Nature is a weekly journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions
Welcome to Nature, the weekly, international, interdisciplinary journal of science.
Citations and Impact Factor
Nature is the world's most highly cited interdisciplinary science journal, according to the 2009 Journal Citation Report Science Edition (Thomson, 2010). Its Impact Factor is 34.480. The impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of citations in a calendar year to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years. It is an independent measure calculated by Thomson Reuters, Philadelphia, USA.
Aims and scope
Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions. Nature also provides rapid, authoritative, insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public.
Nature's mission statement
First, to serve scientists through prompt publication of significant advances in any branch of science, and to provide a forum for the reporting and discussion of news and issues concerning science. Second, to ensure that the results of science are rapidly disseminated to the public throughout the world, in a fashion that conveys their significance for knowledge, culture and daily life.
Nature's original mission statement was published for the first time on 11 November 1869.
History of the Journal Nature has specially commissioned essays and videos, and timelines and an interactive forum, bringing to life the science published in Nature since 1869.
Landcare Research is New Zealand’s leading provider of solutions and advice for sustainable development and management of land-based natural resources.
Landcare Research is one of nine independent Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) founded in 1992 from a reorganisation of Government funded research in New Zealand.
We have about 380 staff, in nine locations. The largest of our research sites is at Lincoln, which is also home to our corporate office. We also have regional offices in Palmerston North and Hamilton, plus offices at Auckland, Gisborne, Wellington, Nelson, Dunedin and Alexandra.
Befitting a company that advises other organisations about sustainability, we are serious about reducing our own impacts on the environment. Our operations have been certified as carbon neutral, we have an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system, and we are a founding member of the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Landcare Research is New Zealand’s leading provider of solutions and advice for sustainable development and the management of land-based natural resources.
Our vision is: Innovative science for a sustainable future.
Fulfilling our vision is important because New Zealand’s social, cultural and economic well-being is inextricably linked to the state of our environment. This ‘natural capital’ comprises the ecosystems that underpin our way of life, many of our cultural aspirations, and the key industries and services upon which our economy is based.
Our research focuses on three key outcomes:
Protection and restoration of biodiversity
Sustainable land environments
Sustainable business & living
underpinned by three cross-cutting themes:
Climate change mitigation & adaptation
Sustainable Māori futures
Weeds, pests and diseases
Balancing economic growth, quality of life and ecological sustainability in the face of globalisation, population growth, increased economic activity and climate change is a considerable challenge.
It requires innovative science about business design and processes, institutional frameworks, our ecosystems and how they respond to change.
Many of our science teams are at the forefront of developing and sharing knowledge in their specialist areas. We collaborate here in New Zealand and internationally with respected research organizations, and partner closely with key customers to maximise the relevance and effectiveness of our research.
* Satellite images - Access to the latest weather images from polar orbiting and geostationary satellites.
* Weather - Weather observations and forecasts of more than 4000 airports (METAR and TAF reports).
* Climate - Climatic data of more than 3000 weather stations.
* Cyclones - Tracks of the tropical lows, storms and cyclones.
* Interpretation of weather satellite images
* Weather satellites
* Airports - More than 4000 airport satellite images.
Based on free archives, including:
The Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) is an on-line facility for the distribution of Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) data, NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and derived data.
en Dundee Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, UK, maintains an up-to-date archive of images from NOAA, SeaStar, Terra and Aqua polar orbiting satellites. Images from geostationary satellites covering the whole earth are also available.
fr Groupe de Recherches en Télédétection et Radiométrie, Université de Strasbourg: images Meteosat de 1996 à 1999.
en Eumetsat: all Meteosat operational data since 1977.
en Visible Earth: a catalog of NASA images and animations.
en The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth from 1961 through the present.
fr SATMOS, Service d'Archivage et de Traitement Météorologique des Observations Spatiales.
