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What's New in Science Reference: How do cats communicate with each other? New Everyday Mystery

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:51:43 -0600

A new Everyday Mystery discusses the different ways that cats can communicate with each other and with humans, and includes some tips for improving cat-human interactions.

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What's New in Science Reference: How did cats become domesticated? New Everyday Mystery

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:21:20 -0600

A new Everyday Mystery discusses theories on the origins of domesticated cats and their coat colors, and possible correlations between coat colors, cat health, and cat behavior.

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What's New in Science Reference: Venus: the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet, New Science Webcast

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:20:16 -0600

Dr. Lori Glaze, principal investigator for NASA's proposed mission to Venus called DAVINCI (the Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry and Imaging), sheds some light on the forgotten, mysterious planet of Venus in a tour of what we know about Venus, what mysteries we need to solve and what future spacecraft and instrument technologies could help us answer our questions.

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What's New in Science Reference: NASA’s Dr. Padi Boyd Speaks about Exoplanets on November 2

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:44:09 -0500

Dr. Padi Boyd, Chief of the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will speak at the Library of Congress about the thousands of planets discovered beyond our solar system and the evolving view of our place in the universe in her talk "To explore strange new worlds...".  Dr. Boyd was a program scientist for the Kepler mission to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy for earth-sized and smaller planets and is also the Hubble Space Telescope deputy operations project scientist at NASA Goddard.  The lecture will be held in the Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, James Madison Memorial Building, on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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What's New in Science Reference: How to Survive a Plague: October 23 Book Talk

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:30:19 -0500

David France, author of How to Survive a Plague and creator of the 2012 Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, discusses his telling of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.  The book is a powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease.  This lecture will be held in the Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library's James Madison Building, Monday, October 23, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and is presented in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.  A book signing will follow.

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What's New in Science Reference: The Star that Ate Manhattan! October 17 Lecture

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:09:13 -0500

Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian, research astrophysicist and deputy principal investigator for the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will describe the NICER mission.  NICER is an International Space Station payload devoted to studying neutron stars — the physics governing their interiors, their emissions, and their evolution.  NICER will also perform the first demonstration of spacecraft navigation using pulsars as natural beacons.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in the Library's Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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What's New in Science Reference: Launching a Data Revolution, New Science Webcast

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:45:12 -0500

Ilya Zaslavsky, director of the Spatial Information Systems Laboratory, San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego. discussed online systems for visual analysis, sharing of surveys and image collections, and applications for analyzing indicators of sustainable development goals.

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What's New in Science Reference: Cassini's Grand Finale: September 7 Lecture

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:19:21 -0500

The Cassini-Huygens Mission, a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency, launched in 1997, reached Saturn in 2004, and dropped off the ESA’s Huygens probe, which descended through the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan in 2005. After nearly twenty years from launch and thirteen years of incredible encounters and images, the Cassini orbiter will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15. Conor Nixon, a space scientist in the Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will cover the highlights of the early mission, as well as the latest news from the grand finale phase. This lecture will be held in the Library's Pickford Theater on Thursday, September 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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What's New in Science Reference: NEEMO: NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, New Science Webcast

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:47:40 -0500

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center research scientist Kelsey Young discussed the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, NEEMO, a NASA mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers, and scientists to live and work in Aquarius, an undersea research station and an analog for space exploration.

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What's New in Science Reference: Disaster Management and Public Health, New Science Webcast

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:34:08 -0500

Professor Virginia Murray, Public Health England, spoke about disaster risk reduction and management from a public health point of view. She addressed the implementation of the Sendai Framework for public health and the importance of working with other multidisciplinary sciences and policies to further the debate on how to construct a comprehensive, multidimensional approach to reduce disaster risk over the next 15 years.

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What's New in Science Reference: Space Ethics: Ethical Implications of Commercial Space Projects, New Science Webcast

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:19:07 -0500

Christopher Ketcham discussed the need to balance the economic value of commercial ventures with safety and ethical concerns for life on Earth and in space.

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What's New in Science Reference: How do fireworks work? New Everyday Mystery

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:08:29 -0500

A new Everyday Mystery explains the materials, assembly, and preparation of fireworks and answers the question "How do fireworks work?"

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What's New in Science Reference: Venus-the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet, August 15 Lecture

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:02:19 -0500

Lori S. Glaze, Chief of the Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory at NASA Goddard, will present a lecture on Earth's sister planet Venus.  Dr. Glaze is the the principal investigator for a proposed mission to Venus called DAVINCI (the Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry and Imaging), and will take attendees on a tour of what we know about Venus, what mysteries we need to solve, and what future spacecraft and instrument technologies could help us answer our questions.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, August 15, in the Library's Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

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What's New in Science Reference: Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face, New Science Webcast

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:50:22 -0500

Dr. Adam Wilkins discussed his book, Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face, which identifies distinctive features of the human face, explores how and why our unique facial features evolved, and details the critical role facial expression plays in human society.

