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Optics, Lasers, and Photonics Articles from IOP

June 3rd, 2014

High-resolution optical imaging and Optical rogue waves are two recent special issues published in Journal of Optics from the Intitute of Physics (IOP) and available to read now. Featuring high-quality invited articles, these special issues offer the latest developments across all areas of pure and applied optics.

IOP is expanding resource in optics, lasers and photonics research including a dedicated Photonics and Lasers IOP Subject Collection, a new Physics World special focus issue including coverage of the largest optical camera ever flown in space, and more than 305,000 articles.

All of the articles are available in both HTML and PDF formats. The PDF files can be downloaded and transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  JPL Library staff is available to compile similar subject bibliographies.  Contact the Library Reference Desk (library@jpl.nasa.gov) or ext. 4-4200 for more information.

Ebooks on Robotics: Technical Aspects

May 22nd, 2014

The JPL Library has a good collection of electronic books on robotics.  In this post, we have listed selected titles with links to different technical aspects.  For general overviews and social aspects, please see the other post.

Mechanical Controls and Physics:

Vision, Language, and Learning:

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be searched and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at Library@jpl.nasa.gov, or call ext 4-4200.

Ebooks on Robotics: General Overviews and Social Aspects

May 22nd, 2014

The JPL Library has a good collection of electronic books on robotics.  In this post, we have listed selected titles with links to two categories within the Robotics: general overviews and social aspects.  For technical aspects of robotics, please see the other post.

Robotic primers and general overviews:

Social and ethical aspects:

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be searched and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at Library@jpl.nasa.gov, or call ext 4-4200.

 

BrowZine: an App That Let's You Read Journals From Anywhere

May 1st, 2014

Do you want to use your tablet to read Science, Nature, AGU journals, IEEE Spectrum, or any of the more than one thousand scholarly journals subscribed by JPL Library from home, on a plane, or just about any place? The JPL Library is now sponsoring BrowZine. BrowZine is a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s scholarly journals, all in a format optimized for your iPad and Android tablet.

Get started in these easy steps:

  • From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play), search for “BrowZine” and download it for free
  • Open BrowZine and select “Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)” from the list of institutions
  • For off-Lab access, you need to have Junos-Pulse app on the same tablet.  See the FAQ below.

Follow this link, click on “Watch How BrowZine Works Video” for a quick overview. Check the Library’s BEACON page for demonstration schedule at the Hub. Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk (library@jpl.nasa.gov or call ext 4-4200) for more information or arrange for demonstration at your Group/Section meeting.

FAQs:

Q: Can I use BrowZine on my personal (non-JPL issued) tablet?

A: Yes.  BrowZine can be downloaded and installed on personal tablets.

Q: What is required for off-Lab access?

A: In addition to BrowZine, you need to have Junos Pulse app installed on the same tablet. Please follow the directions on the JPL IT page for instruction on configuring Junos Pulse for JPL.  It is strongly recommended that you do the configuration while on Lab.  For questions regarding Junos Pulse, please contact the 4HELP desk (ext 4-help)

Q: Is there a version for the laptop computer?

A: This is an app specifically developed for tablets.  For laptop computers (and desktops as well) to access JPL Library subscribed journals off site, please continue to use the Browser Remote Access System.  For more information about accessing Library resources from home, please check the BEACON page on “Connect from home.”

Q: I can’t find BrowZine in the App Store from my smartphone.

A: According to the company, it is currently developing BrowZine for smartphones. When the versions for smartphones are available, we will announce it.

Q: Is this all free?

A: The BrowZine app is free to individuals.  JPL Library pays for the service fee the same way we pay for journal subscriptions.

 

 

July 9, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: Volcano Adventures on the Earth and Beyond

June 16th, 2014

Rosaly Lopes, JPL Senior Research Scientist and Planetary Science Section Manager, will speak Wednesday July 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hub, 111-104.

Rosaly has a passion for volcanoes and a predilection for traveling to see eruptions, and encouraging others to do the same. Come hear about her volcano adventures on Earth, her work on the Galileo mission studying Io’s many active volcanoes, and her current research on the geology of Titan, including mysterious features that  may be ice volcanoes.

June 24, 11:30-1:00, Summer Movie: The American Rockteer

May 23rd, 2014

Beat the heat, and bring your lunch to the Hub (111-104) for movies this Summer.  The JPL Library and Archives are showing the series “Beginnings of the Space Age” during lunch time throughout the Summer.  On June 24, we are showing “The American Rocketeer.”

The American Rocketeer

This video tells the little-known and controversial story of Frank Malina, how one man’s dreams and idealism changed his life, Caltech and the nation.

Today, space probes designed, built and managed within earshot of the first rocket firing on a desolate Southern California canyon wash have reached every planet in our solar system and peered well beyond its boundaries. Each probe carries on it the logo of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But more importantly, each probe carries with it the legacy of scientific and engineering excellence that began some three-quarters of a century ago in an isolated, scrub-strewn gulch northeast of Los Angeles.

On Halloween day in 1936, Malina led a ragtag group of amateur rocket enthusiasts to the Arroyo Seco, where they conducted their first stand-up rocket engine test that would lay the groundwork for the Lab’s founding. Malina’s personal letters, drawings and paintings reveal an extraordinary story of how JPL came to be. Though many other fascinating characters populate “The American Rocketeer,” at its core the film is a personal story of one man’s dream – and how his ideas and idealism put him on a collision course with the world.

June 26, 11:30-12:30, TED Talk Thursday

May 23rd, 2014

It is the age of Big Data, but what do we do with all these information?

And with all the visualizations of the data, can you believe everything you see?

Come to the TED Talks on June 26, watch four intriguing presentations, and join the conversation!

 

 

 

June 11, 18, 25, 11:30-12:00, Library and Hub Orientation

May 23rd, 2014

Come for a half hour overview of the Hub and Library services.