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Nature Specials: Sustainability, Interdisciplinarity, and Nobel Prize

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 NatureNature 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.

Climate Studies Resources: Databases, Journals, and Ebooks

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:

Additional resources are also available. Contact the Library Reference Desk, ext 4-4200, for more information.

Implication of water on Mars, Link to the Paper

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:

Spectral evidence for hydrated salts in recurring slope lineae on Mars, Nature Geosciencedoi:10.1038/ngeo2546



Paper Records Inventory (PRI) System Upgrade

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.