Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:30 AM,
B&E Information Services
Gale buiness insights handbooks are a series of business e-books within the Gale Virtual Reference Library collection.
This series centers on the specific projects, tasks, and activities in which business people engage. Each volume focuses on a different business topic including global business law, global marketing, innovation management, investment research, cultural transformation and social media marketing.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:47 AM,
“Stingrays swim through water with such ease that researchers from the University at Buffalo and Harvard University are studying how their movements could be used to design more agile and fuel-efficient unmanned underwater vehicles. The vehicles could allow researchers to more efficiently study the mostly unexplored ocean depths, and they could also serve during clean up or rescue efforts.” Read more at http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2013/11/013.html
Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:47 AM,
“The announcement kicked off the Smithsonian X 3D Conference, a two-day event focused on the current state of the Institution’s 3-D program and where it is headed in the future. A webcast of the conference is available. “The Smithsonian is a leader in using 3-D technology to make museum collections and scientific specimens more widely available for anyone to use and study,” said Günter Waibel, the director of the Institution’s Digitization Program Office. “The Smithsonian X 3D explorer and the initial objects we scanned are the first step in showing how this technology will transform the work of the Smithsonian and other museums and research institutions.”” Read more and look at the images at http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/smithsonian-releases-3-d-collection-and-launches-new-3-d-explorer
Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:46 AM,
“Rubber can be extracted from the juice of the dandelion. Yet the decisive breakthrough to industrial manufacturing is proving to be a tough step. Working jointly with industry and science, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME has optimized the cultivation and production engineering over the past few years. Now the researchers – in collaboration with Continental – are building the first ever pilot system to extract vast quantities of dandelion rubber for making tires: an important milestone on the path to rubber procurement in Europe.” Read more at http://www.fraunhofer.de/en/press/research-news/2013/oktober/fraunhofer-and-continental-come-together-when-the-dandelion-rubber-meets-the-road.html
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:01 AM,
““Cold spray” techniques additively build large-scale parts, repair components close to original state. A potential “fountain of youth” for metal, GE (NYSE:GE) researchers announced the use of a process called “cold spray,” in which metal powders are sprayed at high velocities to build a part or add material to repair an existing part. Cold spray is part of GE’s expanded additive manufacturing toolkit. Anteneh Kebbede, Manager of the Coating and Surface Technologies Lab at the GE Research Center said, “In addition to being able to build new parts without welding or machining, what’s particularly exciting about cold spray as an innovative, 3D process is that it affords us the opportunity to restore parts using materials that blend in and mirror the properties of the original part itself. This extends the lifespan of parts by years, or possibly by decades, ultimately providing improved customer value.”” Read more and link to watch the video at http://www.genewscenter.com/Press-Releases/GE-Researchers-Experiment-with-3D-Painting-to-Build-Up-and-Repair-Parts-43b7.aspx
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 8:35 AM,
“The recent Empa spin-off Monolitix AG specialises in compliant mechanisms. These are frictionless and wear-free and are also lighter, more hygienic and cheaper than conventional joint mechanisms. They have an enormous range of potential applications in the most diverse fields. The new company's young entrepreneurs are now setting about breaking into the market with their first products. We are surrounded by objects with joints from morning till night. "We come across them in a thousand different forms", explains Flavio Campanile, aeronautical engineer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Empa spin-off Monolitix. "Without joints, everything would be rigid: you would not able to steer a car and the brakes on bicycles would not work." The "trick" is that rather than using conventional bearings and joints to create the required movement for a mechanism, these so-called solid-state mechanisms deliberately dispense with these types of elements. Instead, the material is deformed in a controlled and reversible way. As a figurative example, instead of a pair of pliers made from several parts, as representative of the traditional joint principle, Campanile highlights a pair of tweezers made from a single, elastically deformable component.” Read more at http://www.empa.ch/plugin/template/empa/3/141472/---/l=2
Monday, December 09, 2013 2:34 PM,
Last Friday, past and present members of the Elam School of Fine Arts, the Fine Arts Library and the wider arts community attended a wonderful farewell party for Graeme Brett. Graeme has worked on the Elam Technical Staff since 1972. He also attended Elam from 1965 until 1968 where he completed a Diploma in Fine Arts Honours in Sculpture.
