Arctic Matters day, according to the National Research Council of the National Academies is January 14th.  Go to to read about it.  Link to their Interactive web tool, or download a PDF of their 32-page, well-illustrated booklet or download a poster.  What happens in the Arctic, affects the whole globe.

Interactive web tool: see the global effects of changes in the arctic

Arctic Matters interactive web tool:
see the global effects of changes in the arctic


The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey

Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey [pdf]


“Every ten years, the National Research Council (NRC) of The National Academy of Sciences produces a series of surveys related to their areas of scientific inquiry. The public release of the Astro2010 survey of astronomy and astrophysics took place on August 13, 2010, and visitors to this site can read the report and also watch the webcast from the release event. The goal of this publication is to “recommend priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the decade 2010-2020.” Drawing on the expertise of scholars at Stanford University, Vassar College, the University of Chicago, and other institutions, the report is a crucial piece of work on what should be done across the board in these two branches of the physical sciences.”


From the Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, Aug.27, 2010

National New Biology Initiative — report from NRC

Phillip Sharp - co-chair of the committee.

September 17, 2009 — According to a new report from the National Research Council, the emergence of "New Biology" — where scientists and engineers from many disciplines collaborate on ways to take advantage of dramatic recent advances in biology, such as the ability to sequence entire genomes — offers an opportunity to solve some of society’s most pressing problems. The report recommends a National New Biology Initiative to accelerate such research and apply it to our greatest challenges.


Source: National Academies News, Sept. 17th.

Canada’s National Research Council Sci-Tech article database


"NRC-CISTI offers pay-per-article service for database14 May 2008
Canada-based National Research Council’s Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) has launched Discover, a suite of current and planned pay-per-article services. Discover is designed to allow any researcher to search a database of more than 20 million articles for free and pay by credit card to view and print those selected. No pre-registration, user name or password is required.

Each article costs C$12, plus publisher fees and applicable taxes. Users see the full and exact cost of items added to their shopping carts. Open access articles are available free of any charges. Articles from NRC-CISTI’s electronic collection (indicated with a green mouse symbol) are available for viewing immediately. Articles in the print collection (indicated with a red flying envelope symbol) must first be scanned, and users receive a link by e-mail when the article is ready to be viewed and printed. Access to all articles is for one view, one print. Access begins when the link is opened and ends when the link is closed. Users may not save the document to their desktop.

NRC-CISTI is planning to launch a free Discover Alerts service later in the year. This service will allow users to register to receive electronic notification of new articles based on search criteria or journal title. The alerts will be delivered either via e-mail or RSS feeds."  

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter

This will be a service to keep in mind particularly when one is no longer connected to a university or company which provides easy and free document delivery.  While one is at Princeton University, do utilize our Document Delivery /Interlibrary Loan service  — a resource of which we are proud.  Of course, an individual on his own should have access through a public library.  The price of this new service  from CISTI seems very reasonable.