Author Archives: David Bigwood

Book Suggestions Needed for Ages 5-7, 8-13

We need your help in creating a book list for one of our new Explore! modules! We want children (ages 5-13) to experience the nation through literature. We’re looking for fiction books that give a sense of what the environment, weather, climate, dress, lifestyle, and crops, etc. are like. We are grouping the books by region of the U.S.:

  • New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Southeast
  • South
  • Midwest/Ohio Valley
  • High Plains
  • Southwest
  • Northwest
  • Arctic

Here’s our list so far:

  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Chasing Redbird and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola
  • Alabama Moon by Watt Key
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Lorenzo and the Turncoat by Lila Guzman and Rick Guzma
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

We appreciate any suggestions or feedback on our current list. Email us at

List of Journals Available from the Library

We have redone our A-Z journal list. If you are responsible for a earth or space science publication do we have good information for your publication, links and RSS on our list? Comments welcomed.

I don’t understand why any publication would not provide an RSS feed. The Open Journal System and WordPress both supply one as part of the publishing process. No effort required. I was less surprised that so few sites provide citations that I can import into my citation manager (either Zotero or Mendeley). Still, that seems short-sighted. I’d think publishers would want their materials as widely and easily available as possible. RSS and COinS (Content Objects in Spans) make it simple for other machines to use and present the papers.

From Earth to the Solar System Imagery

NASA has made a collection of images available in connection with the Year of the Solar System. Welcome to From Earth to the Solar System (FETTSS)!

This site is home to a collection of high resolution images that showcase the discoveries and excitement of planetary exploration, with a focus on the origin and evolution of the Solar System and the search for life.

You are enthusiastically invited to download them and use them to create and host an exhibition in your area!

The 90+ images in the collection were chosen for their scientific significance and sheer beauty. After browsing through, if you’re interested in hosting an exhibition in your area, please contact us!

VIVO, National Network of Scientists

Some interesting work linking researchers is being done with VIVO. The National Network enables the discovery of researchers across institutions. Participants in the network include institutions with local installations of VIVO or those with research discovery and profiling applications that can provide semantic web-compliant data. The information accessible through VIVO’s search and browse capability will reside and be controlled locally, within institutional VIVOs or other semantic web-compliant applications.

VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond. VIVO supports browsing and a search function which returns faceted results for rapid retrieval of desired information. Content in any local VIVO installation may be maintained manually, brought into VIVO in automated ways from local systems of record, such as HR, grants, course, and faculty activity databases, or from database providers such as publication aggregators and funding agencies.

Physics for the 21st Century

Physics for the 21st Century is a course in modern physics for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and science enthusiasts. Explore the frontiers of physics research with the scientists on the front lines in this 11-unit course in modern physics for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and science enthusiasts.

Dark matter, string theory, particle accelerators, and other big topics in modern physics come together in this 11-part multimedia course for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and all adults who are fascinated by physics and cosmology. The course covers a broad scale, from sub-atomic particle physics, through atomic and molecular physics, to cosmology. The 11 video programs feature 22 case studies of researchers from leading research labs and universities who are breaking new ground in their fields. An extensive companion Web site provides background information and concepts found in a printable online textbook, interactive simulations, a course facilitator’s guide, and multiple other resources.

Produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group in association with the Harvard University Department of Physics. 2010. The topics explored include:

The Basic Building Blocks of Matter
The Fundamental Interactions
String Theory and Extra Dimensions
The Quantum World
Macroscopic Quantum Mechanics
Manipulating Light
Emergent Behavior in Quantum Matter
Dark Matter
Dark Energy

Galileo Lecture Series

The talks from the Galileo Lecture series from Radio New Zealand are freely available in both Ogg Vorbis and MP3 formats.

The Galileo Lecture series is produced by Radio New Zealand National in partnership with the Royal Society of New Zealand. It celebrates the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, marking 400 years since Galileo used a telescope to view the solar system and transformed our understanding of Earth’s place in the Universe.

This six-part series plays in our Sunday Feature slot beginning on 13 September 2009. Each lecture will be available on demand and for podcast after broadcast.

Galileo Lecture 1 – Galileo’s Telescope by Associate Professor Ruth Barton, The University of Auckland

Galileo Lecture 2 – The mystery of the first stars by Dr Grant Christie MNZM, Research Astronomer, Stardome Observatory.

Galileo Lecture 3 – The search for other planets, other lifeAlan Gilmore, Mt John Observatory, University of Canterbury

Galileo Lecture 4 – Comets and asteroids: clues to our origin and threats to our survival by Professor Jack Baggaley FRAS FRSNZ, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury

Galileo Lecture 5 – Neutrinos: Ghosts of the Universe by Dr Jenni Adams, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury.

Galileo Lecture 6 – The Square Kilometre Array by Brian Boyle, Director, Australian National Telescope Facility

LROC Quickmap

There is a new LROC browse interface, Quickmap. Start at reduced WAC resolution and end up on the surface at full NAC resolution.

Some features include:

  • Context map (lower right) for simple navigation
  • Ability to zoom in/out
  • Ability to use arrow keys to move around in the map
  • Ability to zoom in a region by holding shift key down and highlight region of interest

LPSC Videos

Videos of talks and scientists discussing their work were made at the recent 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC).

  • NRC Planetary Decadal Survey 2013-2022
  • NASA Briefing by Dr. James Green
  • Georgiana Kramer, Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Juliane Gross, Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • James Head, Brown University
  • Everett Gibson, Johnson Space Center
  • James Green and Steve Squyres Press Conference
  • Masursky Lecture with Dr. Robin M. Canup “Formation of Planetary Satellites”