Monthly Archives: September 2012

ADS Labs

ADS Labs is a new interface built on the original ADS Abstract Databases, so all of ADS’s content is available through it. ADS Labs currently features a streamlined interface for abstract searches, new ranking options and support for advanced searches, filtering of results based on a variety of criteria, interactive visualizations of paper and author networks, recommendations and notifications, and impact evaluation via bibliometric summaries. Please keep in mind that ADS Labs is work in progress, so expect changes in the looks and functionality of these services.


Think you’ve found a meteorite? Need some information and images to help you identify it? The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis offers an online Photo Gallery of Meteorwrongs.

This gallery of over 300 photos includes with each image a short explanation of why it most likely is not a meteorite. Other “meteorwrong” and meteorite identification websites are also listed.


StarDate is the public education and outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. The StarDate radio program airs daily on more than 300 stations and also airs in Spanish. The popular bimonthly StarDate magazine is the perfect skywatching companion for amateur astronomers or anyone interested in celestial events and space exploration, and the website offers astronomy resources to teachers, the media, and the public.

NASA Technical Reports Server

The NASA Technical Reports Server, or NTRS, is a valuable resource for researchers, students, educators, and the public that can be used to access NASA’s current and historical technical literature and engineering results. Over 500,000 aerospace-related citations, over 200,000 full-text online documents, and over 500,000 images and videos are available. NTRS content continues to grow as new scientific and technical information (STI) is created or funded by NASA. The types of information found in the NTRS include conference papers, journal articles, meeting papers, patents, research reports, images, movies, and technical videos.