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NYTimes Op-Ed
The NYTimes Op-Ed pages turn 40

It never occurred to me that the New York Times Op-Ed pages are just 1 year older than I.

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Stand-alone viewer for collision events as detected by the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

A wonderful public outreach tool that other research groups should take notice of when trying to communicate with the public.

From the CMS page:

The CMS experiment uses a general-purpose detector to investigate a wide range of physics, including the search for the Higgs boson, extra dimensions, and particles that could make up dark matter. Although it has the same scientific goals as the ATLAS experiment, it uses different technical solutions and design of its detector magnet system to achieve these.

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Diaspora initial source release coming today, see:

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Designed by Shrewd Raven

Coming soon, to an observatory somewhat far from you.

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Diaspora, the project of a small group of developers who gained attention with their Kickstarter project has announced a developer only source code release for September 15th, 2010. Diaspora is a decentralized framework to create and drive social networking websites and to allow it to be under the control of the individuals involved in the network and not a corporation.

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It appears that Sublime Text is coming to MacOSX:

An OS X port is currently in the works, and while there's no certain timeframe, I expect something to be available early next year. - Jon

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I've registered and am setting up travel plans...

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This project grew as an off-shoot of my efforts to latex lecture notes
on-the-fly for classes I took as a grad student here. The various
professors involved have agreed with my efforts to place these notes
into the public domain for editing, revision, and addition.

The cool (but still experimental) aspect of the wiki is that the
content can be written in pure LaTeX (inside of
tags), and a separate plugin under the hood interprets that content
into the traditional MediaWiki syntax. That means you can
collaboratively write latex-based papers in full LaTeX glory that
compile on their own, and if you paste that content into the wiki, it
will be rendered into HTML (although only a subset of that LaTeX
markup actually gets rendered visually for viewing--the rest is just
ignored). - Aaron Parsons

AstroBaki - Latex Wiki

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Christ Church Earthquake 2010, September
credit: Paul Nicholls

Interactive google map of the initial 7.1M earthquake at Christ Church, Sept 3, 2010 and the following aftershocks.