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What's New in Science Reference: Exploring the Extreme Universe, New Science Webcast

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:30:53 -0500

NASA Goddard astrophysicst Dr. Julie McEnery spoke on exploring the extreme universe with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

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What's New in Science Reference: The Total Eclipse of 2017, New Science Webcast

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:20:04 -0500

Solar physicist and associate director for science, Heliophysics Science Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Dr. C. Alex Young spoke about the science and wonder of total solar eclipses.  He explained the celestial mechanics of the eclipse, viewing opportunities and how NASA will study the sun and Earth during this rare event on August 21, 2017.

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What's New in Science Reference: How to Survive a Plague, Book Talk, June 28 - POSTPONED

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:45:03 -0500

This event has been postponed. A new date will be posted here when available.

David France, author of How to Survive a Plague and creator of the 2012 Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, discusses his telling of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.  The book is a powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease.  This lecture will be held in the Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library's James Madison Building, June 28, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and is presented in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.  A book signing will follow.

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What's New in Science Reference: How to Survive a Plague, Book Talk, June 28

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:52:00 -0500

David France, author of How to Survive a Plague and creator of the 2012 Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, discusses his telling of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.  The book is a powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease.  This lecture will be held in the Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library's James Madison Building, June 28, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and is presented in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.  A book signing will follow.

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What's New in Science Reference: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, June 15 Lecture

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:39:18 -0500

C. Alex Young, solar astrophysicist and Associate Director of Science for the Heliophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center, will speak about the science and wonder of total solar eclipses. He will explain the celestial mechanics of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, viewing opportunities, and will discuss how NASA will be studying the sun and Earth during this rare event.  This lecture will be held on Thursday June 15 in the Library's Pickford Theater, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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What's New in Science Reference: Space Ethics: Ethical Implications of Commercial Space Projects, May 10th Lecture

Mon, 08 May 2017 13:08:22 -0500

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Christopher Ketcham will discuss the need to balance the economic value of commercial space ventures with safety and ethical concerns for life on Earth and in space.  In addition to the problem of possible interplanetary contamination, Earth’s outer atmosphere is littered with human-generated debris, and spacecraft and satellites are vulnerable to collision with this debris.  Safety and ethical concerns are particularly important as commercial space travel becomes a reality.  Dr. Ketcham will explore what kinds of safeguards are in place to ensure that these problems do not intensify and will discuss whether we are prepared for the risks of accidents occurring in space.  The lecture will be held in the Library's Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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What's New in Science Reference: Finding NEEMO, Lecture on NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, May 4

Mon, 01 May 2017 14:23:47 -0500

NASA research scientist Kelsey Young will present “NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO): Preparing Astronauts for Space Exploration” in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  NEEMO is a NASA mission which began in 2001 and sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists from many countries to live and work for up to three weeks at a time in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research station, which functions as an analog for space exploration.  Dr. Young will talk about the results of the NEEMO 21 mission and plans for the upcoming NEEMO 22 mission, and how these tests fit into plans to once again send humans beyond low-Earth orbit.

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What's New in Science Reference: Can an octopus get to know you? New Everyday Mystery

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:42:48 -0500

A new Everyday Mystery presents interesting facts about the octopus and answers the question "Can an octopus get to know you?"

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What's New in Science Reference: Walking with the Last Men on the Moon, New Science Webcast

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:47:55 -0500

The last time humans walked on the surface of the Moon was during the final Apollo mission, Apollo 17, launched in December 1972.  The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was launched in June 2009 and has been gathering data on the lunar environment that will help pave the way for humans to return to the Moon and for future human exploration of our solar system.  Noah Petro, NASA lunar geologist and Deputy Project Scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, discussed LRO's observations of the Apollo 17 landing site, and what new things we have learned about what happened on the Moon 44 years ago.

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What's New in Science Reference: Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Book Talk, April 20

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:16:12 -0500

Surfer, sailor, and marine conservationist Jonathan White will discuss his latest book, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, at noon on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in the Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor of the Library's James Madison Building.  Mr. White takes readers on a tour across the world’s oceans to discover the science and lore of ocean tides, examining and exploring the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world.  This Books & Beyond event is co-sponsored with the Library’s Center for the Book.  Mr. White will sign copies of his book following the presentation. 

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What's New in Science Reference: The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, April 18 NASA Lecture

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:41:12 -0500

In the opening program of the 2017 season of the Science, Technology and Business Division’s NASA Goddard lecture series, Julie McEnery will take the audience on a journey of the energetic Universe - a dramatic new view of the celestial sky.  Dr. McEnery is the Fermi Project Scientist and an astrophysicist in the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.  Launched in June 2008, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (FGST) is an international multi-agency space observatory with two main instruments: the Large Area Telescope (LAT), the primary instrument which surveys the entire sky every three hours; and the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM), a complementary instrument which studies gamma-ray bursts.  The lecture will be held in the Mary Pickford Theater, on the 3rd floor of the Library's James Madison Building, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

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