Author Archives: ljvillanueva

US-IALE Meeting

I received notification recently that I’ve received the NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award to attend the US-IALE 2010 Meeting. So it’s a good chance if you want to meet and talk some ideas.

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R Bloggers – the network

Just as the name implies, R Bloggers is a compendium of over 40 blogs that deal with different aspects of R. It looks like a gold mine.

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What the Antartic waters sound like

Gizmodo recently featured an interesting scientific project that records the sounds from under the ice shelf in Antarctica. The best thing is that the sound is transmitted (almost) live on the Internet. Two options for listening are available: MP3 Ogg

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My technology tools

Talking the other day with a labmate I suggested him some tools I’m using. I thought it could help someone else to make a list of some of the technological tools I use everyday. Some may help you, some may … Continue reading

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A web-based sound archive management and visualization system

About two years ago we started a project in which we we collecting several hundred recordings each week at different sites. In an instant, browsing this archive became a problem due to the difficulty in browsing files that we need … Continue reading

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Finding the nearest point using only SQL

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Amphibians are not so wimpy after all

One of the most over-used reasons amphibians are endangered is that they are more sensitive to environmental changes and contaminants than other groups, making them “canaries” for the environment. This reason is mentioned without evidence and only backed with the … Continue reading

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An interesting discussion on the p-value

The p-value is one of those important concept in statistics that we all get mixed up (unless you are a statistician I guess). ScienceNow (from AAAS) did an interview with Victor De Gruttola, chair of biostatistics at the Harvard School … Continue reading

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New automated recorder from Wildlife Acoustics

Wildlife Acoustics have released a new version of their Song Meter automated digital recorder. Among the most interesting features are an even lower power consumption and twice the storage space. It’ll be interesting to see where they take these boxes … Continue reading

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Mechanism of chytridiomycosis, caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, proposed

One of the most proposed causes for the declining amphibian populations has been the disease chytridiomycosis, which is caused by the skin infection by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Although evidence for some populations linking the decline with the fungus has … Continue reading

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