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2016-09-30  
Pi Power - Power Management for Portable Raspberry Pi projects   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

Pi Power provides a hardware and software solution to managing the power sources for portable Raspberry Pi projects that works like many mobile phones.

Pi Power provides a hardware and software solution to managing the power sources for portable Raspberry Pi projects that works like many mobile phones.

It implements the functions that we have grown to expect on mobile phones:

  • Power up / Power down by pushing a button
  • Automatic charging when a USB power cord is connected
  • A simple status showing how much battery life remains
  • An alert when the battery is very low
  • Safe shutdown when the battery runs out

The hardware links an Adafruit PowerBoost 1000C charger to the Pi and two background scripts monitor the battery and update the status LEDs.

Pi Power appears to be the first complete solution to powering portable Pi systems.

The circuits and software are available on GitHub and are distributed freely under the MIT license.

2015-06-17  
Publication of Paper on the Genome of A.chroococcum   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

Our paper describing the genome of the nitrogen-fixing soil bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum has been published in the journal PLoS One.

Our paper describing the genome of the nitrogen-fixing soil bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum has been published in the journal PLoS One.

Azotobacter Genomes: The Genome of Azotobacter chroococcum NCIMB 8003 (ATCC 4412)

Robert L. Robson, Robert Jones, R. Moyra Robson, Ariel Schwartz, Toby H. Richardson

You can find the paper HERE

Rob Robson has worked on A.chroococcum since the 1980s, back when he was my Ph.D. supervisor. Working together on this project to sequence and characterize the entire genome has been an excellent way to mark his research career.

2015-01-14  
Genome Sequence of Azotobacter chroococcum   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

GenBank has released the genome sequence of the nitrogen fixing bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum and its six plasmids.

GenBank has released the genome sequence of the nitrogen fixing bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum and its six plasmids.

A.chroococcum NCIMB 8003 (ATCC 4412) is a free-living member of the gamma-proteobacteria used in studies of nitrogen fixation and hydrogen metabolism. This strain contains six plasmids.

The project has been a collaboration between Rob Jones (Craic), Rob and Moy Robson (Univ. Reading, UK) and Ariel Schwartz and Toby Richardson (Synthetic Genomics, USA).

Links to the Sequence data and other resources can be found at azotobacter.craic.com.

2013-12-24  
Launch of Web Site for Haitian group Lakou Lapè   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

I am pleased to announce the launch of a web site for Lakou Lapè - a Haitian non-profit group working to reduce violence and conflict in the communities of that country.

I am pleased to announce the launch of a web site for Lakou Lapè - a Haitian non-profit group working to reduce violence and conflict in the communities of that country.

I have been working with the group over the past year as it has taken shape to create a web site that describes their approach to reconciliation, dialogue and mutual respect that can help reduce the violence that plagues the impoverished neighborhoods of Haiti.

Working with the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconcilliation in Ireland, Lakou Lapè is using the same approaches that helped bring peace to Northen Ireland. I am proud to have worked with my new friends in Haiti and an old friend from Glencree in building the site and communicating their message to a broader audience.

2013-11-15  
Web Apprentice - Tutorials on Web Technologies   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

Craic has launched Web Apprentice - providing tutorials on web technologies, HTML5 and APIs

Craic has launched Web Apprentice - providing tutorials on web technologies, HTML5, JavaScript libraries and APIs.

The range of web services and libraries that you can include in your web sites is just incredible right now - from maps and charts to translation and speech recognition.

But getting started with a new technology can be a challenge and many online resources are confusing and sometimes out of date.

Web Apprentice is a site that offers clear tutorials on all kinds of web technologies. Eash has a clear description and code walk-through, a self-contained live demo and code that you can use to build your own pages.

The goal of the site is to introduce web designers and developers, at all levels, to the exciting new technologies that are available and to encourage them to experiment with them.

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