The website of "a very long-term cultural institution"
The Long Now Foundation, established in 1996, is a private organization that seeks to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. It aims to provide a counterpoint to what it views as today's "faster/cheaper" mindset and to promote "slower/better" thinking. The Long Now Foundation hopes to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years. To emphasize this horizon, the group writes years using five digits instead of four: 02008 instead of 2008.
The Foundation has several ongoing projects, including a 10,000-year clock known as the Clock of the Long Now, the Rosetta Project, the Long Bet Project, the open source Timeline Tool (also known as Longviewer), the Long Server and a monthly seminar series.
The purpose of the Clock of the Long Now is to construct a timepiece that will operate with minimum human intervention for ten millennia. It is to be constructed of durable materials, to be easy to repair, and to be made of largely valueless materials in case knowledge of the Clock is lost or it is deemed to be of no value to an individual or possible future civilization; in this way it is hoped that the Clock will not be looted or destroyed. Its power source (or sources) should be renewable but similarly unlootable. A prototype of a potential final clock candidate was activated on December 31, 1999, and is currently on display at the Science Museum at London. The Foundation hopes to construct the finished Clock at a location near Ely, Nevada.
The Rosetta Project is an effort to preserve all languages that have a high likelihood of extinction over the period from 2000 to 2100. These include many languages whose native speakers number in the thousands or less. Other languages with many more speakers are considered endangered by the project due to the increasing importance of English as an international language of commerce and culture. Samples of such languages are to be inscribed onto a disc of nickel alloy two inches (5.08 cm) across. A "Version 1.0" of the disc was completed in the Autumn of 2002.
The Seminars About Long-term Thinking are a series of monthly lectures in San Francisco, CA, presented by the Foundation. They are intended to "nudge civilization toward making long-term thinking automatic and common." Topics have included preserving environmental resources, the extension of the human lifespan, the likelihood of an asteroid strike in the future, SETI, and the nature of time.
"Civilization is reviving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed—some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility—where 'long-term' is measured at least in centuries. Long Now proposes both a mechanism and a myth." ―Stewart Brand
"When I was a child, people used to talk about what would happen by the year 2000. For the next thirty years they kept talking about what would happen by the year 2000, and now no one mentions a future date at all. The future has been shrinking by one year per year for my entire life. I think it is time for us to start a long-term project that gets people thinking past the mental barrier of an ever-shortening future. I would like to propose a large (think Stonehenge) mechanical clock, powered by seasonal temperature changes. It ticks once a year, bongs once a century, and the cuckoo comes out every millennium." ―Danny Hillis
The Daily Galaxy - News from Planet Earth & Beyond - is an eclectic text and video presentation of fascinating news and original insights on science, space exploration, technology, and their reflections in popular culture (film, books, events).
an on-line A-to-Z of science maintained by astronomer/author David Darling
The Internet Encyclopedia of Science is an on-line A-to-Z of science maintained by astronomer/author David Darling and is part of The Worlds of David Darling website. Some of the content is based on his books, including The Universal Book of Astronomy, The Complete Book of Spaceflight, The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia, and Life Everywhere: The Maverick Science of Astrobiology. Other entries are unique to the on-line Encyclopedia and have, in some cases, been suggested or provided by outside parties. The goal is to provide a comprehensive source of information covering all aspects of contemporary science, mathematics, and technology, including historical aspects and biographies. It is intended to be of use to the interested layperson, student, and academic alike.
Is there a need for yet another website devoted to Colonel Daniel McGregor Dare?
The Eagle Comic was reprinted around the world, in many formats and many languages, yet information concerning this phenomenon has never been assembled in one place before. This site will offer a look at these reprints by country and try to define the print runs and years of publication, and any other oddities and affiliated themes that turn up, such as the "Great US Stamp Mystery", and the French version of the Girl Comic.
And if your heart can still bear the excitement, you can browse through the various galleries that are now on-line, ranging from space-themed jigsaw puzzles to Dan Dare memorabilia.
