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Biweekly links for 05/15/2009

by Michael Nielsen on May 15, 2009
  • Grand Text Auto » Blog-Based Peer Review: Four Surprises
    • “But we decided to do something different with Expressive Processing: we asked the community around an academic blog — Grand Text Auto — to participate in an open, blog-based peer review at the same time as the anonymous review.”
  • Quantiki Video Abstracts | Quantiki
    • “The purpose of the video abstracts is to provide brief video abstracts to recent papers on the arXiv. The abstracts provide a “teaser” for the paper and should guide the audience into your work, emphazising what you think is the most important result. Everybody is welcome to contribute – just take out your webcam and upload a new video!”
  • ACLU sues over patents on breast cancer genes – CNN.com
    • “Patents on two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers are being challenged in court by the American Civil Liberties Union, which argues that patenting pure genes is unconstitutional and hinders research for a cancer cure.

      “Knowledge about our own bodies and the ability to make decisions about our health care are some of our most personal and fundamental rights,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “The government should not be granting private entities control over something as personal and basic to who we are as our genes.”"

  • The Camera that Changed the Universe: Part 1 : Starts With A Bang
    • Wonderful post about the Hubble telescope, incidentally telling you how to figure out roughly how many galaxies there are in the Universe.
  • Tweeting from space: Mike Massimino: From orbit: Launch was awe …
    • From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!
  • Gamers Unravel the Secret Life of Protein: Wired
    • Wired story about Foldit, the protein folding game.
  • Drawball: from Chaos to Community
  • Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Drawball, collaborative web graffiti
    • “In January and February 2006, a large South Korean flag was constructed on the Drawball by members of several Internet forums (or many South Korean people). The flag was constantly expanded and repaired, and as the first of many logos to come, it was quite noticeable from the ball.

      Members of various communities colluded to vandalize the Korean flag. On February 27, 2006, the flag was turned almost entirely neon green. It was because of this large attack that Drawball gained its current presence. The website became so flooded that hundreds of people at a time were put in queue before being able to access the Drawball. After extensive attack, the center of the flag was eventually converted into a Pepsi logo, and, like all Drawball drawings, the space was eventually reclaimed by other users.”

  • Making Light: Virtual panel participation
    • This is a canonical short text I recommend to people wanting something to read about online communities. Expanded a bit it’d make a nice short book.
  • Seb’s Open Research: SciBarCamp II, Toronto
    • Seb’s summing up of SciBarCamp II.
  • Drawball
    • An experiment in mass artistic collaboration. The link is to a playback showing the entire collaboration; you can also participate if you wish.

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