The Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) studies some important and perplexing questions: What is dark energy? Can we use wind to power whole cities? How do the smallest biological structures interact with one another? Physics of the Universe, the BNL's web page dedicated to the institution's physics experiments, is particularly fascinating. Readers may explore the page via three "frontiers:" the Energy Frontier, which delves into work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland; the Intensity Frontier, which explains data gathered at the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment in China; and the Cosmology Frontier, which gives an overview of some of the work being done at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile. Physics Research News covers projects and bios, particularly those related to women doing research at Brookhaven.
The Digital Einstein Papers is "an open-access site for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the ongoing publication of Einstein's massive written legacy comprising more than 30,000 unique documents. The site presents all 13 volumes published to date by the editors of the Einstein Papers Project, covering the writings and correspondence of Albert Einstein (1879-1955) from his youth to 1923. The volumes are presented in the original language version with in-depth English language annotation and other scholarly apparatus. In addition, the reader can toggle to an English language translation of most documents. The site will present subsequent volumes in the series roughly two years after original book publication." [Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec.5, 2014]
The Adler Planetarium's collections are now available for searching online in a new database. All of their instruments, works on paper, archives, and books are searchable. There's a small collection of journals also. Use: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/collections/ to explore.
The Particle Adventure is an award-winning site from the Particle Data Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory abounds with information on particle physics. Featuring interactive tours of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors, the content can be read in 16 languages, including Chinese, Norwegian, and Czech. From the homepage, navigate to one of five main categories - The Standard Model, Higgs Boson, Accelerators and Particle Detectors, Exploring Unsolved Mysteries, and Particle Decays and Annihilations. Within each of the five categories, scroll through interactive slide shows to beef up your knowledge of everything subatomic.
The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research. The Energy Department has launched the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science – PAGES – a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication.
The new requirements regarding management of digital research data will appear in funding solicitations and invitations issued by the Office of Science beginning Oct. 1, 2014. A statement of the new requirements, including guidance on the development of a Data Management Plan, can be found on the Office of Science website. Other Energy Department research offices will implement data management plan requirements within the next year.
The libraries have supported researchers in their compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy so I expect we will be doing the same for the other federal agencies as their procedures become clear. If you have questions, I can work on trying to get answers. Certainly, the WU Research Office will be working in this area also.
Washington University Libraries now provides access to ChemBioOffice® Ultra. The ChemBioOffice® software suite equips scientists with a powerful collection of scientifically intelligent personal productivity tools that help them to efficiently keep track of their work. A personal version of E-Notebook, one of the most widely used electronic laboratory notebooks, boosts productivity by replacing paper journals and notebooks with a powerful, searchable and secure solution for recording experiments and their outcomes. For more information, check out the official release: http://www.cambridgesoft.com/literature/PDF/ChemBioOffice.pdf
Primo is the Washington University Libraries' new search tool. It provides one-stop access to the Libraries' collections by searching across hundreds of catalogs, indexes, and databases including: Washington University Libraries' Catalog, articles, journals, and theses; LibGuides; Open Scholarship, articles, reference materials, and e-books from various publishers and aggregators. More info.