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Author Archives: faradaysheadache
I had a troubling experience the other day while submitting a paper. I was flagged for self-plagiarism. Turns out that according to this journal’s policies, the reuse of figures from a conference abstract in the full publication is not allowed. … Continue reading
I got a request to post details of our all-grain setup here. Unfortunately, it’s in another state, but I’m slowly rebuilding it–better. Our system was a recirculating mash system (RMS) with fairly precise temperature control. The temperatures were controlled via … Continue reading
Yes, still behind… On day 2, I made a pumpkin beer, while on day 3 I made a Dunkelweizen. The pumpkin beer was a bit of a failure, but I’ll describe my process here anyway. The Dunkel was a store-provided … Continue reading
I know, I’m way behind–today is for catch-up. Government shutdown, day 1. A friend of mine and I built a recirculating mash system (RMS) for all-grain brewing. 10-12 gallon batches, wonderful results. Being geeks, the temperatures were all computer controlled. … Continue reading
Those reading likely are aware that I am a research scientist with the US Geological Survey. That is, until Congress shut down the government; now I am furloughed along with 800,000 other Federal Employees. I am literally forbidden from working, … Continue reading
One of my first posts on this blog was in recognition of the heroic sacrifices made by the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia crews, as well as a handful of other astronauts who were killed in training missions. Today marks … Continue reading
In a Nature Letter (and I’m sorry if that’s behind a paywall–I can’t tell from here), researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute and Agilent Technologies introduced a method of encoding information onto DNA. The concept is not terribly new, but I … Continue reading
Occasionally, I will have a conversation with someone regarding climate change. This is often with a coworker of my wife’s–she is an engineer, so she and her coworkers are generally quite intelligent people, but have zero background in any of … Continue reading
Just as a quick aside, I had to share this post by Phil Plait: Bad Astronomy Blog This might be the coolest astronomy photo I’ve ever seen.