March 23, 2018

History: Hebrew University Launches Albert Einstein Archives Website and Database

From The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem held a press conference today to launch the updated and expanded Einstein Archives website, at, containing a complete catalog of more than 80,000 documents in the University’s Einstein Archives. This includes more than 40,000 documents contained in Albert Einstein’s personal papers and over […]

"A Community for ebooks Only" (Interview With Carl Zimmer)

Via New Scientist: A new site run by veteran science writers aims to create a community around electronic books – and not the kind that are simply “digital clones” of the stuff you can still pick up in bookshops. New Scientist caught up with founder and prolific science writer Carl Zimmer to learn more about […]

A Quick Look at The Bio­di­ver­sity Her­itage Library for Europe

From the Europeana Blog: Bio­di­ver­sity her­itage lit­er­a­ture merges the line between art and sci­ence, assem­bling descrip­tions of species and other accounts with metic­u­lously crafted illus­tra­tions. While this lit­er­a­ture is of great sci­en­tific and cul­tural impor­tance, it is often very rare and dif­fi­cult to access. [Clip] The EU-project ‘Bio­di­ver­sity Her­itage Library for Europe’ is ded­i­cated to […]

New Database: Environment: Smithsonian NEMESIS Tracks Marine Invaders Online

From a Smithsonian Institution Overview: Mitten crabs, zebra mussels and rock vomit: These and hundreds of other non-native species have invaded coastal regions throughout the United States, often causing dramatic changes to coastal ecosystems and significant economic costs. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has now created NEMESIS (National Estuarine and Marine Exotic Species Information System), […]

New Online Database from NIH: Genetic Testing Registry, Video Tutorials Available

From Science Magazine: [NIH recently] unveiled a new database that lists thousands of tests voluntarily submitted by companies and non-profit labs. Genetic tests now exist for some 2500 diseases, from cystic fibrosis to APOE, which raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. NIH created the Genetic Testing Registry for physicians, patients, and researchers after experts suggested […]

New Reference Database from Weather Underground: Weather Extremes

From an Intro Post by Dr. Jeff Masters’, Weather Underground’s Co-Founder: The Record Extremes page will give you the option to see U.S. and international records on a map and table. You can select any combination of record types at once, which, combined with the map, provides a interesting visual way to investigate record-setting events. […]

American Heart Association Launches Peer-Reviewed and Open Access Journal

From the American Heart Association: The American Heart Association has launched the online-only open-access Journal of the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease (JAHA)— packed with free peer-reviewed research on heart disease and stroke. “We envision JAHA as a forum for high quality original articles that cover the full range of cardiovascular science, including […]

Research Paper: "How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints: Article Downloads, Twitter Mentions, and Citations"

New via arXiv. Title How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints: Article Downloads, Twitter Mentions, and Citations Authors Xin Shuai, Indiana University Alberto Pepe, Harvard University Johan Bollen, Indiana University Source arXiv Abstract We analyze the online response of the scientific community to the preprint publication of scholarly articles. We employ a cohort […]

Reference: UCS Satellite Database Updated, Info on Nearly 1000 Satellites Currently Orbiting the Earth

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): The UCS Satellite Database is a listing of the more than 900 operational satellites currently in orbit around Earth. Our intent in producing the database is to create a research tool for specialists and non-specialists alike by collecting open-source information on operational satellites and presenting it in a format […]

Digitization: "Digital Recording of 7 Million Insect Specimens Begins"

From the The Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) Scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey in Champaign, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, are getting ready to digitize biological collections to make them more accessible to researchers and the public. They will be sharing $2.6 million out of $10 million in grants […]