Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New database: nanotechnology/environmental health and safety

The International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) has launched a new research database containing "citation information and summaries of peer-reviewed papers on environmental health and safety research on incidental and engineered nanoparticles."

UMass users: don't pay for access to articles you find through this database! If you find a citation you'd like to track down, first check the UMass library catalog to see if we own the journal. If we don't, we can get the article for you via Interlibrary Loan.

Monday, August 29, 2005

[Chemistry] SciFinder Scholar 2006 now available

CAS has announced the launch of SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Windows.

Announcement from CAS (includes description of new features)

Download SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Windows (UMass users only)

Good news for Mac users: CAS is planning to release an OS X compatible version of SciFinder before the end of 2005. Watch this space!

Posted by era to Science Library Update-Chemistry at 8/29/2005 05:39:00 AM

Sunday, August 28, 2005

[Chemistry] New open-access chemistry journal

The Beilstein-Institut and BioMed Central have announced the launch of the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, a new open-access chemistry journal.

From the BioMed Central homepage: "The launch of this open access journal marks two important developments for BioMed Central: close publishing collaboration with an important scientific institution, and the broadening of our publishing activity to include chemistry."

Like most BioMed Central journals, this one offers an RSS feed which provides abstracts of new articles.

Posted by era to Science Library Update-Chemistry at 8/28/2005 05:36:00 AM

Friday, August 26, 2005

[Chemistry] Wired News: Drier Laundry Through Chemistry

Yet another instantiation of "better living through chemistry":

Wired News: Drier Laundry Through Chemistry: "A 'chemical wringer' developed by researchers in Florida leaves clothes 20 percent drier than a normal wash, and could save consumers millions in electricity bills.

A novel mix of common detergent ingredients that lowers the surface tension in liquids could force extra water from clothes during the final spin cycle, the researchers found."

Posted by era to Science Library Update-Chemistry at 8/26/2005 10:26:00 AM

[Biochemistry] Scientist at UMass Amherst Receives $150,000 From Hood Foundation To Study Fabry Disease

Congratulations to Scott Garman:

UMass Amherst Office of News & Information : News Releases
"University of Massachusetts Amherst scientist Scott Garman, biochemistry and molecular biology, has received $150,000 from the Charles H. Hood Foundation to study Fabry Disease."

Posted by era to Science Library Update-Biochemistry at 8/26/2005 11:25:00 AM

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Watch this space for news and discussion concerning science information sources and services, particularly targeted at the UMass Amherst community.

[Physics] Blogging arXiv

Any physicists or researchers in related fields who are using RSS will no doubt be interested in the following:

Crooked Timber >> >> Blogging arXiv:
"Non-physicists may not be familiar with’s effectively replaced journal publication as the primary means for physicists to communicate with each other. Journal publication is still important – but as an imprimatur, a proof of quality, rather than a way to disseminate findings to a wider audience. arXiv has now introduced trackbacks – people visiting the abstract of a paper on arXiv can see what blogs have commented on the paper, and read what they have had to say. Furthermore, arXiv has rss feeds of recent papers, classified by subject matter, making it much easier to keep up with new publications in a subfield."

Posted by era to Science Library Update-Physics at 8/26/2005 11:28:00 AM