Today the big talks at the AAS were mostly about cosmology, pulsars, and other things that as far as I know were not hot news, but I did find out about one great new thing: ADS is getting a facelift. For those of you that don't use it religiously, NASA and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory have for the past 20 years run the Astrophysical Data System, which is an online library for publications in astronomy and astrophysics. ADS is an invaluable resource for those of us in the astrophysical community, but it also has had the same search interface for the past 20 years. For those of you that remember searching online in the 90's, the search interface may cause post-traumatic flashbacks.
Lycos, click here and take a good hard look.
So what does the new ADS look like? Here's the search interface:
Let's try searching for review articles about the solar dynamo and see how it does.
Overall, I give the new version of ADS two big thumbs up. Check it out.