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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Good News in Open Access and Green Labs

February 26th, 2013 No Comments

The Washington Post reports “The White House moved Friday to make nearly all federally funded research freely available to the public, the latest advance in a long-running battle over access to research that exploded into view last month after the suicide of free-information activist Aaron Swartz. White House science adviser John Holdren wrote “To that […]

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Dakster now at

August 16th, 2012 1 Comment

I’ve migrated Dakster, my fragment binning program, to this webserver. You can now access Dakster here. Happy binning!

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Notes on Proofs

July 12th, 2012 No Comments

I just finished going over the galley proofs for our newest manuscript, using my good old ‘proofer‘ program. This time I found mostly minor errors on the publisher’s part, including some misplaced thousands separators, misplaced column headings, and missing bold emphases where they should have been. The copyeditors also made a bunch of stylistic and […]

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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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Predicting the height of a saturated peak on an electropherogram

May 6th, 2009 No Comments

One way to assess the microbial community structure in an environment is to use a ‘fingerprinting’ technique, like T-RFLP or ARISA, to interrogate the ‘species’ living there as determined from their 16S rRNA genes or some functional gene like amoA. Here’s an example of a T-RFLP electropherogram from sea ice: You can see that most […]

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