Monday, 23 February 2009

2 new forensic science resources

Kruglick's forensic resource site. This website provides a large collection of links to forensic science and criminal law websites including accident investigation, arson, crime scene investigation, ethics, finger prints, tyre prints and shoe prints, firearms and ballistics, forensic anthropology, forensic chemistry and toxicology, forensic DNA analysis, forensic entomology, forensic medicine and pathology, forensic odontology, forensic psychology and forensic psychiatry

Crime and clues : the art and science of criminal investigation. This website provides a collection of forensic science articles from various authors and links to related websites, covering crime scene investigation, fingerprint evidence, physical evidence, photographs and drawings, digital evidence, testimonial evidence, behavioural evidence, death investigations, unsolved crimes, missing persons, expert witnesses and ethics

Friday, 20 February 2009

Extra laptops now available

There are now 16 wifi enabled laptops available for loan to students in Kevin St Library.

Ask at the library desk for a loan form or contact for more details.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Alchemist Newsletter Feb 09

What's new in the Alchemist and on Chemweb?

environment: Phosphorus form
materials: Fueling the future with nanotubes
physical: Solids cracked…almost
biochemistry: Tuning into enzymes
analytical: Liquid explosives

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


Keeping up-to-date with the scholarly literature just became much easier, thanks to a new service called ticTOCs - Journal Tables of Contents Service

ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service. It’s free, its easy to use, and it provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers. It helps scholars, researchers, academics and anyone else keep up-to-date with what’s being published in the most recent issues of journals on almost any subject.

Using ticTOCs, you can find journals of interest by title, subject or publisher, view the latest TOC, link through to the full text of over 250,000 articles (where institutional or personal subscriptions, or Open Access, allow), and save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can view future TOCs.
ticTOCs also makes it easy to export selected TOC RSS feeds to popular feedreaders such as Google Reader and Bloglines. You select TOCs by ticking those of interest - thousands of TOCs, within a tick or two (hence the name ticTOCs).

Monday, 9 February 2009

Analytical Chemistry Resources

New: Wiley’s free analytical chemistry websites & magazines.

Register and login to use to the fully interactive spectroscopy and separation resources offering all the techniques under one roof. This includes resources such as webinars, podcasts, news and ezine features, tutorials, conferences and videocasts.

Upcoming FREE WEBINAR: Challenges in Nanoanalysis - Performing EDS Analyses on Small Structures at Low Acceleration Voltages. Date: Wednesday 29 April 2009. Time: 4pm UK time, 5pm. Register

PCR multimedia tutorial

Polymerase chain reaction is a multimedia tutorial and animation with audio narration which discusses the process of polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

This is one of a series of animated tutorials aimed at students produced on the Web by Sumanas, Inc. who provide interactive resources for higher education.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Morphing cells into body parts

Scientists at NUI Galway have made it on to the front cover of a prestigious journal with their research into controlling ‘tissue engineering’

By its very nature tissue engineering is exceptionally multidisciplinary, says Prof Peter McHugh who heads NUI Galway’s department of mechanical and biomedical engineering. He and PhD candidate Adam Stops joined Prof Patrick Prendergast and Dr Louise McMahon in Trinity College Dublin’s centre for bioengineering in a research project that reflects the complexity of tissue engineering.

Their work has had a huge impact, providing the cover story in the current issue of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. “The project fits into the whole area of tissue engineering and regeneration,” says McHugh, who is also the research cluster leader for biomechanics within Galway’s National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science.

It is all about growing skin, tendon, cartilage or muscle in the lab for use as replacement tissue after loss or injury. It has huge potential given the original cells would come from the recipient and so there is no question of tissue . Full details on the new research model are available at