Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis goes online!

To celebrate Open Access Week 2017, Cambridge University Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication has announced Professor Hawking’s permission to make his thesis freely available and Open Access in Apollo. By making his PhD thesis Open Access, anyone can now freely download and read this historic and compelling research by the then little-known 24-year-old Cambridge postgraduate.

You can access the thesis here or the high-resolution one here.

You can also read a summary on Discover Magazine.

Springer Nature Experiments

Springer Nature has launched a new, free-to-use research solution, Springer Nature Experiments, to help researchers in the life sciences by accessing the relevant protocols and methods to support their research projects.

Protocols are “recipes” used in laboratory research to support the design and implementation of reproducible experiments. The step-by-step instructions help researchers recreate an experiment by typically including information on the materials required, equipment and set-up. Methods are new scientific procedures for solving existing problems. Together, these two different types of content are the cornerstone for scientists to successfully conduct their research.

Springer Nature publishes one of the largest available collection of protocols and methods for the life sciences with content from SpringerProtocols, Nature Methods, Nature Protocols and Protocol Exchange – the free repository for scientists to share their protocols with the scientific community. Springer Nature Experiments provides access to all of these through a single easy-to-use platform, designed to save researchers’ time.

The platform uses advanced knowledge models to categorise content based on techniques and organisms – the two most commonly used search categories identified in user research. With the help of artificial intelligence and text mining technologies, these terms are recognised and extracted from the content, enabling users to perform searches and narrow down their results quickly and easily.

In addition, users can evaluate and compare protocols prior to accessing the full-text with the help of protocol landing pages. These summarize key information such as the keywords mentioned, article history and citations which gives an indication of whether the protocol has been used successfully in other research projects.

To access Springer Nature Experiments, click here.

ResearchGate faces lawsuit over alleged copyright infringements

ResearchGate, a popular social network and papers sharing site, may have to remove thousands of papers from their site.

Five publishers have formed the Coalition for Responsible Sharing and will be issuing takedown notifications to ResearchGate.  According to the coalition statement, ResearchGate has about 7 millions papers which have infringed copyrights.

Publishers who have joined the coalition so far are American Chemical Society (ACS), Brill, Elsevier, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer. These publishers are mindful that the issuing takedown notices is not a viable long-term solution, hence ACS and Elsevier have since filed a lawsuit against ResearchGate.

This is not the first time a publisher has taken action against copyright infringement by academic network sites. According to Nature News, Elsevier sent 3,000 takedown notices in 2013 to scholarly networks including Academia.edu.

There are legitimate ways to freely share your works and research articles without breaching copyrights. Contact your library for more information.

Physics (New Titles)

Principles of electronic materials and devices
By S.O. Kasap.
McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.
Call Number: TK453.K19 2018
Lee Wee Nam Library, Engineering Collection

Acoustics of the seabed as a poroelastic medium
By Nicholas P. Chotiros.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Advanced materials: techniques, physics, mechanics and applications
By Ivan A. Parinov, Shun-Hsyung Chang, Muaffaq A. Jani.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

All the wonder that would be : exploring past notions of the future
By Stephen Webb.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

An introduction to integrable techniques for one-dimensional quantum systems
By Fabio Franchini.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

An introduction to organic lasers
By Azzedine Boudrioua, Mahmoud Chakaroun, Alexis Fischer.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Earth Sciences (New Titles)

Essentials of geology, 13th edition
By Frederick K. Lutgens, Edward J. Tarbuck.
Pearson, 2018.
Call Number: QE26.3.L973 2018
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Essentials of oceanography, 8th edition
By Tom Garrison, Robert Ellis.
Cengage, 2018.
E Book: Online

Fault zone dynamic processes: Evolution of fault properties during seismic rupture
Geophysical Monograph Series Vol. 227
Edited by M. Y. Thomas, T. M. Mitchell, H. S. Bjat.
American Geophysical Union, 2017.
E Book: Online

Flood damage survey and assessment: New insights from research and practice
Geophysical Monograph Series Vol. 228
Edited by D. Molinari, S. Menoni, F. Balliot.
American Geophysical Union, 2017.
E Book: Online

