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May 10, 1869. Promontory Summit and the Transcontinental Railroad

May 10 marks the day that the last spike for the Transcontinental Railroad was struck 150 years ago in Promontory, Utah. This railroad connected the east coast to the west and played a major role in the development of the western United States. You can read more about the history of the transcontinental railroad by […]

Planet-Hunting NASA Astrophysicist, Elisa Quintana, to Speak at the Library May 9

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. The next speaker in the NASA Goddard lecture series, Elisa Quintana, never dreamed of becoming an astrophysicist, but happened to take physics at the University of California, San Diego, and was fortunate to work with Professor Sally Ride. […]

Unions, Feminism, and Margaret Dreier Robins

This post was written by Kelsey Diemand, Librarian in Residence in the Science, Technology and Business Division. The historian in me is constantly on the lookout for new sources of historical business information and,  the Library of Congress collections never disappoint. My latest interest is labor history, which is how I discovered a person that […]

Back to the Moon! NASA Scientist Noah Petro to Talk April 30 about Apollo at 50 and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, around 530 million of us watched in amazement as first Neil Armstrong and then Buzz Aldrin left the lunar module Eagle and stepped out on the surface of the moon.  Michael […]

2019 NASA Goddard Earth & Space Science Talks Announced

This post was written by Science Reference Specialist Stephanie Marcus. The Science, Technology and Business Division is partnering with NASA Goddard for the thirteenth year of earth and space science lectures.  The eight talks will be held in the Mary Pickford Theater in the Library’s James Madison Building.  Each will be recorded and available at […]

“The Earth Itself Is a Great Magnet”

This post was written by Science Reference Specialist Nate Smith. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about the migration of the magnetic north pole.  The magnetic north pole is different from the geographic North Pole and is part of the much larger magnetic field of the Earth.  Not only do the magnetic poles […]

Josephine Aspinwall Roche: A Changemaker You’ve Likely Never Heard of!

This blog post was authored by Fay Menacker, Dr.PH, RN, a volunteer in the Science Reference Section and Stephanie Marcus, science reference specialist. I became interested in Josephine Roche when I was a volunteer doing quality control in the Library’s Collections Management Division and came across an interesting study she had authored in 1918.  My […]