Wandering Minds

This website looks at new science and technology, OpenScience, and will ruthlessly call out pseudo-science.

Articles will include Python worksheets where applicable, so the information can be easily verified.

Warning: All articles written by a cranky scientist.

Open Science

Open Source and Open Science to play with


Pseudo-science and other aggravating misconceptions

Science and Technology

New science and interesting oddments

Clean Energy

Renewable energy & zero emission transportation

Free Association Thinking

When a wandering mind goes walkabout

Featured Posts

Farewell to Cassini – The final plunge

A little blog post about the last days of Cassini before mission end and the collision with Saturn on Friday, September 15th 2017.

OpenPNM – Pore Network Modeling for Porous Media

OpenPNM is an open source project to simulate two phase flow in porous media using a pore network approach.


OpenFCST – A collaborative fuel cell modeling platform

I used to work for a fuel cell company, and during my tenure we were very engaged in an Open Source framework for fuel cell simulations. I am still very much involved in the project and wanted to give it some well deserved air time.

NASA Temperature Anomaly Data (GISTEMP)

Recently I encountered a very nice looking video illustrating climate change on LinkedIn. It’s purpose is to show the scale of global warming since 1900 based on a data set published by NASA (GISTEMP). The video looked very impressive until I looked closer. This post will dig into the background of the NASA data set, as well as the visualization methods used to produce the video.

EU Government Data – EU Open Data Portal

The EU Open Data Portal allows public access to open data produced by EU institutions and bodies. It contains scientific, environmental, social, financial, economical, trade and other data sets.

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Conversion between numerical base systems

The conversion of numbers between different bases has been something I had not encountered for a decade after leaving university. However I faced it in a recent job interview. While I did not have a confident answer in the interview, I spent some time to come up with one. So this post features a Jupyter-Notebook of my attempt to answer this question.

Render a galaxy with python and vispy

I was looking for a nice way to render a galaxy. Specifically I was looking for something I could easily do with python. I am using a number of 3D visualization packages on a daily basis, and my favourite packages suffer from the fact that they are not fully python 3...
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