Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thoughtful authors for inquiring readers: activism, catastrophe, insurgency, and the ephemera of life on this lucky planet

The new book shelf is brimming with books full of big ideas to challenge your thinking.  Here are just a few titles to get you started:

So many wonderful books awaiting your discerning and thoughtful response!  Living on this lucky planet calls us to pay attention to what is important and what needs to be done to sustain life and a healthy, holistic environment.  These authors can help along the way.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Publication on Kerr black hole momentum by Assistant Professor of Physics Robert Owen

Recently published:  Lovelace, G; Scheel, MA; Owen, Robert, Physics & Astronomy Dept; Giesler, M; et al. 2015.

Nearly extremal apparent horizons in simulations of merging black holes.
Classical and Quantum Gravity 32(6):065007  [A journal from Institute of Physics @ IoPScience]

Partial abstract:
The spin angular momentum S of an isolated Kerr black hole is bounded by the surface area A of its apparent horizon: 8 pi S A. We show that the overspun surfaces are indeed superextremal: our lower bound on their Booth-Fairhurst extremality exceeds unity. However, we confirm that these superextremal surfaces are always surrounded by marginally outer trapped surfaces (i.e., by apparent horizons) with 8 pi S < A. The extremality lower bound on the enclosing apparent horizon is always less than unity but can exceed the value for an extremal Kerr black hole.

Access on the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

GeoScienceWorld E-Books added to OBIS

The library has added nearly 90 new titles to our e-book collection, from the provider GeoScienceWorld - also known as GSW.  The easiest way to browse these titles is through OBIS, with a keyword search on GSW.

Here are just three of the new titles, from three different publishers:

Energy resources for human settlement in the solar system and earth's future in space / edited by William A. Ambrose, James F. Reilly II, and Douglas C. Peters.  American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2013

Insights into the Michigan Basin : salt deposits, impact structure, youngest basin bedrock, glacial geomorphology, dune complexes, and coastal bluff stability / edited by Robb Gillespie.  Geological Society of America, 2013

Minerals at the Nanoscale / edited by F. Nieto, K.J.T. Livi, and R. Oberti
Imprint London : Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland, 2013

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Science Advances: new open access journal from AAAS and Science.

Science Advances: significant research, open access
A "new generation" journal has been welcomed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, publisher of the highly respected, high impact journal Science.  Science Advances was officially launched last month, as the open access addition to the Science family of journals.  From today's email announcement:
"Science Advances features high quality, peer-reviewed research across the sciences—in an open access, digital-only format.  Science Advances welcomes research from all disciplines, providing top-tier peer review, expert editing, and rapid publication—all for one low fee."
It is an exciting move for Science and the AAAS, and the first bevy of articles are tantalizing in both content and ease of access.  This random sample of summation statements taken from the website hints at the diversity of research areas that are and will be represented in the new journal.  Take a look!
"Aversive experiences summated during fighting in crickets activate the NO signaling pathway, which promotes the decision to flee and results in post-conflict depression of aggression.
"Dating of coral tombs sheds light on ancient trans-oceanic civilization.
"Ice core records show that anthropogenic Pb pollution levels from road traffic in South America exceed those of any historical metallurgy.
"Ancient Mesoamerican settlements obey the same scaling laws as modern cities despite vast differences in economy, technology and political organization.
"Evidence suggests that Western North America will be drier at the end of the 21st century than any period of the last 1000 years.
"An analysis of networks of graduate-to-faculty hires reveals systematic hiring biases and patterns."  -- from the list of archived articles.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Endocannabinoids, heresy, algal biotechnology, chemistry teaching, the golden mole, morality and fossil fuels - such a wide range of topics in a small shipment of books.

Today's shipment of new books is delightful in terms of its reach into diverse areas of study:  diving deep into science during the Victorian area before leaping into the latest findings on the endocannabinoidome; then hopping through discourses on designing a chemistry teaching lab, controlling communicable diseases, understanding environmental conflict through the lens of mountaintop mining, the evolution of animal weapons and plants thriving in seemingly impossible conditions.  It's a wonderful example of the breadth and depth of the science library collection - come check it out!  See the new book list.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chemical whimsy to transport you away

"Elements of chemical whimsy" can transport you away when you "encounter them amidst the serious business of science."  This is the premise of a new volume in the American Chemical Society Symposium Series: A Festival of Chemistry Entertainments, edited by Jack Stocker and Natalie Foster.

There are, indeed, little gems of witty observations and rye humor here.  It will be most meaningful to readers with a nodding acquaintance to chemistry - but not only to those chemically minded individuals.  Read about the cat who co-published a seminal paper in low temperature physics, a parody published by the distinguished German journal Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft, the shortest abstract (one word) published in Chemical Abstracts (the database now known as SciFinder), and plenty of obscure clues for chemistry themed crossword puzzles - not to mention a rousing update to the song of chemical elements.

Now on the new book shelf.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Protect the coast lands before we arrive at the last beach

The Last Beach, by Orrin Pilkey and Andrew Cooper, is a scary and true story - multiple stories - of the many ways we are racing towards degradation of that thin place between sea and land that was once pristine.  The threats to robust shorelines impact every part of the planet, since an ecologically sound interface between ocean and terrestrial life is essential for a healthy ocean and the world's oceans are integral to maintaining global ecosystems.

All is not lost nor hopeless, but action is needed now - scientifically based action, not for political or spurious economic gain - to restore beaches to their proper role in the ocean/land equation.

The print copy is now on the new book shelf, or read the book online [access through OBIS].