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September 10, 2008

End of Summer Cookout...with Lava

Here's a little farewell to summer recipe courtesy of the Dolphin Bay Hotel in Hilo Hawaii. Remember to do your cooking outside the park!

How to cook with Lava

How long would it take the LHC to defrost a pizza?

From Scientific American, 60-Second Science Blog 9/10/08:

"Forget black holes. Here's the real question about the Large Hadron Collider: How fast could it defrost a pizza?

The forward thinking editors at Scientific American was all over this question in the June 2007 issue. Our staff made an estimate based on the rate and energy of particle collisions when the machine's two beams meet head on. (SA actually considered lead ion beams—which the LHC will begin circulating in a few years—which would impart more energy than colliding protons.) "... (continued)

Complete article: http://www.sciam.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=how-long-would-it-take-the-lhc-to-d-2008-09-10

September 18, 2008

Knovel University Challenge Starts 9/29/08

Enter to win a Wii, iPod Nano or Free Music from Knovel. The contest starts 9/29/08.

Students have until (midnight) Monday, November 7th to submit answers and contact information (full name, school name, email address) via the contest widget available at http://www.info.knovel.com/challenge.

All entries with a total of at least 3 correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for one of (2) Nintendo Wiis, (3) iPod Nanos and (6) iTunes Gift Cards taking place on December 1st, 2008. All winners must present correct answers to 3 quiz questions. For entries to be valid, and to qualify for prizes, students must use Knovel to answer the questions.

To reward schools with outstanding participation, all universities with 100 entries or more are guaranteed entry into a contest-within-the-contest ensuring that 1 student participant with 3 correct answers will be the winner of an iPod Nano. The winners will be contacted by Knovel Corporation via email.

New Carbon Material Stores Renewable Electrical Energy

Engineers and scientists at UT Austinhave achieved a breakthrough which shows that graphene (a form of carbon) could eventually double the capacity of existing ultracapacitors. This technology has the promise of significantly improving the efficiency and performance of electric and hybrid cars, buses, trains and trams.

Read more at UT Austin News

Warmer World Faces Loss Of Biodiversity

A new analysis by a pair of researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego demonstrates the major challenges society will have to face in dealing with a problem that now seems unavoidable.

Read more at UC San Diego News Center.

Full paper: "On avoiding dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system: Formidable challenges ahead" can be found here.

September 19, 2008



Whether you're a fan of Airbus or Boeing, Quantas or Aer Lingus, this
website provides very thorough coverage of the airline industry. The Flight
Global group's motto is "serious about aviation", and it shows on their
homepage, where visitors can find over thirteen sections dedicated to air
transport, helicopters, training, and spaceflight. The more casual user may
just wish to click on a few of the "Latest News Headlines", but dedicated
aeronautics devotees may wish to sign up for their e-newsletter and their
RSS feed. Moving down the site's homepage, visitors can cruise on in to the
"What's Hot" area and the "Jobs" section, which might be useful for future
members of a flight crew or those looking to make a more dramatic career
change. Of course, any visit to this site would be woefully incomplete if
visitors didn't take a look at profiles of the Airbus 380, the Boeing 747,
and many other planes in the "Dynamic Aircraft Profiles" area of the site.

September 23, 2008

Upcoming Engineering Film: A Flash of Genius

Continue reading "Upcoming Engineering Film: A Flash of Genius" »

Leonardo DaVinci Exhibit Opens in San Jose

The Tech Museum of Innovation hosts the world premier of "Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future". The exhibit will be in San Jose September 27-January 4 and is being billed as an "exclusive US appearance". Over 200 artifacts will be on display including, models and paintings by his students. The hands-on gallery will let you articipate in hands-on design challenges based on Leonardo's engineering, scientific and art principles. Tickets are on sale now.

Leonardo at The Tech

Quantum Stabilized Atom Mirror

A team of physicists from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies in Nanoscience (IMDEA-Nanociencia) has created the smoothest surface ever, according to a recent article in Advanced Materials.

The mirror resembles a curved wafer made up of a silicon crystal with a thickness of 50 microns, and covered with a very fine layer of lead, 1 or 2 nanometres thick. To study the reflection on this metal, the scientists used helium atoms. Until now mirrors made solely from silicon reflected 1% of helium atoms, but by adding the layer of lead they have managed to achieve a reflection of up to 67%.The innovation is already being used in the design of the world's first atomic microscope.