Graeme is one our longest standing and most valued library users. He has had a significant impact on generations of Elam students and staff - not only in regards to his technical skill but also in his encyclopedic knowledge and inclusive and dynamic approach to teaching and mentoring.
We wish him well and look forward to seeing his sculptures, paintings and assemblages on show in the near future.
See you in the stacks Graeme,
Your antiquatarian friends at the Fine Arts Library.
A list of Graeme's exhibitions and publications can be read here.
Monday, December 09, 2013 9:57 AM,
Monday, December 09, 2013 9:52 AM,
“The bookshelf is an easy way to search DPLA’s books, serials, and journals. The darker the shade of blue, the more relevant the results. Click on a spine for details and related images. Book thickness indicates the page count, and the horizontal length reflects the book’s actual height.” DPLA is the Digital Public Library of America. The search engine is easy to use, the results can be sorted in various ways, and many are available in full text. I searched for ‘robot’, and the latest book was dated 1990, but it is an interesting collection. Use it at http://dp.la/bookshelf
Thursday, December 05, 2013 11:35 AM,
The latest issue of the Auckland University Law Review 2013 Volume 19 is out.
- John Ip and Elizabeth Chan - To Justice Sir Robert Chambers KNZM QC.
- Lord Phillips - Public Lecture: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
Alumni Symposium 2012 papers:
- Stephen M Hunter - The Constitutional Review and Entrenchment of the Bill of Rights.
- Dr Wayne Mapp - A New Constitution Act.
Ko Ngā Take Ture Māori:
- Jack Oliver-Hood - Our Significantly Indigenous Administrative Law: The Treaty of Waitangi and Judicial Review.
- Hugh Magee - The Criminal Character: A Critique of Contemporary Risk Assessment and Preventative Detention of Criminal Offenders in New Zealand.
- James Ruddell - Deceit in the Transvaal? The Case of Burrows v Rhodes and Jameson.
- Paul Culliford - Taking Advantage of Market Power in New Zealand: Searching for a New Approach.
- Elizabeth Chan - The Vulture Swoops and Devours its Prize: the Unsatisfactory Law of State Immunity in Democratic Republic of Congo v FG Hemisphere Associates LLC.
- Olivia de Pont - Company Contracting: Lord Neuberger and the Deprecation of Constructive Knowledge.
- Alex Mackenzie - Lock Them Up and Throw Away the Vote: Civil Death Sentences in New Zealand.
- Michelle Ong - Rethinking Jurisdiction Clauses in New Zealand: The Hague Convention and Beyond.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 10:58 AM,
As we reach the end of 2013 and with the release of the findings of this year’s census, perhaps it is time to reflect on life in New Zealand 100 years ago.
1913 was the year of the Great Strike, the Auckland Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition in the Domain, and the formation of the Social Democratic Party which would in time become the New Zealand Labour Party. If this was not enough excitement, a Blériot monoplane was seen in the skies over Auckland. Christened Britannia, the plane was a gift to New Zealand from The Imperial Air Fleet Committee who hoped it would form the core of a fledgling air force.
This year’s census results reveal New Zealand has a population of 4,242,048; in contrast in December 1913 there were just 1,147,104 inhabitants, 14,219 of whom had arrived from overseas during the past twelve months. Perhaps some of these ‘new chums’ consulted this useful pamphlet, Country work and life in New Zealand by Arthur Carr, published in Dunedin in 1913, before embarking for our bush-clad shores.
In the preface Carr notes he had “devoted the past nine years to acquiring reliable information … that will be of value to anyone who contemplates emigrating to this Dominion”. The illustrated pamphlet includes a handy map, information on how to get to New Zealand, advice on when and where to arrive and detailed descriptions of the types of rural work available in New Zealand for the “working classes of other lands”.
