Creative Commons Certification

This may be of interest to anyone who would like to gain a certificate to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of creative commons. Available as a 10 week course or a shorter, more intensive boot camp.

Feel free to discuss on the Discourse forum or on the Fediverse.




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Free Code Camp Links for 14/5/2021

  1. Typography is one of the most useful design skills you can learn as a developer. And freeCodeCamp has got you covered. This course will teach you all about typographic hierarchy, how to layout type, and how to use responsive text so your fonts look crisp on screens of any size. (2 hour YouTube course):

  2. Kivy is a powerful Python library for coding cross-platform apps and games on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. This course will walk you through coding up some user interfaces in Kivy. Then you'll build your own spaceship game complete with vector graphics. (5 hour YouTube course):

  3. Zubin worked as a corporate lawyer for 12 years before discovering freeCodeCamp and teaching himself to code. Today he works as a software engineer at Google. In this article, he shares practical insights that you can use in your own quest to expand your skills. (25 minute read):

  4. It's important to test your code. And in this tutorial Nahla will show you how. You'll learn about the Testing Pyramid, along with several advanced methodologies like Performance Testing, Usability Testing, DAST, SAST, and more. (12 minute read):

  5. In this free front end development book, you'll learn Vue.js and Axios by building single-page applications. First you'll build a simple Twitter clone. Then you'll expand upon those skills to build your own portfolio website. Each step includes example code and a built-in video tutorial. (Full length book):

And a quick update on freeCodeCamp's Data Science Curriculum Expansion. These 12 new certifications will teach advanced mathematics, computer science, and machine learning. So far, 2,126 people have donated to ensure that our nonprofit has the budget we need to hire experienced teachers. You can learn more and get involved here:

Open Learn – Discovering Chemistry

Anyone looking at undertaking this course with Open Learn, I have set up a thread on discourse to facilitate further discussion.

Chemistry lies at the centre of our modern life, playing a part in areas as diverse as the development of new drugs and materials, analysing our environment through to more mundane activities such as washing your clothes and making your tea. But to truly understand the role chemistry plays you need to have a sound grasp of a number of fundamental principles.

This free course, Discovering chemistry, introduces you to some of these concepts, beginning with the idea that everything that you can see is made of building blocks called atoms. This leads on to a look at the chemical elements and how they are arranged in the Periodic Table, enabling chemists to rationalise patterns in their chemical and physical behaviour.

Next you will consider chemical reactions, specifically how atoms combine with other atoms to form molecules, and how molecules combine with other atoms or molecules to form bigger molecules. You will meet simple (tried and tested) theories to explain the bonding in molecules and at how their shapes may be explained, and indeed predicted. And in a wider sense you’ll be looking at why reactions happen at all and how fast they go.

This is also a beginner’s level course in the language of the chemist; you’ll learn about symbols, formulas and how chemical equations which represent reactions are constructed. Finally you will see how chemists count atoms and molecules, essential for making up solutions of a known concentration in order to carry out a reaction, or performing a chemical analysis.


Fediverse developers

Study is important, gaining skills by contributing to projects is also very useful. A few opportunities are presented below.

Note: In the interest of being open and transparent. I am making it clear, exactly where links are going to. This is INTENTIONAL and not a formatting error.

FediTips :

If you're a developer, there are lots of #Fediverse platforms which you can help out on:

Other links

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UoL Online Degrees with LSE

As this group, is more than just about science, I am sharing this.

Earn a BSc from the University of London online. Apply by 28 May to start studying as early as August 21.

FreeCodeCamp links 10/4/2021

Decided to share this as it gives an idea of the sort of extra opportunities that Quicy sends out when you join FreeCodeCamp

Here are this week's five links that are worth your time:

  1. Learn Python's Django web development framework by building your own ecommerce website. You'll also learn the popular Vue.js front end library. If you know a little Python and JavaScript, and want to start applying your skills with a bigger project, this is the course for you. You'll learn about web servers, authentication, shopping carts, and more. Detailed codebases included. (3 hour YouTube course):

  2. scikit-learn is a powerful Python library for machine learning algorithms. This beginner-friendly crash course will teach you how to build models using scikit-learn's metrics, meta estimators, and data pre-processors. Learn some of the tools and techniques that professional data scientists use in the field. (2 hour YouTube course):

  3. A Buffer Overflow attack is where an attacker writes too much data to a single memory location on a computer, allowing them to then send commands to other parts of the computer's memory. This simple attack is behind some of the biggest hacks in history. Here's a detailed explanation of how it works and how you can defend against it. (9 minute read):

  4. You may have heard the term PWA before. It stands for Progressive Web App. And it's a way to make websites feel more like native Android and iOS apps without users needing to download an app from an app store. Starbucks, Spotify, and other companies use PWAs to improve their mobile user experience. This tutorial will explain how PWAs work, and show you some of their key benefits. (10 minute read):

  5. Dave has taught web development for nearly a decade. Here are the 5 most common mistakes he sees beginner web developers make, and how you can avoid them. (7 minute read):

Finally, a quick update on freeCodeCamp's Data Science Curriculum Pledge Drive. We now have more than 1,774 supporters. These kind people have donated to help us hire experienced math and computer science teachers to expand our curriculum. You can learn more about the curriculum and get involved here:

Muon g-2 experiment finds strong evidence for new physics

Just sharing this video posted by Fermilab to on Peertube. This is a really nice, beginner friendly explanation.

The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment hosted at Fermilab show fundamental particles called muons behaving in a way not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. Announced on April 7, 2021, these results confirm and strengthen the findings of an earlier experiment of the same name performed at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Combined, the two results show strong evidence that our best theoretical model of the subatomic world is incomplete. One potential explanation would be the existence of undiscovered particles or forces. This video explains what a muon is, how the Muon g-2 experiment works, and the significance of this result.


Also discuss further on IRC ##physics on freenode



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Support group : Lets get started with some peer support.

OpenLearn : Childhood in the digital age

It is all very well starting a study support forum project such as this. What is important is to make use of it and ask other people for some input to a study question.

To this end, I have started a thread on the Discourse forum to discuss the first question in the above course.

  1. I would genuinely like some input in to this.
  2. This will hopefully test and illustrate why the forum / group idea is beneficial.

Any comments can be placed in the replies of the above thread.

Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond

6th April

Speaker: Christopher Wanjek Description: More than 50 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, why is there so little human presence in space? Will we ever reach Mars? What will it take to become a multi-planet species, colonizing the Solar System and traveling to other stars?

With details here

You can find more upcoming (monthly) lectures below.