Charles Ling (University of Western Ontario) and Qiang Yang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) have written a helpful book for people who are interested in what it is like to be a scientist or a researcher. Available as an ebook (to access it if you are off-campus sign in with your CWL): http://www.morganclaypool.com/doi/abs/10.2200/S00412ED1V01Y201203ENG018

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 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 […]

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.” […]

From ASEE update: Popular Science (6/16, Dillow) reports on Kilobots, small robots designed by Self Organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard that according to the article “demonstrate some interesting swarm behaviors, even if they’re not necessarily ‘doing’ anything yet.” The article features a video of the small robots performing a variety of tasks. The robots […]

Congratulations to the NBK Team for winning the Mine Rescue Competition at this years 2011 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and CMA 113th National Western Mining Conference “Shaping a Strong Future Through Mining” in Denver, Colorado! http://mining.ubc.ca/news.php?action=fullnews&id=141&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NbkMiningEngineering+%28NBK+Mining+Engineering%29

This week APSC 201 and APSC 176 students will see Kevin Read, Heidi Schiller , Andre Iwanchuk and myself coming to their classes to talk libraries. We will show the major engineering databases, ebook packages and talk about evaluating engineering information. We have booked six (6) sessions this week…see you in one of those!

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