resources for Science and related

Science goodies

UNSW's HDR Extend: Everything from how to get started, to what to do after you finish

https://hdrextend.unsw.edu.au/


Soft Matter

Soft Bites, an easy-to-digest soft matter blog: https://softbites.org/

What is soft matter?

https://www.theguardian.com/science/occams-corner/2015/may/12/the-birth-of-soft-matter-physics-the-physics-of-the-everyday

https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.4135


Astrobiology

A Primer: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/ast.2015.1460

NASA's Astrobiology page: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/

The Australian Centre for Astrobiology: https://www.aca.unsw.edu.au/


Origins of Life

Good intro website: http://exploringorigins.org/protocell.html

Exploration of a terrestrial origins of life: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/life-on-earth-came-from-a-hot-volcanic-pool-not-the-sea-new-evidence-suggests/

Overview of protocells research: https://www.ibiology.org/evolution/origin-of-life/

The role of compartments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UamnEWT9N8s


HoloPy - a Python package for holography and light scattering

http://holopy.readthedocs.io


Science-related goodies

LaTeX: easy, beautiful typesetting for dissertations and papers

https://www.overleaf.com/

https://www.overleaf.com/learn/latex/Tutorials


Learn to code: make your life easier by automating things

A good place to start: https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-how-to-code

A compact Python distribution: https://docs.conda.io/en/latest/miniconda.html

A recommended full Python distribution: https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/

Jupyter Notebooks online with Google's Colab: https://colab.research.google.com/

UNSW courses to help you learn: https://research.unsw.edu.au/research-technology-training-courses

UNSW Hacky Hour - drinks and tech help all at once: https://research.unsw.edu.au/hacky-hour

UNSW research tech resources: https://research.unsw.edu.au/research-technology-services


Drawing figures and image processing

FIJI/ImageJ - free and powerful image processing: https://fiji.sc/

Affinity Designer - worth the $, and way less $$ than comparable products https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/designer/

Inkscape - imperfect but free design software for illustration, design, and figures: https://inkscape.org/


Zotero (reference manager): manage, share, and export with ease https://www.zotero.org/


Microscopy resources

https://www.microscopyu.com/

https://twitter.com/jencwaters

https://www.youtube.com/microcourses


GitHub: version control your work and manage collaborative projects with ease: https://github.com/


Communication: it's important

UNSW's style guide: https://view.joomag.com/unsw-writing-style-guide-unsw-writing-style-guide/0437740001581050437?s

Public outreach: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/scientists-need-to-talk-to-the-public/

How to tell a story: https://hbr.org/2012/10/structure-your-presentation-li

How to write a paper (long): https://www.nature.com/scitable/ebooks/english-communication-for-scientists-14053993/writing-scientific-papers-14239285/

How to write a paper (short): http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2014/11/03/how-to-get-published-in-high-impact-journals-big-research-and-better-writing/

How to write a cover letter: http://blogs.nature.com/methagora/2013/09/how-to-write-a-cover-letter.html

Be wary of impact factors: https://elifesciences.org/articles/44799 and https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/how-journals-nature-science-cell-damage-science

Reverse outlining to check for clarity, and to generate a template from well-written documents you like: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/resourcesforwriters/revision/reverse_outline

Supervision and related communication: https://research.unsw.edu.au/supervision-resources

Literature review: https://library.sydney.edu.au/help/online-training/literaturereview/ and https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/c.php?g=444859&p=3063273