With regards to what to bring, Carr advises “not to buy anything new, with the exception of socks” complaining that “Where the importing firms get all the rubbish in this line, which they pass on to the country storekeeper, I do not know”.
Katherine Pawley, Special Collections.
Carr, A. I. (1913). Country work and life in New Zealand. Dunedin : T.J. Orr, 1913. NZ Pamphlets: 83-160.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 10:00 AM,
“Aluminium components make vehicles lighter, which reduces fuel consumption. If a Norwegian project is successful, manufacturing them will soon also be less energy-intensive. Several years ago, aluminium components started to be used in larger private car designs. Now they are beginning to appear in smaller cars as well. Parts for suspension systems are among the more important automotive applications for aluminium. Today, many of these parts are kneaded into shape by means of forging in order to give them the required mechanical properties, a sure way to turn up the “energy taximeter”. Now, Norwegian materials technologists aim to meet these quality requirements via an alternative, energy-conserving manufacturing process.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 8:28 AM,
Pearltrees 200+ “This is a collection of over 200 different search engines in a variety of different subject areas - crucial search engines that you must know about, meta, multi, directory search engines, search engines that you can use to find out about social media material, video, sound, images and so on. If it doesn't fit fully onto the screen for you, either click and drag it around, or use the zoom options in the bottom left hand corner.” This could be slow to load, but is fun once you get there. Use it at http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-fa=858472&N-s=1_9624450&N-u=1_76567&N-p=93540036&N-f=1_9624450&N-play=0
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 4:38 PM,
BMJ has published an editorial considering how advances in genome sequencing impact clinical and ethical practice, in regards to the decisions that clinicians need to make now that sequencing is faster and much more comprehensive. Should doctors inform people about other possible genetic based diseases when they were being tested for something else?
Genomics—from the lab to clinical practice
Policy challenges of clinical genome sequencing
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 11:49 AM,
B&E Information Services
Statistics New Zealand have recently released New Zealand social indicators, a new web-based tool providing access to useful social statistics from across New Zealand government.
It is now easier to find the information you're looking for as relevant statistics about key social topics are in one place. You'll also find the information you'll need to understand the statistics, and links to where you can get more information and other relevant statistics.
Statistics are grouped into 10 broad topics – such as education, health, and the labour market - and then broken down into more specific measures, or indicators. Each indicator has its own page, which includes graphs, downloadable Excel tables, and information about the data.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 10:59 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library
We decided to dedicate this week's blog to just one awesome new book in the library this month:
The life and art of Lynley Dodd / by Finlay Macdonald. (823.91 DOD MAC)
This title is a lovingly produced and comprehensive portrait of the life and work of one of New Zealand’s most loved and critically acclaimed children’s authors. It includes many illustrations of Lynley Dodd’s well-known characters, and the reader's insight into the author and her art is enhanced by the previously unpublished sketches, character roughs, drafts, notes and photos which accompany the text. A list of complete works and awards can be found at the end of the book. A thoroughly illuminating and enjoyable read!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 8:49 AM,
The Most And Least Lucrative College Majors, In 2 Graphs “Your college major has a bigger effect on your income than where you go to college. We reported on this story last month, and ran a graph of the most and least lucrative college majors. But the graph, based on research out of Georgetown, was limited to people who had only a bachelor's degree. People with graduate degrees were excluded from the data. We were curious: How much would the picture change if you included all college grads — those with graduate degrees as well as those with bachelor's degrees alone? The researchers at Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce were good enough to crunch the numbers for us. Here are the results.” See the graphs at http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/10/22/239698749/the-most-and-least-lucrative-college-majors-in-2-graphs and the original report at http://cew.georgetown.edu/whatsitworth/
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 3:12 PM,
"Today we’re launching Scholar Library, your personal collection of articles in Scholar. You can save articles right from the search page, organize them by topic, and use the power of Scholar's full-text search & ranking to quickly find just the one you want - at any time and from anywhere. You decide what goes into your library and we’ll provide all the goodies that come with Scholar search results - up to date article links, citing articles, related articles, formatted citations, links to your university’s subscriptions, and more. " See how to do it at http://googlescholar.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/google-scholar-library.html
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 8:35 AM,
“The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), formerly the Division of Science Resources Statistics, was established within the National Science Foundation by Section 505 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (246 KB). The name signals the central role of NCSES in the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective data on the science and engineering enterprise. Our Mission - Data collections related to U.S. competitiveness and STEM education are part of these new responsibilities. NCSES is responsible for statistical data on the following: Research and Development The science and engineering workforce U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D The condition and progress of STEM education in the United States “ See the surveys for Science and Engineering at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/surveys.cfm
Monday, December 02, 2013 10:00 AM,
B&E Information Services
Find out which 45 journals are used by the Financial Times in compiling the Business School research rank, included in both the Global MBA and EMBA rankings.
