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Jason also pointed to this HN discussion, featuring a very interesting comment by +William Stein : https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9108357
 
Wow, all of the publicly funded universities shouldn't be hoarding knowledge and technological advances. Carl Boettiger once told me that most university tech transfer offices do not make any money and that only a small set of Universities have lucrative patents that do keep the office in the black. I'd love to see some real data on that. Glad to see that the University of California is not on this list.
145 Universities Warn Congress Pending Patent Legislation Would Harm U.S. Innovation System. The Honorable Chuck Grassley The Honorable Bob Goodlatte Chairman Chairman Committee on the Judiciary Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate U.S. House of Representatives ...
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We are excited to finally be releasing "Effective Computation in Physics - Field Guide to Research with Python" published by O'Reilly Media. This has been a labor of us over the past year. You can purchase the book here (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920033424.do) or check out our website (http://physics.codes/) for more information.

We are hoping for friendly technical review comments from readers. We will be incorporating these as we go.  Please understand that as an early release, parts of this book remain "raw and unedited." Many updates have already been made which may not be yet pushed up to the early release version.

We would love to see this be a supplemental course textbook, used as an introduction for new graduate or undergraduate students in research, and so on. if you are an educator and want to use this book in such a capacity, we'd love to hear from you. Now is your opportunity to influence the final product to best fit your needs!
Effective Computation in Physics. Now available from O'Reilly Media in an early release ebook format! Finally! Effective Computation in Physics is a manual for starting up or honing your programming and software skills even though your background is in the physical sciences or engineering.
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On the importance of humility in programmers, by +Steve Holden .
I've finally realized just what, exactly, so gets up my nose when I see organizations advertising for “rock star” programmers. To understand you need to cast your mind back (assuming it then existed) to 1971 (when I was in my...
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IPython Notebooks make it to Nature (the journal)
The free IPython notebook makes data analysis easier to record, understand and reproduce.
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I'm both incredibly honored and utterly thrilled to have been chosen as a Data Driven Discovery Investigator by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  At the link are the names of the 14 investigators, and I feel truly privileged to be listed among them.  Detailed bios of the other investigators can be found here: http://www.moore.org/programs/science/data-driven-discovery/investigators
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the selection of 14 Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery. These scientists will catalyze new data-driven scientific discoveries through grants to their academic institutions totaling $21 million over five years.
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Congratulations! This is fantastic.
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"The Hewlett Foundation now requires that grantees receiving project-based grants...openly license the final materials created with those grants (reports, videos, white papers, and the like) under the most recent Creative Commons Attribution license...."

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As part of our commitment to openness and transparency, the Hewlett Foundation has long supported open licensing—a replacement for traditional copyright that encourages sharing intellectual property. Open licenses, such as those developed by our longtime grantee Creative Commons, ...
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I’d like to introduce the remotenames extension I’ve been working on. It is derived from Augie Fackler’s remotebranches extension. This extension keeps track of remote branches and remote bookmarks. Built on top of the namespaces API in Mercurial, it requires version 3.3 or above.
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"Computing does not end with computers! So this year we have an activity that shows how astronomers use computers to create images and understand their data. This activity is appropriate for 4th through 12th grade students, with no prior coding experience necessary."

A lovely fast past experience in creating a CS/STEM activity with +David Bau +Kimberly Arcand +Joseph DePasquale and Google's CS First teams. #hourofcode  
For many, it might be hard to imagine living a life without computers and technology. In fact, it's become so much a part of our society that we may not realize how dependent we are on technology. But who does the work that enables these computers to fit into our daily lives?
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I'm excited about this project, which I've been involved in at NCSA for the last few months.  More information is coming very soon about the project, but for now, if you're interested, sign up for the discussion mailing list: http://www.nationaldataservice.org/involved.html
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Very excited about this. Was great chatting with you at SC, Matt!
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My colleague Michael Klemm shares the following:

"I have released v0.1 of pyMIC, a Python module for offloading from Python applications.  The code is available for download and forking from https://github.com/mjklemm/pyMIC.  If you are interested, please feel free to play with it.  Please send your feedback, bug reports, complaints, and flame wars to me :-).  Version 0.1 is a very early version that still lacks some features, but offloading to native C/C++ kernels working with floating-point data works.  Stay tuned for future releases!"

Please see Github for details.
pyMIC is a Python module to offload computation in a Python program to the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. It contains offloadable arrays and device management functions.
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Recently a DOE Report appeared addressing high performance computing. While the report has a lot of great stuff to say about HPC, it gave short shrift to open source. Here's an attempt to amend that report.

http://www.kitware.com/blog/home/post/749
Why Open Source is important to high performance computing and the DOE
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Awesome.
 
SageMathCloud: first pdf worksheet print with embedded 3d image.  This is got from a webgl rendered image, with the exact position I put things in maintained in the printout. 
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  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications
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  • University of Illinois
    Research Assistant Professor, present
  • Columbia University
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I'm a computational Astrophysicist, studying the formation of the first stars in the universe.  I also develop tools for running, analyzing and visualizing astrophysical simulations.
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