Monthly Archives: June 2013

The National Map

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is currently testing procedures for volunteers to collect and update USGS geographic data. A prototype online editor has been developed to allow volunteers to contribute data to The National Map and The National Structures Dataset. All that is needed is access to the Internet and a willingness to dedicate some time editing map data.

For the past year, volunteers have been updating data in Colorado with great results. Volunteers can now contribute data for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. You do not need to live in available states to participate. USGS editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.

Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkits Available for Order

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit. The toolkit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year’s event theme, “Mapping Our World.” Materials include the traditional program poster and school-year activity calendar, as well as materials from distinguished program partners such as NASA, the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, Esri, and professional geoscientific societies. This year’s toolkit provides students with the opportunity to learn about the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences.

Earth Science Week 2013 will be celebrated October 13–19. Find out more at the AGI Earth Science Week website.

Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series 2013-2014

Upcoming lectures for the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series for 2013-2014 have just been announced. Join us for The Universe is Out to Get Us and What We Can (or Can’t) Do About It.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Daniel Baker, University of Colorado at Boulder; Dr. David Kring, Lunar and Planetary Institute; Dr. Jeffrey Silverman, The University of Texas at Austin; and Dr. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute.

Planetary News

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is pleased to announce Planetary News — informational news for the planetary science community. Planetary News is an interactive forum and encourages discussion on articles. Sign in with your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google account and make a comment. Subscribe and opt-in to receive a free weekly e-mail digest with the latest informational news from NASA, international space agencies, and other news sources.

New and Improved NASA Technical Report Server

The NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS) has been updated with a new look and features including an enhanced record display that shows author affiliations, sponsorship, and document type; a new Search History display that lists all searches conducted during a search session and allows users to quickly recall a previous search for display or further refinement; the ability to search organization names from the advanced search form; and the ability to flag multiple records of interest from a search-results display and create a new set containing the flagged items.

Big Picture Science

The Big Picture Science radio show and podcast engages the public with modern science research through lively and intelligent storytelling. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull–the only dry thing about the program is the humor!

Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style. What came before the Big Bang? How does memory work? Will our descendants be human or machine? What’s the origin of humor? Check out this weekly one-hour radio magazine that reveals science as an adventure. (Show archives are online.)