Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Combustion Processes Research Guide

Librarians at the Library of Congress periodically create research guides on timely topics. They are dubbed “Science Tracer Bullets Online” (Historically, they were in paper format.) This latest was released on March 17th.
This is what the announcement reads:
“Web and print resources compiled by the Science, Technology and Business Division at the Library of Congress.
This guide lists relevant sources of information on alternative fuel vehicles and includes electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and personal transportation vehicles, as well as the technology of fuel economy and alternative fuels. It also includes advanced autoignition and lean-burn combustion processes for improving engine fuel economy.”

These research guides include books, conference proceedings, technical reports and papers, dissertations, key journals, and databases (abstracting and indexing services).
A caveat: Princeton does not necessarily have all the resouces listed, but our call numbers are likely to be the same as in the Library of Congress, and of course, we will be happy to obtain any resources lacking at Princeton, via Interlibrary Loan, or Document Delivery. Princeton will have most of the databases accessible electronically via the Main Catalog or under Articles and databases from the Library’s homepage.

SAE Digital Library Canceled at MIT, due to DRM imposition

The MIT Libraries have canceled access to the Society of Automotive Engineers’ web-based database of technical papers, rejecting the SAE’s requirement that MIT accept the imposition of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology.

SAE’s DRM technology severely limits use of SAE papers and imposes unnecessary burdens on readers. With this technology, users must download a DRM plugin, Adobe’s “FileOpen,” in order to read SAE papers. This plugin limits use to on-screen viewing and making a single printed copy, and does not work on Linux or Unix platforms.

The whole story is posted on the MIT Libraries Blog:

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Laser Focus World launches new website

B2B publisher PennWell Corporation, US, has announced that Laser Focus World, a monthly magazine for engineers, researchers, scientists, and technical professionals, has launched a new version of its web site at

The redesign is part of an ongoing strategic effort by Laser Focus World and its parent company, PennWell, to enhance their digital media offerings, and provide subscribers and others interested in the field of photonics and optoelectronics with the most comprehensive information resource available online. The new Laser Focus World web site highlights the breadth and depth of industry resources — including news, features, e-Newsletters, white papers, Webcasts, new products, and jobs — available to the magazine’s readers and online visitors.

Published since 1965, Laser Focus World is a magazine for engineers, researchers, scientists, and technical professionals providing comprehensive global coverage of optoelectronic technologies, applications, and markets. The magazine reports and analyses the latest developments and trends in technology and business in the optoelectronic and photonics industry.
Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Mar. 16, 2007

Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science (Springer)

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it will publish the first three volumes of its new Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science (UTiCS) series in April 2007. The series will cover a wide range of computer science subjects using a modular approach, providing textbooks that cover specific topics in detail. Four to six textbooks are scheduled for release regularly in April and September, every year.

The new UTiCS textbook series seeks to take a fresh, concise and modern approach to computer science, with content written in an appealing style. The series presents in-depth coverage of topics, along with numerous examples, problems and fully worked solutions, making the books suitable for one- or two-semester courses or self study. In addition, they are being issued in sturdy softcover versions in a bid to make them both affordable and durable.

Future UTiCS volumes will focus on programming, database systems, foundations of computing, mathematics, automata and modeling. Instructors can test UTiCS by ordering an inspection copy at

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National Academy of Engineering Radio Series WTOP

WTOP Radio Series on Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering works with the Washington, D.C. region’s only all-news radio station— WTOP Radio— and the nation’s only all-news radio station for federal employees— WFED AM 1050— to provide features highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news. WTOP’s Radio Series on Engineering explores a wide variety of topics ranging from how bioengineering can show the benefits of exercise to new longer lasting digital camera batteries.
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