The Library has upgraded its Scifinder Scholar subscription to the Academic Unlimited Access Program. This means that you have 24/7 access to Scifinder regardless of the number of users. Regards Kevin Lindstrom Science & Engineering Reference Librarian

From ASEE First Bell: Popular Science (3/13, Dillow) reports, “Microsoft Research labs has demoed a new prototype software that could be the next big step toward a so-called ‘universal translator’ device, one that can instantly flip one language into another and back again so a conversation can be carried on between two people even when […]

From Advertising Age: Google Inc. will allow a “do-not- track” button to be embedded in its Web browser, letting users restrict the amount of data that can be collected about them. The world’s most popular search engine is joining other Web companies to support the anti-tracking initiative, which prevents an individual’s browsing history from being […]

Google announced yesterday that before the end of 2012, you will be able to buy augmented-reality smart eyeglasses from the search giant. The Android-powered glasses will have an onboard camera that monitors in real time what you see as you walk (or, heavens preserve us, drive) down the street. The lenses will then overlay information […]

3769.3 Meters that a Russian team of scientists drilled through Antarctic ice to reach the surface of subglacial Lake Vostok on 5 February (see p. 788). 92 Percentage of the world’s total freshwater consumption each year attributed to agriculture, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. $333,000 Amount in […]

From today Economist‘s blog: THE British Parliament’s Clock Tower (more commonly known as Big Ben) is leaning north-west by 0.26 degrees, or 17 inches (43.5cm), according to documents that were recently made public. But Big Ben isn’t alone; architects have been correcting the Leaning Tower of Pisa since the 1170s when it was still being […]

Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel give an enlightening and entertaining TEDx talk about Google’s NGram Viewer tool and the emerging field of culturomics, which involves tracking historical trends through shifts in language.

courtesy of “Fantasy on high”.

Here is LHC rap with more than 6M views on YouTube

A team of scientists is investigating the ‘usefulness of music in science and math education’, and have created a website, with the help of an NSF grant, that includes a database of songs about engineering, math and science. Sing About Science & Math: songs for teaching, learning and fun My favourites: Graphene – the Musical […]

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