For many years, me and my colleagues have been improving scientific methods using intuition, trial-and-error, and iteration. But now, with computer-driven lab automation we can do better. Today we just sent to the repository our latest work on that topic:

It is not feasible to ask your doctor for every medical question. People want to find reliable medical information and do their own research into their health conditions. But what are the sources? I believe many turn to WebMD or Mayo Clinic. *WebMD is just awful.* How some of their "content" passes medical review boggles the mind. Mayo Clinic is usually better, but not tremendously better. There is a tremendous need for a website which provides reliable, authoritative, non-rambling health information.

"Beyond disciplines", a report of the Japanese Science and Technology agency (JST)'s Center for Research and Development Strategy has just been translated in English. It outlines 12 themes, and is an important tool to understand 's scientific directions.

"Tabula is a tool for liberating data tables locked inside PDF files."

Tabula is AWESOME and saved me many, many hours of work getting a gene list out of a PDF!

sonar: a very interesting package for visual exploration and analysis of transcriptome profiling results. I especially like the idea of the overview visualization putting private data sets into the context of many public data sets.

GitHub is now offering unlimited private repos for the "free" tier, s/th to keep in mind. My previously "academic" tier has apparenly been converted to "Pro".

Recently I discovered and switched to the Xfe file manager - this is such an underrated, excellent piece of software. Fast, easy to use, rock solid.


use xfce with debian better (debian is the mother of ubuntu)

if you get two monkeys typing at vim for three months they will eventually quit it

Xubuntu 16.04 sometimes stops registering keyboard and mouse clicks entirely. The solution is to `apt install xserver-xorg-input-all` in recovery mode. (Side note: consider the security implications: works even without knowing the password!). Full procedure:

rn at the CCMI Cell Mapping Symposium at Sanford Institute in San Diego, live stream:

"the missing link between spreadsheets and data visualization"

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