The Library of Congress will host the 12th annual NASA Goddard lecture series. The series is presented in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Science, Technology, and Business Division at the Library of Congress.Follow the conversation on Twitter at¬ @librarycongress¬ and #TopicsInScience.Click here for more information.
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The Cassini spacecraft orbited Saturn from 2004-2017, making measurements of the planet, its rings, and moons.¬ NASA space scientist Conor Nixon covered the highlights of the Cassini mission from its earliest phases to the latest results from the "Grand Finale" phase.Click¬ here to view the webcast.
This new research guide highlights books published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as current journals and organizational resources for researching the history of the domestication of cats and other pets.¬ ¬ Click¬ here for more information.
Using data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), Miguel Rom√°n, research physical scientist and remote sensing specialist in the Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons.¬ In comparing the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year‚Äôs in the U.S., he and his team noticed large areas where night lights were from 20-50% brighter than the rest of the year.¬ Dr. Rom√°n will discuss the need to better understand the driving forces behind energy use, including how dominant social phenomena, the changing demographics of urban centers, and socio-cultural settings affect energy-use decisions.¬ This lecture will be held in the Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor of the Madison Building, on Thursday, December 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Click¬ here for more information.
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.Click¬ here for more information.
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.Click¬ here for more information.
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.Click¬ here to view the webcast.
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.Click¬ here for more information.
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.Click¬ here for more information.
Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian, research astrophysicist and deputy principal investigator for the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission at NASA‚Äôs Goddard Space Flight Center, will describe the NICER mission.¬ NICER is an International Space Station payload devoted to studying neutron stars ‚ÄĒ 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.Click¬ here for more information.
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.Click¬ here to view the webcast.
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‚Äôs Huygens probe, which descended through the atmosphere of Saturn‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.Click¬ here for more information.
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.Click¬ here to view the webcast.
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.Click¬ here to view the webcast.
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.Click¬ here to view the webcast.
A new Everyday Mystery explains the materials, assembly, and preparation of fireworks and answers the question "How do fireworks work?"Click¬ here for more information.
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.¬ Click¬ here for more information.
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.Click¬ here to view the video.
NASA Goddard astrophysicst Dr. Julie McEnery spoke on exploring the extreme universe with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.Click¬ here to view the webcast.
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.Click¬ here to view the video.