Large Hadron Collider design & construction reports free online

LHC Technical Reports published in the Journal of Instrumentation – 26 Aug 2008

The Journal of Instrumentation (JINST), jointly published by IOP Publishing and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), has announced the publication of the complete scientific documentation of the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) machine and detectors, which is claimed to be the world’s largest experimental facility in particle physics. The seven major articles, covering the entire LHC project, are published as a special issue of the Journal of Instrumentation and are available online at

In time for the LHC start-up on September 10, the articles form a complete scientific documentation of the design and construction of the LHC machine, and all six detectors (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, LHCf and TOTEM). These articles will serve as key references for the stream of scientific results that will begin to emerge from the LHC soon after the first collisions expected later this year.

Journal of Instrumentation is a peer-reviewed journal created by the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) and IOP Publishing. The journal covers major areas related to concepts and instrumentation in detector physics, accelerator science and associated experimental methods and techniques, theory, modelling and simulations.

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Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, August 26, 2008

IEEE Xplore® Training Videos

“IEEE has taken the most requested training topics and created short digital tutorials to show users how to get the most out of IEEE Xplore. Whether you are new to the IEEE Xplore digital library or just looking for a refresher, these modules provide tips for using IEEE Xplore more efficiently. Topics for the tutorials range from setting up e-mail alerts and browsing content to advanced search techniques, creating complex searches from session histories and capitalizing on the many features of the AbstractPlus page. All under five minutes long, these instant training modules are perfect for catching up on useful pointers to help your research go smoothly. The modules can be found under “Digital Library Training” on the Client Services Center site and more will be added soon. See IEEE Xplore Training Videos

Source: What’s New @ IEEE, August, 2008

IEEE Applications & Practice

New Release: IEEE Applications & Practice Magazine

IEEE recently released its first ePub title in IEEE Xplore®, IEEE Applications & Practice Magazine. This ePub marks the beginning of a new publishing method that allows for faster publishing of fresh and dynamic content to ensure that information on new topics can be available quickly. Intended to be a source of timely, significant and technically-reviewed articles, tutorials and application notes, the ePub is an add-on to our existing IEEE Communications Magazine. To access IEEE Applications & Practice Magazine, users should visit the IEEE Communications Magazine Web page in IEEE Xplore.

View the current issue of IEEE Applications & Practice Magazine

Source: What’s New @ IEEE, August 2008

Princeton University subscribes to IEEE Xplore. IEEE Applications & Practice, as well as IEEE Communications Magazine are listed in the main catalog and the e-journals lists.

IEE-sponsored global competition — solve world problems!

IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition

Do you know a student who is making a positive impact on the world? To help celebrate 125 years of engineering the future, IEEE is hosting a global competition for students who develop unique solutions to real-world problems using engineering, science, computing and leadership skills to benefit their community or humanity. Winners could walk away with up to US$10,000 and a trip to the 2009 IEEE Honors Ceremony in Los Angeles, California, USA. The competition runs from 1 September 2008 to 28 February 2009.” For more information, read the Competition Flyer

Source: “What’s New @ IEEE”

Environmental Nanotechnology online conference

“SPIE to host Environmental Nanotechnology online conference

The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Inc. (SPIE) is hosting an online conference to reduce the carbon footprint of technology transfer. The SPIE Environmental Nanotechnology will present 18 speakers in a live conference on October 15 with tracks on Pollution and Energy Reduction and Environmental Sensing.

Conference proceedings papers will be published online in the SPIE Digital Library immediately after the meeting, as approved. The SPIE Digital Library provides access to more than 230,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present. More than 17,000 new research papers are added annually.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology have produced many novel materials and devices for a wide range of applications, including electronics, photonics, biomedicine, and energy. Growing awareness of environmental impacts of climate change has created significant opportunity to apply these to pollution-reduction and energy efficiency. Conference topics include technologies enabling these applications, including areas such as photovoltaics, light-emitting diodes, sensors, and stand-off detectors.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Aug. 13, 2008

(Princeton University has a subscription to the SPIE Digital Library.)

EnergyCurrent — News for energy business

EnergyCurrent expands site with new feature and improved search function – 05 Aug 2008, a publisher of upstream energy business news focused on offshore petroleum and emerging and alternative energy resources, has enabled a new feature, allowing registered users to comment on all of the site’s articles.

The comments feature allows readers to interact with the stories, adding their views and opinions to up-to-date news articles on the energy industry. EnergyCurrent has also added an improved search function, making it even easier for readers to find the stories that interest them the most. is projected as a one-stop resource for news on the rapidly growing upstream energy business segments of offshore oil and gas and emerging and alternative energy resources. Coverage focuses on global offshore exploration and production of oil and gas, field development and construction, the global LNG industry and renewable energy resources such as wind energy, wave energy, solar power, and bio-fuels. The site is free to read online and offers a free daily email digest recapping the previous day’s stories.
Source: Knowledgespeak News