There are numerous gaps in our knowledge on these various themes, so in part this site is also to encourage others to help fill these gaps. If anyone has additional information that they would like to submit on any of these subjects we actively encourage them to get in touch with us - we will print it and full credit will be given.
The Monarch Butterfly Trust aims to protect the MB in New Zealand
I know that you are fascinated by the Monarch butterfly… just like us.
That’s why we need your help.
We want to protect the habitat of butterflies throughout New Zealand.
Members receive four newsletters each year, jam-packed with ideas as to how to help the Monarch, by planting the best sort of nectar flowers, more host plants, and reducing parasites and predators of the Monarch.
The Monarch butterfly has introduced so many people to the wonders of Nature, biodiversity and metamorphosis. It teaches respect for flora and fauna. It adds a special touch to many events – like the Monarch butterfly that blessed a family at a funeral, or touched someone with its sudden appearance in a garden.
In North America, the Monarch butterflies' home, scientists are concerned for the butterflies habitat. Ice and hail destroyed millions of Monarchs overwintering in the Mexican highlands a few years ago. CNN reported the population was in jeopardy. The National Academy of Sciences predicted a massive die-off with climate change. Development of wilderness destroys milkweed on which caterpillars feed. Pesticides are indiscriminate, killing the milkweed and the butterfly in all stages.
Here in NZ, because the Monarch butterfly is not an endangered species, it is not afforded much air space, time or funding. So it was with considerable concern that we heard that Butterfly Bay (near the Whangaroa Harbour), once the best known overwintering site of the NZ Monarch butterfly, was to be developed. We were concerned that the habitat might be lost forever!
And that was how the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust was born. Will you join us? We hope so.
Darwin's 200th Birthday will occur on February 12, 2009; it will also be the 150th Anniversary of the publication of his famous book, On The Origin of Species. So, together we can evolve a truly international Celebration to express gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity. The objective of Darwin Day Celebration is to encourage existing institutions worldwide, such as municipalities, public and private schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums, churches, private organizations and individuals to celebrate Science and Humanity every year, on, or near, February 12, Darwin's birthday!
Ray Bradbury is one of those rare individuals whose writing has changed the way people think. His more than five hundred published works -- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and verse -- exemplify the American imagination at its most creative.
Once read, his words are never forgotten. His best-known and most beloved books, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, FAHRENHEIT 451 and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, are masterworks that readers carry with them over a lifetime. His timeless, constant appeal to audiences young and old has proven him to be one of the truly classic authors of the 20th Century -- and the 21st.
In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, an the National Medal of Arts in 2004.
In this section of RayBradbury.com you can learn a lot about this great author. You can read his biography, get a complete list of all of his stories and novels, read wonderful articles about Ray, visit other Ray-related sites, and even read the speech he delivered when he received the National Book Award in 2000.
Most exciting of all, view an exclusive video interview with Ray, taken at his home in Los Angeles in 2001. Take a peek into Ray's world and see what his home looks like and hear first-hand the history of his favorite toys and tsotchkes.
NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action.
NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.
NatureServe represents an international network of biological inventories—known as natural heritage programs or conservation data centers—operating in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Together we not only collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. The objective scientific information about species and ecosystems developed by NatureServe is used by all sectors of society—conservation groups, government agencies, corporations, academia, and the public—to make informed decisions about managing our natural resources.
* Establishing scientific standards for biological inventory and biodiversity data management.
* Developing comprehensive and current databases on at-risk species and ecological communities.
* Designing advanced biodiversity data management systems in partnership with information technology leaders.
* Making biodiversity information available to the public through our websites, publications, and custom services to clients and partners.
* Providing information products and conservation services to guide natural resource decision-making.
The European Space Agency is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe.
ESA has 17 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. The Agency’s projects are designed to find out more about the Earth, its immediate space environment, the solar system and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.
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