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Matt Bellis loads up some dark matter distribution data

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Space Feed

   

A feed of awesome space events based on location.

   

Why the hack?

 

Current astronomy sites have complicated design or are overly technical for the casual observer. Typically lat/long is needed to figure out what is available in the night sky. Phones and browsers can take advantage of location and notification services to make the experience easy and passive for the user.

   

Visible with:

 

- Naked eye

 

- Binoculars

 

- Telescope

   

Specify distance:

 

- 5 miles, 15 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles etc.

   

Types of events:

 

- Meteor showers

 

- ISS flyover (transit, i.e. flying in front of the sun/moon)

 

- Other satellites

 

- Iridium flares

 

- Auras

 

- Planets

 

- Constellations

 

- What else is interesting? How do you take a data set and classify an astronomical event "interesting" without human input? Can you?

   

Visibility considerations:

 

- Weather

 

- Light pollution

   

Nice to Haves:

 

- Best viewing spots in your area based on weather/altitude/other factors

 

i.e. I am willing to travel X distance to see Y event. Return: "It's cloudy in San Francisco, go to Mt. Tam to see the Persieds meteor shower."

 

- Localize measurements based on location or OS language/format.

   

Technologies:

 

- Web based (ideal, open) OR

 

- iPhone app (more possibility? visibility/distribution?)

   

Data sets:

 

- ISS tracking data in web format - Created at London Science Hack day (XML file of ISS location): randomorbit.net/

 

- TLE data for all satellites - celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/master.asp

   

Hackers:

   

* Lindsay Eyink, @leyink - general idea

* Ben Ward, @benward -

* Paul Mison, @blech - space geek who has done this with OverLondon

* Ariel Waldman, @arielwaldman - general idea

Matt Bellis loads up some dark matter distribution data

Farewell To Horatio

 

Me, Leo and Mr Duck were at Science Hack all weekend with Caz and her geeky mates.

 

While we were there, we met Horatio Hog, who was just about to take his humans (Nat and Simon, another couple of geeky friends) on an 18-month journey around the globe. He was very excited about all the travel.

 

While the humans said goodbye to all their friends, we chatted with Horatio and hoped that he has a great adventure.

 

More info. Ref: D541_171

It was fun being surrounded by constant flickering space screens while science hacking

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Grassroots Mapping

   

Balloons! Many feet in the air! Cameras strapped to them! Photo stitching! Aerial map!

 

flic.kr/p/8Tn5oe

 

blog.edenisawesomeawwwwyeah.com/2010/11/15/grassroots-map...

 

github.com/trevyn/HeliumView

   

Hackers:

 

Stephanie Vacher

 

Eden Sherry

 

Paul Mison

 

Brett Heliker

Core SHDCHI organizers attempt spelling

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Science Walk - Trivia Game for Science Education science.loqi.me/

 

Built with Geoloqi

   

The intent of this game is to get people to pay attention to the world around them by answering location-based questions related to education and science. Players can sign up to receive questions through SMS as they walk through town. When they answer questions, they get points. Those with the highest scores are listed on a leaderboard. In the future, one will be able to make their own layer of science questions, history or any topic of their choosing, and Geoloqi will allow users to subscribe to that game layer from their phones and/or the web. Players use a GPS Tracker made by Instamapper to play the game. It can run on most phones, including Blackberry, Android, iPhone and Palm. Ideal for both groups and solo adventures.

   

Hackers:

 

Amber Case

 

Aaron Parecki

 

Kevin Rohling

 

Liam Holt

 

Megan Mansell

 

Devin Drew

 

Pete Forsyth

 

Ashish Mahabal

 

Jennifer Monfrans

 

And others! (add your name if you contributed to this hack - especially if you helped make questions!)

At the end of Science Hack Day SF, a group of us went outside to watch the International Space Station fly over.

An alarm that won't turn off until it records a pulse that shows you're properly awake.

Checking a soil sample against a Munsell colour chart, using an iPad as a magic table.

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DNA Tie - Science is with us every day

 

Built with Auduino, Duck Tape, Imagination and a lot of help from other hackers

   

The project is to inspire people thinking of biological sciences in our daily life. For example, DNA is not only import to life, it is fun to with interact with. A message is encoded in our tie the same way DNA is coding for a human gene. The message of the day is "Science Hack Day". It can be can be changed as desire. Suggest your ideas.

   

Hackers:

 

Dawei Lin

 

Jun

 

Kate

 

Guy

   

Special thanks to David Harris for all the electronics support and ideas.

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A New P-value Correction in R and Analyst

 

In this project we implemented Wayne Xu’s recently published multiple testing correction using APIs from the R project and Genedata Analyst. The method mitigates false negatives from microarray analysis of thousands of genes simultaneously, and Analyst makes for easy visualization and selection of results.

   

Contributors at Science Hack Day 2010, SF:

 

Devin Lee Drew dld <- pobox.com

 

Megan Mansell Williams meganmansell <- gmail.com

   

Idea contributors not on site:

 

Peter Haberl (History Slides of Student's T-test)

 

Arnd Brandenburg (Suggestion to implement this as an R integration)

   

Authors of paper:

 

Wayne WenZhong Xu

 

Clay J Carter

 

www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/11/465

In the planetarium dome

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FANCY PIGEONS

 

Fancy Pigeons is a strategy game in which players must selectively breed a flock of pigeons to bypass a series of obstacles. The object of the game is to get as many pigeons as possible through the course, with points awarded for each offspring that clears a challenge. Because players can see the queue of upcoming obstacles, they can choose breeding pairs which will produce offspring with both short- and long-term fitness. Mendelian genetics is faithfully represented, and in order to succeed, the player must maintain genetic variability in the population through heterozygosity while optimizing for a specific phenotype.

   

Richard Price

 

Ashish Mahabal

 

Bala Ramamurthy

 

Jessica Polka

 

Lil Fritz-Laylin

 

Liam Holt

 

Meredith Carpenter

Well, some sort of bird of prey. On a solar panel at the entrance to the park containing Stanford's radio telescope dish.

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