Archive for November, 2011

Which US agencies fund basic research?

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Lots of them, but mostly HHS, which I assume is mostly NIH. NSF comes in a not-so-close second. Basic research funding, in billions of dollars (2008): HHS    16.0 NSF     3.7 DOE     3.2 DOD     1.5 NASA    1.3 USDA    1.0 Other   0.8 Total  27.6 The US budget is around 3 trillion, so this is about 1% of total US spending.

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Open source GIS

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

It would be awesome to have an open source GIS that works as well as R does for stats, and it looks like there almost is one. I checked out QGIS last week and was pretty impressed. I managed to get it installed and pull some of my thesis data ...

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Muskingum River

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I went on a fun canoe trip on the Muskingum River a couple weekends ago. One of the unexpectedly interesting parts was seeing the Muskingum River Power Plant, a massive old coal-burning operation. It took the better part of an hour to canoe past the enormous premises. I knew from my ...

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