Monday, December 02, 2013 8:35 AM,
Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:38 PM,
Arts Information Services
Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts, has been awarded the Rutherford Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand, becoming the first social scientist to win New Zealand’s top award for science and technology.
Professor Dame Salmond, whose work has examined Māori society and the lives and cultures of indigenous peoples, was also recently awarded New Zealander of the Year.
Recent publications by Professor Dame Salmond include Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas (2011), Aphrodite’s Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti (2009), and “Tupaia, the Navigator Priest”, a chapter in Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific (2012), edited by Sean Mallon, Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai, and Associate Professor Damon Salesa from the Centre for Pacific Studies.
Earlier works include Two Worlds: First Meetings Between Māori and Europeans, 1642-1772 (1991), and Between Worlds: Early Exchanges Between Māori and Europeans, 1773-1815 (1997), both of which won the Ernest Scott Prize in their respective years of publication.
A personal account of Professor Dame Salmond’s career as an anthropological and historical researcher featured in the recent publication Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge (2013), edited by University of Auckland anthropologists Dr Susanna Trnka and Professor Cris Shore.
View a full list of library holdings of Professor Dame Salmond’s works here.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 8:26 AM,
“A new Norwegian fishing rod is about to be launched onto the world market. The inventor calls it fly fishing’s equivalent of carving skis. The silhouette against the sky is the same as it’s been ever since the Norwegian rivers were invaded by affluent British salmon fishermen in the 1800s. The fly rod which is the brain-child of Robert Selfors from Nesodden outside Oslo also bends into the shape of a rainbow when a fish is being played. However, one important detail distinguishes the newly-developed rod from all previous fly rods. The innovation is a new handle, developed mainly to enable the angler to achieve the casting length he wants with less physical effort. “I found the recipe in the laws of physics,” says Selfors.” Read more at http://www.sintef.no/home/Press-Room/Research-News/Physics-Give-Rise-to-a-New-Fly-Rod/
Thursday, November 28, 2013 8:26 AM,
“Garment developed at KTH can increase mobility and reduce pain. The Mollii garment provides the body with electrical stimulation to ease tension and spasms. The result is reduced pain perception and increased mobility. An alternative to painful treatments and surgery for brain damage may now be available with a specially-designed elastic body suit fitted with electrodes, which was designed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in collaboration with health care and business partners. The Mollii garment could improve range of motion and reduce pain for people with brain injuries and neurological disorders such as MS and cerebral palsy.” Read more at http://www.kth.se/en/aktuellt/nyheter/suited-for-treatment-of-brain-damage-1.421729
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:57 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library
||Troll swap / Leigh Hodgkinson (Junior Picture Book)
Neither Timothy Limpet, a hairy troll who is supposed to be scary and loud, nor Tabitha Lumpit, a little girl who is supposed to be nice and polite, fit in with the rest of their families. When they accidentally bump into each other one day they decide to do a swap. Will they enjoy their new families? Will their old families miss them? A quirky, fun gorgeously illustrated story about belonging.
