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Changes in Science Librarian roles from 1 Dec 2017

Arising from the establishment of the Office of Information, Knowledge and Services (OIKLS), we have taken the opportunity to review our library current services to streamline them to better meet users’ needs and requests. From 1 Dec 2017, staff and students from College of Science will be served by Akbar, Samantha Seah and Soma who will provide research advisory and consultation services.

Together with them are Alan and Mee Ling who will lead a Service Desk team to manage the operations of the NTU Libraries.

Please do not hesitate to contact them whenever you need any help.

Lastly, the old team of Science Librarians below would like to say a big thank you for all the support you have given us over the years. We have moved on to develop and take on new roles in Library work but remain contactable and will be happy to hear from you if you need anything from us. Keep in touch!

Bitcoin’s insatiable hunger for energy

As a quick gauge, a single bitcoin transaction has been reported to use the same amount of energy to power nine homes in the United States for one day.

In case, you’ve haven’t been following the news, there have ongoing buzz about cryptocurrencies, specifically bitcoins. In case, you are unaware about Bitcoin, here’s a quick visual snippet:

Though the focus has been on its continuing increase of its value and monetary agencies warning bitcoin investors to act with extreme caution, the energy consumption of such bitcoin transactions have been greatly overlooked which can have extreme effects on the environment.

In an opinion piece by The Straits Times, such transactions have been referred to as “burning mines”.  The complex mathematical problems to process such transactions are becoming increasingly challenge to solve, making bitcoin miners to be quipped with high-speed processors.

Such transactions needs more energy and emit heat – which also need cooling systems such as huge fans to prevent breakdowns. Digiconomist – a cryptocurrency publication has projected that “energy will be exhausted by bitcoins than the whole of the US by July 2019, and the entire world’s energy consumption will be surpassed by the end of 2020”.

There’s no way cryptocurrencies are going to go away, but are we ready for such insatiable energy consumption. The author advises to do our bit by thinking twice before buying bitcoins. But would that be enough? There were such concerns about energy consumption by Google searches few years back but seems we’ve come a long way since then. Perhaps, we need to think about measures that could be put in place especially in countries where they use environmentally unfriendly source of energy such as coal?


Earth Sciences (New Titles)

Environmental geochemistry: site characterization, data analysis and case histories, 2nd edition
Edited by B. De Vivo, H. E. Belkin, A. Lima.
Elsevier, 2018.
E Book: Online

Geographical models with Mathematica
By Andre Dauphine.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Large-scale machine learning in the earth sciences
By A. N. Srivastava, R. Nemani, K. Steinhaeuser.
CRC Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

Living shorelines: the science and management of nature-based coastal protection
Edited by D. M. Bilkovic, M. M. Mitchell, M. K. La Peyre, J. D. Toft.
CRC Press 2017.
E Book: Online

Scientific integrity and ethics in the geosciences
Edited by Linda C. Gundersen.
American Geophysical Union, 2017.
E Book: Online

Translating diverse environmental data into reliable information: how to coordinate evidence from different sources
By Daniel Vallero.
Academic Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

Weather analysis and forecasting 2nd edition
By C. Georgiev, P. Santurette, K. Maynard.
Elsevier, 2016.
E Book: Online

Winter-energy-food nexus: principles and practices
Geophysical Monograph Series Vol. 229
Edited by P. A. Salam, S. Shrestha, V. P. Pandey, A. K. Anil.
American Geophysical Union, 2017.
E Book: Online

Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects

Any plans to do a PhD? If you are, it is worth taking some time to research on the job prospects as seen from the reports from Nature below!

Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects

Flexible working: Science in the gig economy

Source: Young scientists under pressure: what the data show

Adjuncts in America:

Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

Broke and desperate, adjunct professors face homelessness due to low wages and job insecurity

Library Resources for PhDs on job hunting:

Next gen PhD : a guide to career paths in science

PhD (alternative) career clinic

“So what are you going to do with that?” : finding careers outside academia

Physics (New Titles)

Computational physics : simulation of classical and quantum systems
By Philipp O.J. Scherer.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Physics of digital photography
By Andy Rowlands.
IOP Publishing, 2017.
E Book: Online

Basics of laser physics
E Book: Online

Information technology and computational physics
Edited by Piotr Kulczycki, László T. Kóczy, Radko Mesiar, Janusz Kacprzyk.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Physics of the human mind
By Ihor Lubashevsky.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Thermal physics and thermal analysis : from macro to micro, highlighting thermodynamics, kinetics and nanomaterials
Edited by Jaroslav Šesták, Pavel Hubík, Jiří J. Mareš.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

“The beginning of the end” for paywalled research?

In the article, Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature, researchers from Greene Lab found that nearly all scholarly literature is available gratis to anyone with an Internet connection. Sci-Hub’s scope suggests the subscription publishing model is becoming unsustainable.

Other articles of interests:
Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests

Sci-Hub Moves to the Center of the Ecosystem

Mathematics (New Titles)

Elliptic PDEs, measures and capacities : from the Poisson equation to nonlinear Thomas-Fermi problems
By Augusto C. Ponce.
European Mathematical Society, 2016.
Call Number: QA377.P792
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Metric geometry of locally compact groups
By Yves Cornulier, Pierre de la Harpe.
European Mathematical Society, 2016.
Call Number: QA183.C819
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Combinatorics and random matrix theory
By Jinho Baik, Percy Deift, Toufic Suidan.
American Mathematical Society, 2016.
Call Number: QA188.B152
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Fundamentals of probability theory
By Tapas Kumar Chandra, Sreela Gangopadhyay.
Narosa Publishing House, 2017.
Call Number: QA273.C456f
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Stochastic PDEs and dynamics
By Guo, Hongjun Gao, Xueke Pu.
De Gruyter, 2017.
Call Number: QA274.25.G977
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Topology optimization in engineering structure design
By Weihong Zhang, Jihong Zhu, Tong Gao.
Elsevier Ltd, 2016.
E book: Online

Regularized semigroups and non-elliptic differential operators
By Zheng Quan, Li Miao.
Science Press, 2017.
Call Number: QA329.7.Q1
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Geometric analysis
Edited by Hubert L. Bray, Greg Galloway, Rafe Mazzeo, Natasa Sesum.
American Mathematical Society Institute for Advanced Study, 2016.
Call Number: QA360.G345g
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Projekt Deal: A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing

The goal of Project DEAL is to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals (E-journals) from major academic publishers from the 2017 licence year. The intention is also to bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process. The effects of a consortium agreement at the national level should relieve the financial burden on individual institutions and bring wide-scale, lasting improvements in access to scholarly literature for academics. An open access component is also planned.

Click here to read more about the progress of the negotiation.

Chemistry (New Titles)

Advanced environmental analysis: applications of nanomaterials. Volume 1
Edited by Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain and Boris Kharisov.
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017.
E Book: Online

Chemistry and water : the science behind sustaining the world’s most crucial resource
Edited by Satinder Ahuja.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Modern inorganic synthetic chemistry
Edited by Ruren Xu and Yan Xu.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Pulp and paper industry : chemical recovery
By Pratima Bajpai.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Pulp and paper industry : nanotechnology in forest industry
By Pratima Bajpai.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Serum pharmacochemistry of traditional Chinese medicine : technologies, strategies and applications
Edited by Xijun Wang, Aihua Zhang, Hui Sun.
Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

The application of green solvents in separation processes
Edited by Francisco Pena-Pereira, Marek Tobiszewski.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online