Category Archives: General Interest

Converting Excel Tables to LaTeX Tables

Today I had the problem of converting an Excel table of values into a LaTeX table. I could have done it by hand but the table had over 400 entries so that would have been a bit tedious. Instead I … Continue reading

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Keywords and Non-Alphabetic Characters

I was bored for a few minutes this evening so I counted up the number of keywords and non-alphabetic characters in some popular computer languages. Here are the results. I obtained the numbers by going to the language reference manuals … Continue reading

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ORCID – Finally I am Unique

It’s taken some time but it looks like there is now a viable unique identification system for researchers. No longer will John Smith’s h-index apparently be 459. ORCID which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a non-proprietary code to uniquely … Continue reading

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According to Science Mag, Amps are Volts!

I saw a recent article in Science mag about using electric shocks to boost mental abilities. Interesting article in itself but what really caught my attention was this sentence: “The electrical current slowly ramped up to about 1 milliamp—a tiny … Continue reading

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Drawing Pathways with Tikz

I had the need to draw a negative feedback around a linear pathway. Normally I would use a vector drawing packages to do this, such as Illustrator or Inkscape. This time I thought I would try the tikz package that … Continue reading

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-1 times -1 = +1 ?

My brother asked me the other day why -1 times -1 was +1. It’s the sort of rule we learn at high school and perhaps never think about again. I thought I’d add a note to prove and show why … Continue reading

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New 17 million-digit prime number

Recent news announced the discovery of a new Mersenne prime. What was interest was the response I saw on some of the boards that where reporting this news, for example: “but can someone explain how digging up mersene prime numbers … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Fonts Gone

Embarcardero has had some difficulties in releasing issue free versions of their new cross-platform development tool XE2. One of the most visible was the inability to display clear fonts in controls. Most noticeable was the TMemo control which can be used to … Continue reading

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Crowd Funding: Microryza

There is a new crowd funding site has just started that specializes in funding research. Called Microryza, the organization aims to focus on funding risky research projects or educational outreach efforts. Yours truly submitted one of the first projects (no affiliation to the … Continue reading

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Nature Precedings Closes

I just received an email this morning telling me that Nature Precedings (Nature’s preprint service) is closing down at the beginning of April, 2012. Shame on you Nature. No reason was given. This is what happens I supose when we … Continue reading

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