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  • “Become a Computer Scientist” courtesy of Stanford.

    By JacobShiach on October 17, 2011
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    We’ve talked about universities releasing lecture videos through ItunesU and occasionally offering full courses, as with Stanfords Intro to AI class. Well now courtesy of Stanford and their OpenClassroom project, anyone can learn all the skills needed to become a computer scientist. If you saw NASA’s recent API announcement and were saddened because you didn’t have the skills to mine...

  • NASA releases API for Open NASA Data

    By JacobShiach on October 16, 2011
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    NASA as part of the Open Government Initiative has been opening up their servers, releasing petabytes of data to the public. This past week they made that data easier to access and use by releasing an API. NASA has a lot of data. For example, just one mission – the NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) – has stored...

  • NIH Challenges You to Create Lessons About BioScience

    By JacobShiach on October 3, 2011
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    The NIH has put forth a challenge to the nation, asking anyone and everyone to send in their best science experiments oriented for kindergarden up to 12th grade. They plan on picking the best ones and releasing the procedures for the public to use for free. Aside from their horrible choice of prizes (An electronic badge, really?) this is...

  • CheapStat: An Open-Source, “Do-It-Yourself” Potentiostat

    By JacobShiach on September 21, 2011
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    A potentiostat is a wonderfully useful tool in the study of electrochemistry. However, their widespread adoption is limited primarily by their price, with research setups often costing up to $10,000 and barebone potentiostats still upwards of $1,000 (i.e. Dagan Chem-Clamp).  A group out of UC Santa Barbara have developed both the hardware and software necessary to build your own...

  • How to make quantum dots

    By JacobShiach on September 18, 2011
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    Charlie Dvorchak(apologies if misspelt name) of John Hopkins University walks us through how to make Cadmium Selenide semiconductor nanocrystals, also known as a type of Quantum Dot. Caution: Cadmium Selenide is dangerous to human health, so be sure to take proper precautions if you choose to work with it. P.s. Just one cool possible use of quantum dots is...

  • Lego Electrophoresis Box

    By JacobShiach on September 12, 2011
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    If there ever was a recipe for success it would certainly include Legos and Biology. Gel Electrophoresis allows the sorting of molecules based on size and charge and is a very common and useful technique in molecular biology. Like most lab hardware is quite expensive for what it is, a fancy tupperware container with two wires. Luckily if you...

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    Hackerspaces @ the_beginning (the book)

    By JacobShiach on September 1, 2011
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    If you were studying the evolution of hackerspaces the year 2008 would stick out as the “cambrian explosion”. It was when the movement grew from being 2 or 3 spaces in europe, to hundreds of hackerspaces around the world. And it was in 2008 when Bre Pettis, Astera Schneeweisz, and Jens Ohlig began chronicling the beginning of these new...

  • How to Build an Inexpensive Seismometer.

    By JacobShiach on August 30, 2011
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    With earthquakes in the news quite a bit recently with the Fukushima disaster and the most recent batch of earthquakes that frightened the United States east coast, I’m happy to share a wonderful resource by David Suam on Seismometers and more excitingly How one would go about building one on the cheap. A seismometer is a device used to measure motions in...

  • How to add a double decker to your shaker

    By JacobShiach on August 26, 2011
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    Joseph Elsbernd, of the Cheap Ass Science Blog brings us a rather simple but ingenious way to get double the area out of your shaker/rocker using nothing but a bit of pvc tubing and your choice of decking material. Via Cheap Ass Science

  • Be a ScienceHackDay Ambassador.

    By JacobShiach on August 24, 2011
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    Ariel Waldman ,of the Institute for the Future has received funding courtesty of the Sloan Foundation to fly out 10 science ambassadors to take part in the original Science Hack Day in San Fransisco. Thanks to this generous support, 10 people interested in organizing a Science Hack Day from around the world will be selected to win a scholarship...