Technology


A New Month, A New Podcast


Posted By on Apr 1, 2009

Well, I’m back from LPSC and have jumped straight from one kind of busy to a new kind of crazy. As some of you may know, Nick Rattenbury is leaving the Jodcast and the rest of the team (including the original Astronomy Blog author Stuart Lowe) are stupidly busy, soooooo Fraser Cain and I decided to help them out and adopt their show to make sure it keeps going. The first episode of the new Jodcast, under the new branding of...

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IYA taking shape


Posted By on Mar 31, 2008

About a year ago I got a random email from Doug Isbell asking me if I’d be interested in being part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). I’d previously heard about this project, but having gotten a good last out of the non-event that was the World Year of Physics, I have to admit I hadn’t given it  much thought. But… When you’re asked to think about helping build something you give it more...

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In Search of Organization


Posted By on Mar 4, 2008

Everyday, life seems to get a snert more complicated. As IYA gets closer and Astronomy Cast grows, the number of projects I’m involved in is increasing and the projects are increasing in complexity. For the past year one of my colleagues has been trying to sell me on Microsoft Project, but I’m a Mac girl, and that just doesn’t fly for me. Instead I found this little gem of a program: OmniPlan. It allows me to...

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The following is a guest blog post written by Dr. Lenore Horner of SIUE (a physics professor who works down the hall from me and who has the best toys in the department.) In late October or early November of last year, eons in academic life, one of our graduate students introduced me to something that I think is going to have a dramatic impact on teaching physics and on how we interact with computers, especially in the classroom. Why...

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Your Place in Space


Posted By on Feb 7, 2008

It is very difficult to get a three dimensional perspective on our galaxy. Stuck as we are inside it, it took us a long long time to figure out how far we are from the center, and how far we are from the outer edge. It is hard to figure out which is up and out toward Andromeda when we don’t exactly have a perspective on which way is down out of the galaxy. It is all just a three dimensional mental mess. But there is software to...

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One of the cool things about my life is that I occasionally get asked to review things. Mostly, I get to read books I otherwise couldn’t afford, but sometimes some really cool technology crosses my desk too. Most recently, techlasers sent me an Infiniti 125mW Green (532nm) laser. (For reference the Federal Laser Product Performance (CDRH) Standard considers 0.385mW the max that should go into your eye! See here). This is an OM#G...

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