Linkdump for November 8th¶ by Rob Friesel
at Ars Technica — possibly the worst, most mis-leading graph of all time but if those numbers are accurate, at least the conclusions are great news
at Scientific American (via /.):
In 2003 Douglas Finkbeiner, an astronomer at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, noticed a diffuse haze toward the center of the galaxy in microwave data collected by NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP). There are only a handful of processes that yield microwaves in the interstellar medium, Finkbeiner explains, and when he subtracted templates for those processes from the WMAP data, something curious remained. "If our model [for microwave production] were correct, we would have random noise left over," Finkbeiner says. "Instead, we see a pattern, an excess of microwaves in the inner galaxy."
at Google Code:
at Magic Scaling Sprinkles (via DF) — discussing "the heap problem"
at Sunlight Labs (via DF):
Here's a hint– if the data format has an ® by its name, it probably isn't great for transparency or open data.
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