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Episode iii: 21st-27th August 2011

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Sciblogs Podcast Episode 2 Draft by kaiwhata. The World by National Geographic is live. Aug 18, 2011 The World, Stamen's first iPad app and our first project with the National Geographic Society, is available for download from Apple's app store today.

The World by National Geographic is live

Space entrepreneurs may hold fate of ISS - space - 23 August 2011. FOLLOWING the retirement of the space shuttle on 21 July, Americans couldn't have relished the thought of being dependent on Russian Soyuz rockets to get into space.

Space entrepreneurs may hold fate of ISS - space - 23 August 2011

So when Russia's space agency Roskosmos said a week later that the 370-tonne International Space Station would be ditched in the Pacific Ocean in 2020, it must have seemed a hit below the belt. "So, I guess that's it then," Keith Cowing wrote, on the blog NASAwatch. "Russia gets to make the decision to scrap something we paid the lion's share to build and operate. " It is not quite that simple. Roskosmos was merely reiterating the policy agreed upon by the ISS's partner space agencies in Russia, Europe, Canada, Japan and the US. Crop circles. Cavity magnetron.

Magnetron with section removed to exhibit the cavities.

Cavity magnetron

The cathode in the center is not visible. The waveguide emitting microwaves is at the left. The magnet producing a field parallel to the long axis of the device is not shown. A similar magnetron with a different section removed. Central cathode is visible; antenna conducting microwaves at the top; magnet is not shown. Construction and operation[edit] Steve Jobs stands down as CEO of Apple Computer. Breaking news is that Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple Computer, has resigned his post.

Steve Jobs stands down as CEO of Apple Computer

Press reports are citing his resignation letter, To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.Steve. Simplicity, Flexibility, Beauty!, Kiwi PyCon 2011, August 27-28, 2011, Wellington, New Zealand.

1. Python: What can it do for us scientists? The answer is A LOT!

1. Python: What can it do for us scientists?

Let me clarify.. Though Python is a programming language, in the recent years it has emerged as an extremely powerful tool for a variety of scientific applications: from data analysis to simulation and complex visualisations to interfacing with instruments. NZPUG - New Zealand Python User Group. Ruby, Python, and Science. Programming for Scientists. November 17, 2009 – 6:34 pm Logo owned by the Python Software Foundation Rich has recently been considering switching to the Python programming language.

Programming for Scientists

Python for Scientists. In reaction to several colleagues asking about Python , I thought a webpage would be more useful than giving an exhaustive rundown on Python verbally. Python is a script based language that allows programmers/scientists to get their algorithms and functions working in little or no time. A large number of modules and wrappers are being built for Python, like RPy and Scipy , to allow advanced tools and faster processing speeds to be implemented. Plotting modules and programs are also in wide use among Python users. The wide array of tools that can be used for plotting provides great flexibility. To help users at all levels of Python familiarity, a list of handy links is given below in sections.

PyBrain. Matplotlib: python plotting — Matplotlib v1.0.1 documentation. August 27, 1883: The island of Krakatoa blows up. Calendar. Brewing A Designer Beer. A new discovery has unlocked the secret story of lager beer’s South American origins, and is letting scientists piece together the genetic history of the domesticated microbe that keeps lager cool.

Brewing A Designer Beer

This final piece of the yeast’s genetic family tree could one day help brewers create custom-made designer brews with carefully selected characteristics. Room-temperature brown dwarf spied just 9 light-years off. 3 Big data security analytics techniques you can apply now to catch advanced persistent threats Scientists perusing data collected by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have spotted some really cool stars – brown dwarfs with an atmospheric temperature as low as an agreeable 25°C.

Room-temperature brown dwarf spied just 9 light-years off

Dubbed "Y dwarfs", these objects have hitherto eluded astronomers hunting them at visible wavelengths, although WISE has finally nailed six examples within a distance of around 40 light-years from our own Sun. Coolest brown dwarf discovered. NASA's humanoid wakes up in space, starts Tweeting. Kass: Of moon men and red cucumbers - August 25, 2011|John Kass.

Kass: Of moon men and red cucumbers -

Nature Articles

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? Case 1 (heard at 8:50 a.m.): An Arab Israeli serving a 30-month sentence for fraud.

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

Case 2 (heard at 3:10 p.m.): A Jewish Israeli serving a 16-month sentence for assault. Case 3 (heard at 4:25 p.m.): An Arab Israeli serving a 30-month sentence for fraud. Scientists find weakness in deadly Ebola virus.