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Mar 18, 9AM-12PM, Site Maintenance

March 15th, 2017

BEACON Information Commons website (including BEACON Express) will undergo scheduled maintenance from 9AM-12PM PDT on Saturday, March 18.

Library Journals and Database services will not be affected.

J. of Physics: Condensed Matter Selected Papers from 2016

February 28th, 2017

The editors at Journal of Physics: Condensed Maters has highlighted several 2016 papers to demonstrate their scope and editorial standards. These papers are further grouped into several topic areas:

  • Surfaces and interfaces
  • Soft matter, biophysics and fluids
  • Nanostructures and nanoelectronics
  • Structure, dynamics and phase transitions
  • Physics of materials
  • And more

Seven Exoplanets Near TRAPPIST-1: The Original Paper

February 22nd, 2017

Here is the original paper from Nature on the discovery of the seven planets near the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1:

“Seven temperate terrestrial planets around the nearby ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1”.  Michaël Gillon et al.  Nature 542, 456–460doi:10.1038/nature21360



Finding NASA and Other Standards

February 8th, 2017

Did you know that JPL employees have a single point of access to technical standards, tools, and best practices?  The NASA Technical Standards Program’s (NTSP) Standards System, sponsored by the Office of the NASA Chief Engineer, provides one-stop access to a wide range of standards, including those from NASA, NASA Centers, ISO (International Standards Organization) and other major standards organization.  The URL for the site is []

NASA and Center Standards, Technical Memoradums (TM) and Technical Reports (TRs) can all be accessed from this site.

If the standard you are looking for is not displayed in one of the pages from this site, you can login then search for it.  To login, you need your NASA LaunchPad ID.  If that standard is NOT in the subscribed collection, there is a provision to request it right there (usually pretty quick, a few days).

NOTE that standards suppliers typically watermark and/or footer standards that users download, with the user’s name, date, etc. – the standards are NOT intended to be distributed further.

At JPL, the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer is the contact for questions regarding NASA and JPL Standards.

P.S. If you are looking for IEEE Standards, they are also available through the JPL Library’s subscription to IEEE Explore.