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I'm a Post-Doctoral Fellow in atmospheric remote sensing at the University of Reading in Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom. I first came to Stack Exchange for practical reasons: Tex.SE has been of major help when I wrote my licentiate (midterm) thesis. Since then, I have discovered the joy of many websites. As my network profile will show, I'm interested in travel, outdoor, scientific skepticism, and as I work in academia, also in academia and LaTeX.

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comment Do hand dryers in public bathrooms spread bacteria?
Please cite a notable claim.
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comment Do geniuses die younger? If yes, why?
Please cite a notable claim.
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comment Is education in Europe really this cheap?
@mort At my undergraduate university in The Netherlands, at one point 3/4rd of the first year psychology students were German, despite tuition fees of 700€/semester and lectures being mostly in Dutch (although the university did start offering lectures in German). Pyschology is limited in Germany but unlimited in The Netherlands, and the university was only 10 km from the German border.
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comment Is education in Europe really this cheap?
@JackBauer That is a question of politics and history and off-topic at Acamedia. Try [Politics.SE] and/or [History.SE].
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comment What does the Sun-Earth-Moon system look like from the Sun-Earth L-2 point?
@PearsonArtPhoto With the Sun just behind, taking a photo like that would be a very challenging exercise in photography.
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comment How to handle salary negotiations while negotiating a postdoc position?
Or the PI might say, "sure, but then your contract will be 18 months rather than 24 months"?
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comment what is present in almost all streets?
If you clarify the question it might fit on [Engineering.SE]. Or not.
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comment Is it a good idea to use liquid soap to wash dishes when travelling?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about a general life hack (how to clean without the best available resources) and not about travel.
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comment Is it a good idea to use liquid soap to wash dishes when travelling?
This question should be migrated to Lifehacks.
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comment Is education in Europe really this cheap?
I assume that BAFöG does limit to German citizens or long-time residents, is that right?
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comment Could the Dead Sea dry up? and if so, when?
You've tagged this [tag:climate-change], but is that the reason for it drying up? For the Aral Sea it isn't (although of course, the Aral Sea drying up does affect local climate considerably).
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comment How to react to your work being cited incorrectly or in a misleading way?
When the other papers are already finished, fixing is pretty hard to do. It's not quite enough for an erratum.
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comment My friend revealed both private and public keys for his server. How serious is this?
@EthanKaminski Fortunately git is versioned to such access cannot do unrepairable damage to the codebase (but it can to his reputation).
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comment Is education in Europe really this cheap?
Don't forget that (1) In some EU countries, tuition is free for EU citizens but quite high for non-EU citizens, and (2) You still need to pay rent, food, etc., and as a foreigner not speaking the language, finding a job may be very difficult, and government scholarships are only available to citizens or perhaps long-time residents.
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comment Is education in Europe really this cheap?
@mort The UK is weird because discrimination between different UK countries is allowed, but discrimination between other EU member states is not. So Scottish universities are free for all EU citizens, except those from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (and maybe some UK crown dependencies). As I understand it, at least.
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comment Is education in Europe really this cheap?
@Remi.b And I was richer as a PhD student in Sweden than as a post-doc in Canada.
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comment What does the Sun-Earth-Moon system look like from the Sun-Earth L-2 point?
Thanks for this answer. I wish I could accept both, because both answers answer different parts of the question. This answer just makes me wish we had some actual photos from there, because it good be awesome :)
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comment How to work with programmer with different preference of indentation width?
@Inf How does switching to go reduce this problem?
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