Continuing “Joe’s Answer Bag Week”:
What sciency apps would you recommend for the science-interested iPhone owner?
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Most days, I use my iPhone and iPad almost as much as my computer. I’ve gulped down a big glass of Apple flavored Kool-Aid, and I love it.
There’s a plethora of science apps available for iOS devices, and I’m sure I won’t cover them all. But here’s a few of my favorites (keep your eye on the notes down below as I’m sure lots of people will chime in with their favorites, too):
- NASA has a great free educational app where you can track spacecraft and learn about projects.
- For skywatching, I never look up without my iPad and GoSkyWatch, which is inexplicably free for the iPad only version (and a very underpriced $3.99 for iPhone/iPad compatible version). Seriously, it will change your life. Point it at something, it tells you what it is. It even draws constellations and has a red low-light mode.
- Molecules lets you input any Protein Data Bank or PubChem molecule identifier and then renders a 3-D version that you can rotate, zoom and space-fill. Must-have for molecular noodling on the fly.
- Biophilia may cost $12.99, but it’s the best music+science combo project ever made, plus Björk! Total bio-porn.
- Again, The Elements is pretty pricey for an app at $13.99, but it’s bar none the best app for exploring the periodic table.
- The HHMI Click and Learn app has good biology modules from Howard Hughes, so you know it’s trusted. The HHMI Bulletin is a great science magazine too (free!).
In The Lab:
- There’s actually useful apps to get stuff done in lab! Life Technologies has a useful app called DailyCalcs that will calculate solution concentrations, convert units, figure out dilutions and give you cell culture plating tips. Nothing you couldn’t look up or figure out on a paper towel, but nice to have it handy for free.
- If you’re like me and you have to keep track of a lot of PDFs and research papers, I’m still torn on whether Mendeley or Papers is better. I use both, and I like both. One is free, of course.
- I use the iPhone onboard timer a lot. Simple, but useful.
- WolframAlpha: There’s Wolfram reference support built into Siri, but the full app is like a math search engine/calculator/reference guide all in one. Very cool.
- Skeptical Science will help you refute climate deniers right from your pocket!
What else you guys got? Notice I did not add Angry Birds Space to the list, although I gladly would in exchange for a free download, because every man has a price.
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