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Climate change is threatening U.S. landmarks from the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor to the César Chávez National Monument in Keene, California with floods, rising sea levels and fires, scientists said on Tuesday.
National Landmarks at Risk, a report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists, highlighted more than two dozen sites that potentially face serious natural disasters. They include Boston’s historic districts, the Harriet Tubman National Monument in Maryland and an array of NASA sites including the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
WISER for Android 3.1 is now available. Here’s a look at what’s new in this release:
- WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the Android platform. Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:
- physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors
- signs and symptoms of victims of exposure
- the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance
- hazard values from NFPA 704 placards
- transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car
- Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your Android device. Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map. The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook serves as the source of WISER’s protective distance data.
WISER for Android can be downloaded and installed directly from the Google Play Store:
Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:
- WISER for iOS and WISER for Android 4.5, which adds chemical reactivity, triage procedures, and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to these mobile platforms
- WISER 4.6, which will add many new substances to WISER and update much of WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data
International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference
Look for us at the upcoming International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference that takes place from May 29th - June 1 at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit the National Library of Medicine booth and join us at the following session:
308: Craft Your App – Make WISER More Robust
Learn about the latest improvements to WISER/CHEMM including additions of new substances, feature/capability equivalence across devices, etc. Bring your devices – we will run through scenarios together and see if you’re getting all the information you need quickly and efficiently. Help us to make this tool into something you really need.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is introducing a new NLM TOXNET interface this Spring. We’ve improved the appearance and interactive capabilities and given it a facelift for a more current look and feel.
The new TOXNET features:
- Improved appearance
- Intuitive interactive capabilities
- Improved multi-database search
- Easy selection of items to save in “My List”
- More accessible menus and pull-downs
- Type-ahead Browse
- Hover-over Help
You can preview the new look from the TOXNET home page (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov) and at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/.The old TOXNET will continue to be available for some weeks.