I opted for the custom 3-d printed case for the shake:
despite the best intentions, dll hell sticks with us all. I’m working on the python discord module on a fresh raspberry pi install. I’ve got python 3.4 goodness going. discord.py really wants 3.5. Of course, I make the modifications at the FAQ and… it doesn’t work. apt-get doesn’t want to offer me a python-3.5 install. The more things change (raspberry pi, discord, python), the more they stay the same..