||Help! We need a title! / Hervé Tullet (Junior Picture Book)
A book which begins with the characters (a fairy, monster, snake, pig, dog and person) noticing that we the reader are watching them, and trying to write a story for us. They give it a good go, but decide the author will be better at making up a story and invite him into the pages to do so. A clever and unusual book – which at the end still needs a title! This video shows the author talking about the book, creating works for children and his visits to schools.
||13 photos children should know / Brad Finger (Junior Non-Fiction)
This title is revolves around thirteen famous photos of important events and people during the last century. The photos are given context by the use of a timeline running across the top of the page and accompanying text explains the significance of each image. Photos include Hilary on the top of Everest, the moon landing and the Berlin wall coming down. Inspiring and educational!
||10,000 days of thunder: A history of the Vietnam War / Philip Caputo (Junior Non-Fiction)
A comprehensive examination of the Vietnam war and its after-effects. This history has anecdotes from soldiers and civilians and profiles of many of the central figures involved in the war. Many photographs illustrate the text, and quick facts are included on each aspect of the war discussed.
||Noble conflict / Malorie Blackman (Young Adult)
A new dystopian novel by the author of the award winning Noughts and Crosses which, on the back cover, poses the question “how much do you trust the world around you?” Kaspar discovers that the Guardians protecting the peaceful post-apocalyptic city have not told him the truth about the rebels threatening them and why they are fighting. The book features a cool young librarian/data-analysis whizz, so we may be biased in loving it!
||The positively last performance / Geraldine McCaughrean
Another acclaimed children’s writer, Geraldine McCaughrean has created an exciting story set the English seaside village of Seashaw, which is based on the real village of Margate. Gracie and the ghosts she can see, who haunt the crumbling village theatre, set out to save it from ruin. Within this plot are stories about the ghostly characters which reveal the town’s history. Sadly, the librarian in this one meets a tragic end!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:02 AM,
“To discover the best ways of electrifying vehicle fleets, Fraunhofer IAO is collecting data from test fleets of electric vehicles in the “elektromobilisiert.de” project. Eight electric vehicles spent the last three months zooming around Garmisch-Partenkirchen as part of the community’s fleet. Now, the next test phase is up and running in collaboration with one of the largest and most innovative local employers: the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research – Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – or KIT Campus Alpin for short. KIT Campus Alpin management has decided to follow its home community’s good example, so from September 2013 until March 2014, e-mobility experts from Fraunhofer IAO and the IAT will be assessing the potential for electrifying the campus’s own vehicle fleet. Their efforts complement Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s e-GAP activities in its role as an electromobility model community.” Read more at http://www.iao.fraunhofer.de/lang-en/business-areas/mobility-and-urban-systems-engineering/1073-full-speed-ahead-for-electric-vehicles.html
Monday, November 25, 2013 9:42 AM,
Geospatial data Bloggers
Jared Diamond: How societies can grow old better
This Ted.com talk is based on many of the arguments presented in his 2012 The world until yesterday.The Library holds many of Jared Diamond's books.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:28 AM,
“Teaching two-legged robots a stable, robust “human” way of walking – this is the goal of the international research project “KoroiBot” with scientists from seven institutions from Germany, France, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands. The experts from the areas of robotics, mathematics and cognitive sciences want to study human locomotion as exactly as possible and transfer this onto technical equipment with the assistance of new mathematical processes and algorithms.” Read more at http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/news2013/pm20131017_roboter_en.html
Monday, November 25, 2013 8:36 AM,
Friday, November 22, 2013 1:21 PM,
West of Memphis (2012) Dir: Amy Berg Call Number: LD13-0818
Image: Courtesy of Sony Pictures
There are enough documentaries out there to suggest that the US justice system is broken, but some are better than others. West of Memphis stands out as it provides a shocking account of police incompetence and devastating failure of justice.
Building on the Paradise Lost films, the documentary chronicles the events of 1993, when the naked and mutilated bodies of three eight-year-old boys were found in Arkansas. Police quickly charges three teenagers for the ‘satanic’ murder of the boys and they are jailed for life in the midst of mass hysteria. From 1996 on, the absurdity of the charges are challenged by many, which are documented in Paradise Lost films.
