Saturday, January 21, 2017

Highlights from the 2017 Neural Computation and Engineering Connection

Once a year, researchers meet at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle as part of the Neural Computation and Engineering Connection to discuss what's new in neuroengineering and computational neuroscience. Organized by the UW Institute for Neuroengineering, this year's topics ranged from brain-computer interfaces to rehabilitative robotics and deep learning, with plenary speakers such as Marcia O'Malley (Rice), Maria Geffen (University of Pennsylvania), and Michael Berry (Princeton).

Sunday, January 8, 2017

8 best practices to improve your scientific software

Noawadays scientists find themselves spending more and more time building software to support their research. Although time spent programming is often perceived first and foremost as time spent not doing research, most scientists have never been taught how to efficiently write software that is both correct and reusable. That's why the guys behind Software Carpentry have come up with a list of best practices to help you improve your scientific code. Because after all, to quote Ralph Johnson, before software can be reusable, it has first to be usable.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

How to install Ubuntu 16.04 alongside Windows 10 (dual boot)

Let's be honest here—who actually likes messing with partition tables? I know I don't, and every time I have to install a new Unix-based OS alongside a pre-installed Windows partition, I get a little nervous. Therefore, I thought it's never too late to write a step-by-step tutorial on how to install Ubuntu 16.04 alongside Windows 10 without falling for the common pitfalls (Secure Boot, partitioning, missing GRUB entry, etc.).