Winter Restricts Innovation

A New Model for Tropical Plant Biodiversity Is Based on the ‘Storage Effect’ September 20, 2017 Based on data from 10 long-term forest monitoring plots, including seven from the Smithsonian’s ForestGEO network, a team led by Jacob Usinowicz during his doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides the first …

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Director Announces Retirement

Gen. Dailey Retires After 18 Years at Country’s Most Visited Museum September 20, 2017 Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, will retire in January 2018. With 18 years as head of the museum, he is its longest-serving director. …

An introduction to machine learning today

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) mean different things to different people, but the newest approaches have one thing in common: They are based on the idea that a program’s output should be created mostly automatically from a high-dimensional and possibly huge dataset, with minimal or no intervention or guidance …

Usability testing for early-stage software prototypes

In this article, Ciarrai Cunneen and I describe how to do a paper-based usability test, using an early redesign of the GNOME Settings app as an example. The updated Settings features in GNOME 3.26, released on September 13. When writing open source software, we often obsess about making our logic …