Enter Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh who are the producers of West of Memphis. In 2004, after watching Paradise Lost, the couple joined the financing of the legal team, and Jackson hired Berg to direct the documentary. “Amy Berg’s clear, captivating, indignant film carves out its own significant place in criminal-justice cinema, makes new and startling revelations into the triple-murder mystery, and is visually spectacular to boot” (Anderson, 2012).
Anderson John. Review. variety.com. 20 Jan. 2012.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:48 PM,
You might not have guessed it but the pre-Christmas is always a very busy period for Library staff. This perceived 'quiet time' allows us to complete all the tasks that we were unable to complete during the teaching period. This year the Fine Arts Library is involved in a number of exciting projects.
Firstly, the Library's interior is being painted. This will be finished by the end of the year. We will post more pictures once painting commences in the public areas.
Secondly, we are assessing our Ephemera Collection, with a special focus on the emerging artists and gallery files. These files consist of those artists / galleries that do not yet have a catalogue entry. You can see only a small snapshot of artists being assessed below.
Finally, in addition to our normal indexing schedule, we are tidying up the Index to New Zealand Art database using OpenRefine, open source software. This is an on-going and significant project but once completed will help to provide a more searchable and user-friendly database.
Fine Arts Library
Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:46 AM,
“Dr David Brown, chief executive of the Institution of Chemical Engineers said: "The Strategy for Growth report highlights the need for competitive energy sources, and in particular mentions shale gas, a developing source of fuel; if the UK adopts fracking to access shale gas, chemical scientists and engineers will need to play a central role in its production and in monitoring any environmental impact." “ Read about it and read the full report at
Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:45 AM,
“Beginning with the industrial revolution in Great Britain, engineering objects and systems have shaped our modern world. The works included in this collection support the teaching and research conducted by students enrolled in the course Engineering in the Modern World. In addition to exploring the impact of engineering on shaping the modern world, the course also puts emphasis on the scientific, political, ethical, and aesthetic aspects in the evolution of engineering over the past two centuries. The collection highlights selected structural engineering works: the St. Louis Bridge, the Bayonne Bridge and a wide range of structures by Thomas Telford. Along with many other innovations, these provide a base for studying how engineering advances helped shape the modern society and culture.” Admire these works at http://pudl.princeton.edu/collections/pudl0090
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:34 PM,
Arts Information Services
New books written by staff from the Department of English have been recently received by the library.
Associate Professor Lisa Samuels has published a new book, Anti M (2013), a work of creative nonfiction with an experimental approach to the childhood memoir. American poet Lyn Hejinian has described Anti M as “a delicate, dark, expansive, and obviously elliptical text that explores not the opposite but the obverse side of memory”, and calls the language of the book “luminous” (Chax Press, 2013).
To read more about Associate Professor Samuels' Anti M, visit the news item on the book's release.
Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh’s second book of poetry was recently released, titled Dark Sparring (2013). The collection is accompanied by a CD of the verses put to music by Tim Page and was recorded in the Faculty of Arts studios.
The poetry in Dark Sparring covers a range of themes, but as Dr Tusitala Marsh notes, these themes “speak to each other in subtle ways” (Faculty of Arts News, 2013).
To learn more about Dark Sparring and Dr Tusitala Marsh’s creative process, read the news item on the poetry collection’s release.
Chax Press. (2013). Anti M by Lisa Samuels | Chax Press.
Faculty of Arts News. (2013, November 13). Poet’s latest verses a journey of loss and triumph.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:32 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers
In Greg Asner's Ecology from the air, a Ted talk from earlier this year, he demonstrates their use of remote sensing technologies to produce amazing ecological maps - stored carbon in Peru, biodiversity through laser guided spectroscopy, illegal gold mining, lion viewsheds indicating noctural ambush hunting strategy for males, etc.
Source: http://www.ted.com/talks/greg_asner_ecology_from_the_air.html [Accessed 20 November 2013]
GIS and Geospatial Librarian