The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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GUI file diff viewers round-up (for LaTeX)

December 14th, 2009 No Comments

I was having a look for graphical file difference viewers in order to get a quick view of the differences between two LaTeX files. One of the things I was looking for was a tool that could handle changed inversions or rearrangments, places where the text has changed both in content and position within the […]

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Molecular modeling of extremophiles?

December 1st, 2009 No Comments

Dr. Mikko Karttunen, from the University of Western Ontario, will be speaking at McMaster tomorrow in the Physics and Astronomy seminar. He worked on a recent paper titled Microscopic Mechanism for Cold Denaturation in which they used computer simulations to determine that the highly ordered structure of water at subzero temperatures caused protein denaturation because […]

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How well can we predict the future of sea ice? And what do we do when the ice is gone?

November 11th, 2009 No Comments

Sea Ice Report — Summary of 2009 Pan-Arctic Sea Ice Outlook The amount of sea ice in the Arctic grows and shrinks every year as the seasons change. The largest extent is in late winter, after which it melts throughout the summer. The minimum annual sea ice extent generally occurs in mid-September. This year (2009) […]


Automated bacteria or virus counts in ImageJ

September 28th, 2009 4 Comments

THIS IS EXPERIMENTAL, UNPUBLISHED SOFTWARE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. I’ve written a free, open source script for ImageJ (free, open source) to count viruses (or bacteria, but not both at the same time) automatically from JPEG image files. If you have TIFFs you can batch convert them to JPEG using ImageMagick (free, open source) […]


Almost technically a doctor

September 18th, 2009 No Comments

I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation on September 9, 2009, and am now wrapping up some edits before I submit the final thesis! I broadcast the talk live on ustream — I even had a question from the virtual audience! (thanks John). A PDF copy of my talk is available here. The submitted thesis is […]