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EMC recently ran a competion to find out why John McGuinness, the legendary motorcycle racer known as the "Morecambe Missile", is outperforms the average motorcycle racer. To answer this question, EMC instrumented his bike and his suit with a number of real-time sensors. (Data collected included gear and RPM for the bike, and heart rate and acceleration for the rider.) They did the same for Adam Child, a motorcycle racing journalist who acted as a "control" in this study.

In just four days, the New Horizons probe will finally reach (and fly by) Pluto, and for the first time in more than 25 years give us detailed images of a brand new planet. (Well, dwarf planet.) I've been excited about this mission for years, and can't wait to see what's out there.

In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users.

The R Consortium, a trade group dedicated to the support and growth of the R Community, has launched with the R Foundation, Microsoft, RStudio and others as founding members.

by Andrie de Vries

My experience of UseR!2015 drew to an end shortly after I gave a Kaleidoscope presentation discussing "The Network Structure of CRAN".

In case you missed the news last week, the R Consortium was announced. This new non-profit trade group will work with the R Foundation to support the R Community and the R Project generally.

As you might expect, the announcement generated quite a bit of news in the press. Here are links to some of the coverage:

Here's a quick quiz: what rule is behind the number sequence: 2, 4, 8? This New York Times interactive lets you try to solve the puzzle yourself, and you can also see members of the public try to solve the problem in the Veritasium video below.

If you want to see what the answer is, proceed below the fold...

The latest worldwide R user conference has just wrapped up in Aalborg, Denmark and useR! 2015 was the best yet. A hearty round of applause to the organizers for a smoothly run, informative and fun event. To the organizers of next year's event in the Stanford, California: the bar has been raised.

by Joseph Rickert


Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the R Summit & Workshop, an invitation only event, held at the Copenhagen Business School. The abstracts for the public talks presented are online and well worth a look. Collectively they provide a snapshot of the state of development of R and the R Community as well some insight into the directions in which researchers are moving to expand the boundaries of R.