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Help scientists find cures for diseases by contributing some of your computer's power to analysing how proteins "fold". Run "Folding@home" on your computer!

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Life-hack advice of the day for researchers who use :

Anyone who writes stuff in in that uses citations should use the "citr" add-in with + Better BibTeX extension for Zotero. I cannot stress how useful this tool is. It's like the Zotero add-in for Word or LibreOffice Writer, except it works with RStudio.

It's a travesty that it's not on CRAN.

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Welcome new users of the Fediverse/Mastodon. Please enjoy this photo of a Sodosol, Victoria's official state .
Here's an explanation of all the state soils:

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#SummerSchool 2022 

Hey friends,

For the last 2 years, we've hosted an interdisciplinary inter-time-zone all-online all-free conference for the Fediverse

So I'm gauging interest for #SummerSchool 2022

If you want to be one of the co-organizers (one of the people who makes sure that presenters have moderators and fills out the schedule, etc—we're not recruiting moderators or presenters yet), please reply to this message as a DM before 2022-06-04 and I'll schedule a meeting!

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Politics, preference voting idiots 

I really want to yeet every idiot who complains about a candidate winning with less (first preference) votes than their preferred candidate.

Every single person who is elected (in good preferential voting systems like Australia's) is elected because >50% of people prefer the candidate to the one you are whinging about.

It's a feature, it's the point.

It's a true democracy.

I don't shed a tear because you can't manipulate results because of it.

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Hi fediverse! Boosts appreciated on this one.

I’m part of a co-op building a platform for artists to sell art without getting exploited. I’ve been working on it for a while but there’s a lot of work to do and I could use some help. A ton of the main features are in place, but there’s still some big gaps and a lot of polish left before it can launch.

The platform is fully open source and developed in the open. It’s built on Phoenix/Elixir and Tailwindcss. Our co-op is already incorporated and established and it’s open to members that want to actually commit but you don’t need to be a member to contribute or help.

Does this sound interesting? I’d love some help! I’m also happy to answer questions. And no, you don’t need to know Elixir already. It’s pretty easy to learn for the things you’d be using it for. Even some design help would be welcome. Feel free to reply here or DM me!


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Took a lot of time to look at small things today. Here's a nameless plant covered in nameless rain drops.

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NEW Preprint alert! Policymakers, medics, data analysts, industry IP lawyers, open research folks, this is one for you: COVID-19: An exploration of consecutive systemic barriers to pathogen-related data sharing during a pandemic.

🧵 - boosts appreciated!

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US pharmaceutical giant says it will sell patented drugs on a not-for-profit basis to world's poorest countries.
Pfizer to offer low-cost drugs to 45 lower-income nations
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Twitter will pay a $150 million fine over accusations it improperly sold user data

"In court documents made public on Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice say Twitter violated a 2011 agreement with regulators in which the company vowed to not use information gathered for security purposes, like users' phone numbers and email addresses, to help advertisers target people with ads."

#Twitter #FTC #2FA

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DID YOU KNOW? Under the hood your browser refers to itself as a “user agent,” because it is a remnant from a time when we believed the point of software was to make our lives easier, rather than to trick us into buying things we don’t need and infect us with the rage virus

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Gabriella Morreale💉✨

Italian-born Spanish chemist who specialised in the study of the thyroid. She established a newborn screening program for congenital hypothyroidism in Spain and helped to introduce iodised salt to prevent thyroid problems caused by iodine deficiency.

#mastoart #science #art #womeninscience #creativetoots #illustration #digitalart #portrait #ciencia #history

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Today I got an email from a random graduate student saying they appreciate my mathematical work.

I am happy!

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Good news everyone! A new version of graph-tool is just out!

Single line installation:

anaconda ⤵️
conda create --name gt -c conda-forge graph-tool

homebrew ⤵️
brew install graph-tool

apt-get install python3-graph-tool

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uspol, religion 

oooooof so telling: NPR reporter asked someone "what makes you a Republican" and she said "I've always had conservative values; I grew up in church."

Oh honey so did I, but somehow the idea that it was a cult that required a political affiliation never quite took with me.

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Generative art 

Prompt: corgis on the moon

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Shared story with kid.

According to child Pocky is also apparently high up on the list of good things about Japan.

And I'm going to share this video of a Japanese park or zoo giving a group of capybara eating a giant watermelon.

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England to allow cultivation and sale of new GMOs By Cécile Ducourtieux - Le Monde

Boris Johnson is touting the bill introduced Wednesday, May 25, as one of the major benefits of Brexit, with the European Union continuing to severely restrict the growing and sale of genetically modified species.

I found this article on organising computational biology projects and I'm going to follow its advice.

Noble, W. S. (2009). A Quick Guide to Organizing Computational Biology Projects. PLOS Computational Biology, 5(7), e1000424.

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Before I tell you about how HSBC just announced it wants to literally render the planet Earth unfit for human habitation, I want to talk about HSBC's other crimes. Remember the LIBOR scandal? HSBC was neck-deep in it, costing the world's public coffers *trillions* through fraud?


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osmexport is my first go at a proper #RStats package.

This small package is useful for importing, and visualising #OSM XML data using #sf. I’m likely to expand it and rename it “osmxml”.

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Oh nooooo DuckDUckGo is doing shady things and lets Microsoft track you via their Ad shooocked!…

I kept on saying to people that DDG is a potential risk simply because it engages into TRADES. They wanted you, the user, to click their ads. And all of the "but hey we don't track you at least..." was of course a marketing strategy. Selling their search engine to these "privacy oriented" folks. Privacy-washing. Even tho I was not aware of this practice I was kinda sure they will eventually fuck things up, simply because whenever you engage into trades, sooner or later you will fuck things up.

So yeah, it seems this theory of trade, it being the originator of most problems, still holds very much true. I do not trust any trade-based service. Period. #tromlive
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