November 2nd, 2015
Every so often, editors at Nature Magazine compile special issues on selected topics, with articles and news from current issues and archives. Here are a few Nature Specials:
- Sustainability: Pollution, climate change, depleted water reserves and a reduction in biodiversity are among the most alarming consequences of the harm inflicted on the environment by humans’ uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources. The extent of damage is huge and will affect the well-being of future generations. This selection of News, Comment, Review and Research articles from Nature explores the priorities for building a sustainable future. Published in April 2015.
- Interdisciplinarity: Scientists and social scientists are coming together to solve the grand challenges. Nature scrutinises the data on interdisciplinary work and looks at its history, meaning, and funding. A case study and a profile explore the rewards of breaking boundaries; meanwhile we present five principles for working across disciplines. Published in September 2015.
- 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics: The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”.In celebration, editors have drawn together a Collection of content from Nature, Nature Physics and Nature Communications. Some items are linked directly to the prize-winning discovery, others paint in interesting details of the neutrino story — which begins with Wolfgang Pauli’s postulation in the 1930s and continues today in a variety of imaginative experiments around the world.
October 29th, 2015
- ProQuest Natural Science Collection: An extensive database containing full text and records of journal articles, trade magazines, book chapters and websites related to earth sciences, environmental studies, meteorology and geosciences. In addition to scientific and technical resources, this database also include journals and web sites related to policies and social economical aspects.
- Web of Science: A database for records of scholarly journals from all subjects and disciplines. Links to the full text article is available if JPL subscribes to the electronic journal.
Selected Electronic Journals:
Selected Electronic Books:
- Microgrids: architecture and control, 2014
- A case for climate engineering, 2013
- Abrupt impacts of climate change: anticipating surprises, 2013
- Climate change 2013 : the physical science basis : summary for policymakers : Working Group I contribution to the IPCC fifth assessment report, 2013
- Design with the desert : conservation and sustainable development, 2013
- Engineering response to climate change, 2nd ed., 2013
- Fundamentals of glacier dynamics, 2013
- Hydrology and hydroclimatology: principles and applications, 2013
- Statistical analysis of climate series : analyzing, plotting, modeling, and predicting with R, 2013
- CO2 storage in carboniferous formations and abandoned coal mines, 2012
- Inside energy : developing and managing an ISO 50001 energy management system, 2012
- Dams and reservoirs under changing challenges, 2011
- Frontiers in understanding climate change and polar ecosystems : report of a workshop, 2011
- Numerical techniques for global atmospheric models, 2011
- Remote sensing of coastal environments, 2010
- Renewable energy and climate change, 2010
- Social-environmental planning : the design interface between everyforest and everycity, 2010
- Systems practice : how to act in a climate change world, 2010
- A vast machine : computer models, climate data, and the politics of global warming, 2010
- Clouds in the perturbed climate system : their relationship to energy balance, atmospheric dynamics, and precipitation, 2009
- Transportation in a climate-constrained world, 2009
Additional resources are also available. Contact the Library Reference Desk, ext 4-4200, email@example.com for more information.
September 28th, 2015
Here is the link to the Nature Geoscience article, published on September 28, that is the background of the day’s big NASA announcement:
September 23rd, 2015
On Monday, Sept. 28 the Paper Records Inventory application — which supports records storage, retrieval and return of inactive paper records to off-site storage — will be on a new user-friendly interface.
All data and records will be migrated to the new system. Some improvements include advanced search for storage request and box searches. There is also a new “my submissions” feature, which displays all the requests that you have created in the system.
For help using the application, please call the JPL Records help desk at ext. 4-5469 or visit the Records Management page.
For technical assistance, contact the JPL IT service desk: 4-HELP.
August 31st, 2015
JPL Stories Presents:
An Adventure with Spirit: the ultimate tale of an intrepid rover
Presented by: Dr. John Callas, Project Manager, Mars Exploration Rovers
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM
@ the HUB, Building 111-104
Contact was lost with Spirit on March 22, 2010 after six years of operation from this 90-day rover. The circumstances that ultimately led the loss began years before the rover’s end, with Spirit’s survival always in question. But it was those same challenges to survival that resulted in Spirit’s greatest discoveries. Come hear the story of survival and discovery on the surface of the Red Planet.
The JPL Stories program, sponsored by the Library, Archives, and Records Section, celebrates the Lab’s unique environment and history, and provides an informal way for JPLers to share their stories with each other. For more information about the JPL Stories series, if you have a JPL story to tell, or if you have suggestions for future stories, contact Teresa Bailey, x49233.
August 31st, 2015
Summer is winding down, and Fall is coming. The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for September 10th and 11th, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hub on each day.
The JPL Library receives returned “desk copies” and occasional book donations from employees. After adding the appropriate ones to the library’s collection, there are duplicate copies and slightly out-of-scope books remaining. The “Desk Copy Exchange” is for all JPLers; come take a look and provide a new home to the books so that they are useful again!
There are books on sciences, engineering, business management, and computer applications. The Exchange will be held on September 10th and 11th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.
August 10th, 2015
The Office of the Chief Information Officer is sponsoring a presentation about Mathematica at the Hub. Watch for announcements from OCIO.
August 5th, 2015
Monthly meet up of JPL open developers. Contact David Mittman for more information.