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Asteroids, Comets, Meteoroids!

January 10th, 2017

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  Our licenses with publishers prohibits redistribution, so if you would like to recommend books to your colleagues, please ask them to download their

Ebooks on Big Data and Data Science

January 3rd, 2017


SharedIt: A New and Legal Way to Share Articles

December 20th, 2016

Researchers and authors like to share articles with their colleagues from different institutions. But not every institution subscribes to the same journals, therefore access to full text may not always be available. Some people get around this problem by either emailing a static PDF copy or posting preprints to either their personal web page or their institution’s repository. Commercial publishers have been hesitant to open up access for fear of loss revenue, but researchers and institutions want to open up access to facilitate information exchange and broaden their impact.

After a 12-months pilot test, the publisher Springer Nature has come up with a solution call “SharedIt“. It is a special link that leads to an read-only PDF copy of the article. The recipient can read the article online, but can not download, print, or resend the article. This link can be emailed or posted on social media. In the example below, be sure to email or post the Shareable Link “







Journals that have this feature include:

  • Applied Physic
    Astrophysics and Space Science
    Autonomous Robots
    Boundary-Layer Meteorology
    Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
    Climate Dynamics
    Climatic Change
    Current Climate Change Reports
    Earth, Moon, and Planets
    Earth, Planets and Space
    Experimental Astronomy
    GPS Solutions
    Journal of Electronic Materials
    Journal of Geodesy
    Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves
    Journal of Low Temperature Physics
    Journal of Materials Science
    Nature Climate Change
    Nature Communications
    Nature Geoscience
    Nature Materials
    Nature Nanotechnology
    Nature Photonics
    Nature Physics
    Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
    Solar Physics
    Space Science Reviews
    Surveys in Geophysics


2016 Year in Review: Science and Technology

December 20th, 2016

It is the time of the year again, looking back at 2016, what are some of the significant discoveries and achievements in the broad scope of science and technology? Following are what some editors and contributors think:

  • 2016, The Year in Science.
    • Nature Magazine’s special issue highlighting the special people, events, and discoveries that made a difference in 2016.
  • Breakthrough of the Year.
    • It is not easy to pick the most significant breakthroughs of the year, here is what Science Magazine says as a caveat: “…Many discoveries take years to catch fire; others seem exciting but never fulfill their promise. And even when something big happens in science, it’s not always obvious exactly when and where the “breakthrough” took place. “
  • 10 Breakthrough Technologies.
    • MIT Technology Review editors picked 10 emerging technologies that have a chance at solving big problems or opening up new opportunities.
  • The Biggest Scientific Discoveries of 2016
    • Gizmodo makes its picks here.
  • 2016 in Science.
    • Wikipedia has a different approach. Instead of a group of editors picking a short list, contributors to this article list events as they happen through the year.