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The FT Data section of the Financial Times now has a neat interactive unemployment tracker (free but onerous registration required) that lets you explore employment rates and trends in EU member countries from 2004-2013:

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April 17, 2015

The R Core Team announced yesterday that the latest update to R, R 3.2.0 (codename: "Full of Ingredients") is now available. As of this writing the source bundle is available for download, but Mac and Windows binaries aren't yet available. You should be able to download them from your local CRAN mirror in the next day or so.

by Joseph Rickert

Tracking R user group meetings is a good way to stay informed about what's happening in the R world. On Tuesday the Bay Area useR Group (BARUG) met at AdRoll in San Francisco. It was a mini-conference with 6 talks:

R is already in use in well over 100 cities around the world, and now we can add another to the list: Yangon, Myanmar. Ben Marwick is a trainer with Software Carpentry (a non-profit organization devoted to improving basic computing skills among researchers in science, engineering, medicine, and other disciplines), and last month he visited the University of Yangon to teach 23 archaeologists how to use R.

Space is big. Really big. And, surprisingly, is still seems positively enormous even at the speed of light. Hop on this spaceship of the imagination, ignore the effects of time dilation, and follow a photon from the sun to beyond Jupiter in this humbling video by Alphonse Swinehart:

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

Overview of "Targeted learning" packages for R, including SuperLearner and tmle. 

The 7 most common R error messages, by frequency of mentions on StackOverflow.

It's nice to see my current favourite Australian band, Boy and Bear, starting to get some traction over here in the States. The single from their latest album, Southern Sun, is excellent — but what I really wanted to share is the music video:

Hadley Wickham and the RStudio team have created some new packages for R, which will be very useful for anyone who needs to read data into R (that is, everyone). The readr package provides functions for reading text data into R, and the readxl package provides functions for reading Excel spreadsheet data into R. Both are much faster than the functions you're probably using now.