Rowland Institute Library Blog

Friday, September 26, 2003

Actionbioscience.orgInteresting ... A highly touted site (lauded by Scientific American) that seeks to educate students and the public on issues in bioscience, including discoveries in evolution, genetics, biodiversity and biotechnology, among other themes. Each section has an extensive list of articles explore a variety of topical questions ("How do antibiotics affect bacteria" "What is nanotechnology") and provide links to further reading. Well-researched and thoughtful. (Source: Neat New Stuff on the Net)

Book Report - How four magazines you've probably never read help determine what books you buy. By Adelle WaldmanAside from the comments of high-schoolers traumatized by the Grapes of Wrath, who are the reviewers on This article names four common sources, magazines from the publishing and library trades, such as Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal, and gives a sense of their style and possible agendas. (Source: Bookslut)

States build terror database resembling controversial federal project MATRIX. Not the movie. Just when you thought we'd seen the back of TIA, turns out that states are employing a similar data-collection concept. (Source: LIS News) (see also related article in the Register)

World Weather Information Service - Official Observations. Official Forecasts. Somebody's done something about the weather - WMO has made data from a wide range of cities available on this pilot site. (Source: yes, again, the amazing ResourceShelf)

PSIgate - Science TimelinesPart of PSIGate(Physical Sciences Information Gateway,) this site features timelines in various disciplines (physics, earth sciences, chemistry, materials sciences - or you can browse all at once), listing significant scientific events in chronological order. From each entry, links to related web sites are featured, resources indexed and annotated extensively by PSIGate. Keyword searching is available. (Sources: BlackStump; ResourceShelf)

The Wilbur and Orville Wright PapersThe Library of Congress announced the latest site in its American Memory Project, observing the centennial of the Wright Brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Material includes letters, drawings, photographs and the brothers' glass-plated phtographic negatives. (Source: The ResourceShelf)

going Google beyond Another good discussion of how to use more than what search engine, and what others offer that Google does not. alltheweb,altavista, teoma and vivismo are examples. (Source: The Virtual Chase)

Thursday, September 25, 2003

History shows hurricanes are not rising A New Scientist article reports on research that contradicts the belief that hurricanes are becoming more prevalent due to climate change and other factors.

Do we need more scientists? An article in the Public Interest says make careers in science more attractive rather than worrying about speculated personnel shortages. (Source: Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Update)

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Open-access row leads paper to shed authors Nature reports that the New England Journal of Medicine and Stanford University researchers have been trading barbs over a paper recently published by the journal. Stanford's Pat Brown is one of the founders of the Public Library of Science; when one of his grad students wanted to publish their results in NEJM, Brown tried to get the journal to accept open-access considerations. NEJM refused. Subsequently, the student resubmitted the paper, with Brown and three others no longer listed as authors but acknowledged as contributors. It was accepted and published this past summer. A cartoon in the news story shows a medical researcher caught between the "rock" of traditional journals such as NEJM and the "hard place" of open access publishing. Is this a false choice?