The 2014 State of the Union address focused on topics such as energy, climate change, education, and gun violence. The National Academies Press (NAP) provides resources directly related to these national issues. NAP has posted the full transcript of the President’s speech, annotated with lists of related reports from the Academy. PDFs of the reports can be downloaded free by individuals.
If you missed the January TED Talk Thursday at the Hub on January 16th, here are the Talks selected by Jeffrey Nosanov:
- Boaz Almog: The levitating superconductor.
How can a super-thin 3-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail — completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss.
- Diane Nyad: Never, never give up
In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that’s how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida — at age 64. Hear her story.
Frederic Kaplan: How to build an information time machine
Imagine if you could surf Facebook … from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years.
- Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire actions
Fascinated by the leaders who make impact in the world, companies and politicians with the capacity to inspire, Simon Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns in how they think, act and communicate.
TED Talk Thursday is open to all. If you have a few favorite Talks and would like to spread them to other JPLers, you can be a host, too. Please contact Dudee Chiang at JPL Library, email@example.com, for more information.
Beginning in January 2014, Web of Science, the multidisciplinary database for scholarly journal articles, has a new look. The initial search screen has been simplified, but all the search and display capabilities are still available. There are several ways to become comfortable with the new interface:
- Watch selected short videos from this page. Topics include “Quick Tour of the New Web of Science,” “Search Tips,” “Citation Report and the h-index,” and several others.
- Sign up for a free, one-hour webinar. Be sure to pick your preferred language and time.
- Attend an in-person workshop at the Hub, scheduled for late February. Check back for more details.
You can always contact the Library Reference Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org or call extion 4-4200) for any specific question.
December and January is a good time to review the accomplishment of the past year, and look forward to new trends for the coming year. Gathered here on this page are “Year in Review for 2013″ from several journals subscribed by the JPL Library:
- From Science Magazine, Breakthrough of the Year 2013.
- The accompanying article on Notable Developments includes Breakout (Voyager 1) , Breakup (Siberian meteor blast), and Breakdown of the year!
- From Nature, 2013 Editors Choice.
- From MIT Technology Review, 10 Breakthrough Technologies in 2013.
Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk (email@example.com or call ext 4-4200) for your research questions and support. Leave comments about any of these reviews here.