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Monday, 29 June 2009

A library of the world's most unusual compounds

The Financial Times recently featured an interesting piece about the development of the Materials Library at King's College London.

As an Oxford graduate Mark Miodownik (of the Materials Research Group) helped create the Materials Library to store some of the World's strangest substances with the hope of  instill[ing] a sense of wonder in the visitor.

Discontent with limiting learning to material theory he began by collecting materials for use as classroom resources. Later, with the help of a £70,000 funding initiative, the library was set up to allow visitors an opportunity to touch and smell materials whilst studying the relationship between its molecular structure and physical properties.

If you're interested in visiting the library try contacting them for information on exhibitions or events. There's also a mailing list if you're looking to join the Materials Library network to keep up-to-date with news and activities.

Mark Miodownik

And for more on Mark see:

Thursday, 18 June 2009

New Books

Need something to keep your brain occupied over the summer? Well, have you had a look at our New Books lists on STAR? Below is a selection of books received over the last month:

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Arts-Science Encounters series

Want to know more about nanotechnology and postmodern culture? Well the next event in the series of art-science encounters is focusing on just that. The aim of these 'encounters' is to create an environment which stimulates discussion - conversation, comparison and debate - about the ways we 'choose to pursue knowledge' in difference fields.

On June 9th Professor Richard Jones and Professor Andy Miah (University of the West of Scotland) will be looking ahead to the future, from their contrasting vantage-points in physics and ethics research, to question 'what kind of future is nanotechnology creating for us?' And, 'what will it mean to be human in the twenty-first century?'

If interested you can register your attendance online. All events (unless otherwise stated) are held on Tuesdays from 5.30pm to 7.00pm in the Douglas Knoop Centre of the Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Trial to Reaxys

From now until June 30th we are running a trial service to Reaxys, a web-based search and retrieval system for chemical compounds, bibliographic data and chemical reactions. In merging three prestigious databases (CrossFire Beilstein, the Patent Chemistry Database and CrossFire Gmelin) into a single resource Reaxys combines results into a single search set and provides detailed excerpts from multiple patent or journal sources.

To get the most out of the trial why not sign up for an hour long webinar to learn more about Reaxys and how it enhances the exploration of chemical substance information. Instruction materials are also available and well worth checking out, especially the quick reference guide.