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Principles of Scientific Investigation

Continuum progress of science is driven by people. It is the result of their curiosity, dedication, and creativity. In this perspective, although the scientific investigation itself in principle should be objective and rigorous, the truth that it reveals about the universe reflects continuous human endeavor and changing perspectives. It represents, to some degree, the manner…

Signatures of life

In this post, I break down the ideas behind a paper I recently read and liked very much. It is written by Sherry Cady, Jack Farmer, John Grotzinger, William Schopf and Andrew Steele, titled “Morphological Biosignatures and the Search for Life on Mars“, published in the journal Astrobiology in 2013. These are well-respected researchers in…

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and DrDAQ

One important task for field/laboratory research is to record data for extended periods of time. These kinds of data acquisition are not suitable for human operators – not because we are incapable of handling the tasks, but the energy and time costs make the work unrealistic; the operator, even if a superman, can only focus…

Jupyter notebook for documenting your research

I recently discovered Jupyter Notebook. It is an excellent platform for research, because it records your learning progress as the code is developed, while being so flexible that you can document and share the code any way you want. It is the perfect way to code for scripting languages such as Python, MATLAB or R. I like it so…