November 25th, 2013
Following is a list of important journals in atmospheric science and meteorology. The JPL Library provides subscriptions to all of them.
You can set up a Table -of-Content alert for each of the above journals. For setting up alerts or any other questions, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk, ext 4-4200 or email library.jpl.nasa.gov, for assistance.
November 21st, 2013
On November 21, Tony Freeman, Manager of the JPL Innovation Foundry, selected three TED Talks, and about 20 people gathered at the Hub to watch them together.
Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction — that now may not be so fictitious.
What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data, gathered in new ways.
The next TED Talk Thursday will be held in January 2014, and Tony will select another set of Talks to share. TED Talk Thursday is open to all, and anyone interested in hosting future sessions please contact Dudee Chiang at JPL Library, email@example.com, for more information.
November 8th, 2013
From JPL Library’s ebook collection on astronomy and physics, there are several books aimed at the general public. These books will make your star-gazing more informative and interesting, whether you are in your backyard or at one of the national or state parks. You can download these books from within the JPL Network, then put them on your mobile device.
- 1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die
- Amateur Telescope Making in the Internet Age: Finding Parts, Getting Help, and More
- Astronomical Cybersketching
- Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope
- The Cosmic Keyhole: : How astronomy is unlocking the secrets of the universe.
- Deep-Sky Video Astronomy
- Go-To Telescopes Under Suburban Skies
- How to Photograph the Moon and Planets with Your Digital Camera
- Hunting and Imaging Comets
- Make Time for the Stars: Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life
- The Moon in Close-up: A Next Generation Astronomer’s Guide
- Mythology of the Night Sky: An Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to the Ancient Greek and Roman Legends
- The Power of Stars
- The Rainbow Sky: An Exploration of Colors in the Solar System and Beyond
- The Science and Art of Using Telescopes
- The Sky at Night
- Stars Above, Earth Below: A guide to astronomy in the national parks.
- The Sun Recorded Through History
- Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore
- Weird Astronomy
All of the above ebooks are from the publisher Springer, and it has made one big improvement on its web site. You can now download a whole book with one click, instead of chapter by chapter! If you are interested in finding more ebooks on this or any other topics, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext. 4-4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
November 5th, 2013
As JPL celebrates the 30 years of the launch of space-based infrared telescope (IRAS), here are a few ebooks from the JPL Library collection related to surveying the sky with infrared telescopes:
- Near-infrared Oganic Materials and Emerging Applications, 2013
- Solar and Infrared Radiation Measurements, 2012
- Astronomical Photometry: Past, Present, and Future, 2011
- Infrared Optics and Zoom Lenses, 2009
Optical Design: Applying the Fundamentals, 2009
Optical Engineering Fundamentals, 2009
Principles of Astronomical Telescope Design, 2009
- Mapping the galaxy and nearby galaxies, 2008
- Field Guide to Infrared Systems, 2006
- ISO Science Legacy: a Compact Review of ISO Major Achievements, 2005
If you are interested in finding more ebooks on this or any other topics, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext. 4-4200 or email email@example.com
November 14th, 2013
NASA Scientific Technical Information (STI) Program Office has announced that the NASA Aeronautics & Space Database (NA&SD) will be retired as of November 22nd, and it will be replaced with a new information management system called NTRS Registered.
On November 25th, the NASA STI Office will host a teleconference to introduced the new NTRS Registered to all current users. The JPL Library will show the session at the front part of the Hub at BEACON Information Commons (111-104). Anyone interested to learn about the NTRS Registered system is welcome to attend the session.
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November 14th, 2013
December 4th at 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Hub, 111-104.
Luke Johnson, JPL Media Designer, will present “Robotic Deer, Purple Rocket Ships, and Vanity License Plates: A Conversation about Culture at JPL”.
In the summer of 2011, Luke Johnson set out to walk to every building on Lab in numerical order – a task that took 22 hours at a walking distance of 52.2 miles over 4 days. This curiosity-led experiment resulted in the creation of a map and smartphone app dubbed the Mysteries and Curiosities project.
Luke will tell the background story behind this project, focusing on the creativity, chutzpah, and entrepreneurial spirit required of design practices today (if not of all disciplines). He will also share his thoughts, from the lens of an artist/designer, on what it is like to communicate and understand a organization’s culture that is primarily focused on science.
Finally, Luke will share the latest installment of the Mysteries Project through three new projects that look at the Lab’s culture through three very different perspectives- that of children, summer interns, and the employees themselves.
For information on the JPL Stories series click here or contact Teresa Bailey at 4-9233.
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November 13th, 2013
The next TED Talk Thursday is scheduled for November 21st, from 11:30 am to 12:30, at the Hub at BEACON Information Commons (111-104).
Anthony Freeman, Manager of JPL Innovation Foundry, will be the host this time. Come see what he has chosen to show the group, and join the conversation. You never know where and how the next brilliant idea will emerge! We know we can see TED Talks from the comfort of our offices, but the idea of TED Talk Thursday is to have face to face gathering with other people at the Lab, where thoughts and ideas can be bounced and shared. So take a walk and come to the Hub. By the way, bring your lunch, too.
Should any of the talks inspire you to explore a new area of study, check out the resources and services from the JPL Library and Archives. Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200, email firstname.lastname@example.org., or leave a comment here.
October 31st, 2013
Apple has redesigned the look and feel of their new operating system, iOS 7, and added several new capabilities. Bring your Apple mobile device and join Kevin Reelfs, Operations & Engineering Manager from OCIO, for an Explore IT Workshop to learn about the features, tips, and tricks that can save you time while increasing your productivity.
This workshop is sponsored by the Office of Chief Information Officer. For more question and regarding this and future Explore IT Workshops, please contact the Help Desk at 4-HELP.