ACS (American Chemical Society) Nanotechnology News & Information

ACS Nanotation now live

On Monday, Oct. 22nd, ACS Publications launched ACS Nanotation now live a new website created to bring together the worldwide nano community. This free online resource enables nanoscientists to save time by reading reviews that identify the most significant, new research. Register to win a free iPod® nano!

From “LiveWire” (ACS Publication News) Vol. 8, issues 9/10

ASCE Online Research Library

Princeton University now has access to the entire ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Online Research Library (, which includes all ASCE journals and conference proceedings since 1996. This library provides you with unprecedented access to more than 33,000 full-text papers from ASCE journals and conference proceedings published. Approximately 4,000 new papers will be added each year. Searching the full text of an article is apparently not available, though, and there will be a delay before all the additional titles will be listed in the Main Catalog.

TechXtra — New database for Engineering , mathematics and Computing

TechXtra is a free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.’ Many items are full text. The contents are described specifically in a table found here:

Do read the “about section”. It will not take the place of Library subcription indexes/databases, like Engineering Index, which should be searched first, but it does provide “deep web” searching of collections missed by Google. Where the Library has subscriptions to series, there should be a link. When you can’t find full text access without logging in or paying, do request papers, etc., via Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery.
TechXtra’s search engine is still under development for more refinements, truncation, for example. There is a slight emphasis on the United Kingdom.

Scitopia database emerges from beta

Scitopia is a science and technology website created by 15 societies as a free, federated search portal. Three million articles or reports are searchable by author, title or keywords.

The societies involved are: Acoustical Society of America (ASA), American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Institute of Physics (AIP), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Vacuum Society (AVS), Electrochemical Society (ECS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute of Physics (IOP), Optical Society of America (OSA), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), & SPIE.

The full text is not searchable, and when you find papers or reports, there are link resolvers to take you directly to the full text if Princeton subscribes. The societies are making it possible to ppurchase the papers directly, but Princeton ID holders may submit requests to our Document Delivery service.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library

Online access to the ICE Virtual Library is available to the Princeton community. The ICE Virtual Library is a digitized collection of journal articles published within the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and other titles, from 1836 to the present.

Energy Economics databases — two new resources

The Library has subscriptions to Global Insights and EIU ( Economist Intelligence Unit). These services cover economic issues worldwide, by region, or country. There is data, economic and financial analysis, forecasting and marketing intelligence for various sectors of the economy. Energy is now a segment in each. These databases can be found listed under the “Articles and Databases. Global Insight is a monolithic heading, whereas EIU, lists various sectors separately. The EIU market sector databases are brand new and are currently listed under “New & Featured Databases”. “The Economist” (London), the highly respected and popular periodical, is also published by EIU. Similar to Global Insight, EIU contains news of critical issues, reports and briefings, and data and market analyses.

Journal of Biological Engineering — new open access journal

The Journal of Biological Engineering (JMB) is just being launched by BioMed Central, an open access (OA) publisher.

From today’s Knowledgespeak Newsletter:
“Dr Mark Riley, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, will serve as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. He will be supported by an expert Editorial Board.

The official publication of the Institute of Biological Engineering, the Journal of Biological Engineering will cover all aspects of biological engineering. The journal seeks to provide a forum for topics that address the basic questions that unify all applications of biological engineering.

Articles in JBE are listed in PubMed and archived at PubMed Central. JBE manuscripts will integrate engineering with life sciences to generate new quantitative methods, models, and information. The journal invites manuscript submissions that address theoretical and applied approaches to design, optimise, and use biological systems ranging in scale from molecules, cells, organisms, to ecosystems.”

“Giant Magnetoresistance” has led to iPods, etc. — Who knew?!

Yesterday, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Peter Gruenberg of Germany and Albert Fert of France whose work revolutionized digital data storage.
“Their discovery that ultra-thin slices of metal have different electrical properties in a magnetic field not only changed the musical and computing habits of the entire planet but also altered the very landscape of how people think about information, and the ways in which music, movies and ideas can be shared.”

Read the whole article in the Washington Post:

There is a cool graph illustrating hard disk storage growth, and some photos with audio.

Data Storage Discovery Earns Nobel
Breakthrough by Frenchman, German Empowers iPods and Laptops

By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 10, 2007; Page A03