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JACS beta & mobile access Wednesday, 12 August 2009 10:00 am

Posted by Dongmei in e-journals, mobile libraries.
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American Chemical Society (ACS) has begun a major mobile-oriented initiative for its publications:

Mobile Table of Contents (TOC)

The goal of this beta project is to create the most useful and enjoyable mobile experience possible. Specifically, this project focuses on browsing Tables of Contents.

Mobile Article

The goal of this beta project is to create the most useful and enjoyable mobile experience possible. Specifically, this project focuses on formatting an article for viewing on a mobile device.

Supported Devices

All mobile devices with a web browser should be able to view both the Mobile TOC and the Mobile Article, but the full functionality of the Mobile TOC is limited to more modern mobile web browsers that have JavaScript turned on.

It started with JACS (Journal of the Amer Chem Soc) Beta.

[My thanks go to Gerry McKiernan’s Mobile Libraries blog post.]

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Have you seen a moonbow before? Tuesday, 11 August 2009 2:06 pm

Posted by Dongmei in astronomy, Internet Resources.
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NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day for yesterday (8/10/09) captures a moonbow, several rainbows, the starry sky visible in 2009 February over Patagonia in Chile.  I’ve never seen a moonbow before, have you?

Had stayed in Honolulu for almost 5 years before moved to mainland, I’ve seen plenty of rainbows (you’ll see a lot if you stay on the campus of the Univ of Hawai’i at Manoa).  As you can see, moonbows are lit by the moon just as rainbows are lit by the sun.  Both rainbows and moonbows are created by light being scattered inside small water droplets, typically from a nearby rainfall.  It’s still fascinating to see it … even in a video.