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August 15 2011

Four short links: 15 August 2011

  1. Illusion Contest -- every year they run an open contest for optical illusions. Every year new perceptual illusions are discovered, exploiting hitherto unresearched areas of our brain's functioning.
  2. Citizen Science Alliance -- the team behind GalaxyZoo, who help other researchers in need of crowdsourcing support.
  3. Ancient Lives -- crowdsourced translation and reconstruction of ancient papyri from Oxyrhyncus, already found new gospels (in which the number of the beast is 616, not 666).
  4. Favourite Number -- tell a story about your favourite number. Alex Bellos is behind it, and talked about the great stories he's collected so far. Contribute now, watch this space to learn more about the stories.

September 07 2010

Four short links: 7 September 2010

  1. GalaxyZoo for Climate Science? -- GalaxyZoo is the crowdsourced physics research. A group of climate scientists want the same, to help predict "weather events". See also the Guardian article. (via adw_tweets on Twitter)
  2. Crispian's Science Map -- gorgeous Underground-style map showing scientists and their contributions. (via arjenlentz on Twitter)
  3. Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier (Ted Dziuba) -- opinionated piece, but boils down to "keep it simple until you can't", and "the more you know about the actual hardware, the better you can code". With EC2, when Amazon says "I/O performance: High", what does that even mean? Is that suitable for a heavy random read scenario? (via Hacker News)
  4. The Molecular Biology Carnival, 2ed -- collection of excellent blog writing about molecular biology. (via BioinfoTools on Twitter)

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