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

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has announced that a Peter Wall Institute Major Thematic Grant of $500,000 has been awarded to Dr. Michael Wolf, Principal Investigator (Chemistry) for a project entitled “Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications” for the period 2012-2016. http://www.pwias.ubc.ca/awards/thematic-programs/major-thematic-grants.php

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6072/1038.full?rss=1 Seventeen-hundred-dollar-an-ounce gold is driving a mining frenzy, but analysts are concerned that miners can’t extract gold any faster than they have the past decade.

From ASEE First Bell: Popular Science (8/9, Boyle) reports, “Small colonies of swimming magnetic particles can self-assemble into micro-machines that can manipulate other particles,” according a study published in Nature Materials. “The particles can be remotely controlled to grasp and move other objects, which could enable precise and delicate fabrication processes that were previously not […]

From the ASEE daily update – First Bell: On its website, MSNBC (7/26, Roach) reports, “Imagine a smartphone that looks like a piece of clear plastic, lighting up to display contacts, a game, the weather, or email from a friend. That future may be upon us thanks to a new, transparent and flexible lithium-ion battery.” […]

A new oximeter measures blood oxygen level by plugging into mobile phones. The PhoneOximeter, developed by UBC’s Electrical & Computer Engineering in Medicine, can detect signs of low blood oxygen levels, thereby preventing brain damage or death from an overdose of anesthesia. The device, which clips onto a finger to link to a clinician’s phone, […]

From ASEE daily news digest: The International Business Times (5/17) reports that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in a study funded by the Federal Aviation Administration and Air Force Research Labs, found that “biofuels may pollute the environment much more heavily if the process used to make them isn’t done in the right […]

Heidi Schiller and I will be offering an APSC 150 class on Wed, 2 February, 4:30pm – 5:00pm in FSC 1005. The library class page is here – http://toby.library.ubc.ca/ereserve/er-coursepage.cfm?id=2411

Teaching APSC 262 class – Tue, 1 February, 11am – 12pm in MCLD 228. Library course page is here – http://toby.library.ubc.ca/ereserve/er-coursepage.cfm?id=2500

APSC 150 students will see us on Wed, 26 January, 8:30am – 9:00am and Wed, 26 January, 3:30pm – 4:00pm for a short class talking about researching engineering failures. Here is the library class page – http://toby.library.ubc.ca/ereserve/er-coursepage.cfm?id=2411

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