Geomechanics and geology
Edited by J. P. Turner, D. Healy, R. R. Hillis, M. J. Welch.
The Geological Society, 2017.
E Book: Online

Living in the environment, 19th edition
By G. Tyler Miller, Scott E. Spoolman.
Cengage Learning, 2018.
E Book: Online

Processes and ore deposits of ultramafic-mafic magmas through space and time
Edited by Sisir K. Mondal, William L. Griffin.
Elsevier, 2018.
E Book: Online

Terrestrial ecosystem research infrastructures: challenges and opportunities
Edited by Abad Chabbi, Henry W. Loescher.
CRC Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

The Nobel Prize winners for 2017

The winners of the Nobel Prizes for the sciences in 2017 have been announced!

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution”.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017 was awarded jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”.

All illustrations: Niklas Elmehed.
Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2017

Mathematics (New Titles)

Elliptic PDEs, measures and capacities : from the Poisson equation to nonlinear Thomas-Fermi problem
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

Ordered groups and topology
By Adam Clay, Dale Rolfsen.
American Mathematical Society, 2016.
Call Number: QA174.2.C619
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

Advanced issues in partial least squares structural equation modeling
By Joseph F. Hair, Jr.
SAGE Publications, Inc., 2018.
Call Number: QA275.H153
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Topology optimization in engineering structure design
By Weihong Zhang, Jihong Zhu, Tong Gao.
Elsevier Ltd, 2016.
Call Number: QA611.Z63
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection |Online

Chemistry (New Titles)

Calculations in chemistry : an introduction
By Donald J. Dahm, Eric A. Nelson.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
Call Number: QD39.3.M3D131 2017
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Chemistry and technology of plant substances : chemical and biochemical aspects
Edited by Alexandr V. Kutchin, Lyudmila N. Shishkina, Larissa I. Weisfeld.
Apple Academic Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

Experimental organic chemistry
By Philippa B. Cranwell, Laurence M. Harwood, Christopher J. Moody.
John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2017.
Call Number: QD261.C891
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

General, organic, and biological chemistry
By Laura Frost, Todd Deal.
Pearson, 2017.
Call Number: QD251.3.F939 2017
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

The Union of Chemistry and Physics : Linkages, Reduction, Theory Nets and Ontology
By Hinne Hettema.
Springer International Publishing, 2017.
E Book: Online

Biological Sciences (New Titles)

DNA is not destiny : the remarkable, completely misunderstood relationship between you and your genes
By Steven J. Heine.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.
Call Number: QH447.H468
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

The genetics of health : understand your genes for better health
By Sharad P. Paul.
Beyond Words, 2017.
Call Number: QH431.P324g
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Immunogenetics of fungal diseases
Edited By Agostinho Carvalho.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Holistic healthcare : possibilities and challenges
Edited By Anne George, Oluwatobi Samuel Oluwafemi, Blessy Joseph.
Apple Academic Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

This is our brain
By Jeroen Hendrikse.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Statistics for bioinformatics : methods for multiple sequence alignment
By Julie Dawn Thompson.
Elsevier, 2016.
Call Number: QH324.2.T468
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Earth Sciences (New Titles)

Basic GIS coordinates,3rd Edition
By Jan Van Sickle.
CRC Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

Flood hazard mapping: uncertainty and its value in the decision-making process
By Micah Mukungu Mukolwe.
CRC Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

Introduction to volcanic seismology, 3rd Edition
By Vyacheslav M. Zobin.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Living in the environment. 19th edition
By G. Taylor Miller and Scott E. Spoolman.
Cengage Learning, 2018.
Call Number: GE105.M648t 2018
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Natural decadal climate variability: societal impacts
By Vikram M. Mehta.
CRC Press, 2017.
E Book: Online

Spatial big data science: classification techniques for Earth observation imagery
By Jiang Zhe.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Sustainability: an environmental science perspective
By John C. Ayers.
CRC Press, 2017.
E Book: Online