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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
October 15th, 2013
The next TED Talk Thursday is scheduled for October 24th, from 11:30 am to 12:30, at the Hub at BEACON Information Commons (111-104).
Come and see what Tom Nolan, the self-described “wondering wanderer” has selected for this month. Tom hosted the September TED Talk, and led engaging discussions during and after the Talks. So bring your lunch, join the conversation, you never know when or where the next clever idea will emerge.
Should any of the talks inspire you to explore a new area of study, check out the resources and services JPL Library and Archives can offer. Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200, email email@example.com., or leave a comment here.
October 11th, 2013
October 30th, 2013 at 4:30pm
Charles Whetsel, Manager of the Mars Program Formulation Office, (former Member of the Mars Observer Spacecraft Team Systems “Unit”) and Julie Webster, Cassini Spacecraft Operations Manager (former Lead of the Mars Observer Spacecraft Telecom Team), will present “The Day We Lost Mars Observer”. It has been more than 20 years since the loss of Mars Observer (MO) and it is high time to tell the story! Charles Whetsel and Julie Webster will share their personal stories of Mars Observer, the day we lost MO and some of the aftermath and lessons learned. Come and share that time with us!
October 8th, 2013
Did you know…
During the 1940s and 1950s, JPL used the word “computer” to refer to a person, rather than a machine, and there was an all-female Computing section. These women did theoretical calculations, plotted data coming from spacecraft, and later did programming in FORTRAN for JPL missions at the time. On October 15th, a group of former “computers” and the writer who is collecting their stories will visit the Lab.
JPL Archives is hosting a “Meet and Greet” from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Hub (111-104). Come chat with them and listen to their stories about working at JPL more than 50 years ago.
Here are a couple links to articles and photos about them:
Here are a couple quotes from Conway’s article; they demonstrated how time has change.
“…By the 1950s, well before the advent of the desktop computer, it wasn’t unusual for young women around the United States to be hired out of high school to do calculations.”
“…the male engineers largely didn’t want to do the programming themselves in the 1960s. It was still considered “women’s work,” not part of an engineer’s job description. So the group began to code and run programs for calculating trajectories to the planets, for various Earth orbits and other tasks assigned them by the Lab’s engineers. “