Read the full article: A Quantum-Stabilized Mirror for Atoms. Advanced Materials, 20 (18): 3492. September 2008

September 24, 2008

IEEE Reaches Out with New Initiatives

Always looking for ways to connect with communities, IEEE has recently launched several new initiatives to communicate about general interests and technological advancements.

IEEE Engaging the World Newsletter
Created to highlight topics of world importance involving IEEE members who are striving to make the world a better place through engineering, technology and computing, this e-publication will cover critical global issues and spotlight IEEE experts who are engaging the world and making a difference.

IEEE New Technology Connections
Your connection with IEEE brings you access to a wealth of knowledge. This newly designed portal spotlights emerging technologies and puts all the information you need right at your fingertips. For each featured technology, you will find a general description, upcoming conferences, news articles and technical papers, as well as related standards, professional organizations and academic programs.

Earthzine—Fostering Earth Observations & Global Awareness

Earthzine is an online source for news, articles, information and educational materials about Earth Science, Earth observations and users of Earth information for the international Earth-observing community. Supported by the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation, Earthzine is updated regularly with news from around the world.

SPIE Photonincs Innovation Summit

SPIE Photonics Innovation Summit
6 November 2008
San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel
Burlingame, California, USA

Attend the SPIE Photonics Innovation Summit and take the mystery out of innovation – refine your strategy, learn new tactics and improve the odds of successful commercialization. Become fluent in the latest business research and learn real-world lessons from successful innovators.
Sign up today and receive two FREE copies of the books written by the keynote speakers – Open Innovation and Innovation Nation.


Seating is limited—register today to secure your space

5 reasons to sign-up now:

1) Learn from world-renowned speakers including top authors Henry Chesbrough and John Kao.

2) A unique focus on photonics – hear leaders and top thinkers in solar, solid-state lighting and biophotonics from Stanford, Berkeley, PARC, and DOE.

3) Make new connections that can help you move ideas to market.

4) You’ll be able to cultivate and sustain innovation, so it becomes a standard way of working and thinking in your company.

5) Two free books by keynote speakers – Open Innovation by Chesbrough and Innovation Nation by Kao.
Don't miss this event—register now

In one day, you will learn how to help innovation flourish in your organization – isn’t that worth putting on your calendar, right now?


# UC Berkeley - Center for Executive Education
# Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

SPIE Photonics Innovation Summit

Hear from the experts who have turned their intellectual capital into real-world success:

David Benaron, Spectros
Craig Cornelius, Hudson Clean Energy Partners
Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley
George Craford, Lumileds
Chris Eberspacher, Applied Materials
Scott Elrod, PARC, Hardware Systems Labs
Jennifer Ernst, PARC
Joseph W. Goodman, Stanford University
John Kao, Kao & Co.
John Lushetsky, U.S. Department of Energy
Lesa Mitchell, Kauffman Foundation
Richard Swanson, SunPower
Jean-Luc Vanderheyden, GE Healthcare
Peter Visser, Philips Lighting

TI Graphing Calculators Available for In-Library Use

The Engineering Library recently purchased graphing calculators for in-house use. We have a TI-89 Titanium and a TI-84 Plus, both with USB cords that can be connected to the library computer cluster. They can can be checked out for 4 hours and used in the library. For more information please ask at the circulation desk.

September 29, 2008

Knovel University Challenge

Could you use a iPod or a Wii? Use Knovel to answer 3 questions and you could win a iPod Nano, free music or a Wii. To start click on the "play" button below:

September 30, 2008

IEEE Expert Now online courses--free trial

The Engineering Library has arranged for a trial of IEEE Expert Now from October 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008.
You now have access to over 70 engaging and highly
interactive one-hour online learning courses from IEEE, covering the fields
of aerospace, circuits & devices, communications, computing, optics, power
and energy, professional development and more.

Get Started:

1. Access the Stanford University subscription @ www.ieee.org/ieeexplore
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to first disable your pop-up blocker if you have
one enabled)

2. You will be logged in automatically via IP authentication

3. To view the full Course Catalog, go to the BROWSE pull-down menu and
This will allow you to browse a list of courses by SUBJECT AREA or COURSE

4. Click on the course title that you wish to access.

5. To view the course outline, click on the MAP icon in the lower left and
click on the section of the course you wish to access.

Try IEEE Expert Now and then give us your feedback.

To access the survey go to: http://ieee.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_6y7veJEMzyhQPIw&SVID=Prod

We look forward to your comments, thanks!

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