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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.




- 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):


- TLE data for all satellites -




* 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!




Stephanie Vacher


Eden Sherry


Paul Mison


Brett Heliker

Core SHDCHI organizers attempt spelling

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Science Walk - Trivia Game for Science Education


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.




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.




Dawei Lin








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 <-


Megan Mansell Williams meganmansell <-


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

In the planetarium dome

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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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