Saturday, 30 January 2010

100 Best Reference Sites for Science Students

This new science students resource crossed our radar today and while the sections on botany, geology and zoology may not be relevant to Kevin St science students the chemistry, entvironmental science and physics reference resource sections should be pretty useful. Bookmark on delicious as you go - or use them via the Kevin St. Library delicious tags.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Apple unveils iPad computer

Apple has ended weeks of speculation by unveiling its long-awaited tablet PC, which it has called the iPad. Steve Jobs, Apple's chief exec unveiled the touchscreen device earlier today. Mr Jobs described the tablet as a "third category" between smartphones and laptops. The device, which looks like a large iPhone, can be used to watch films, play games and browse the web. Will the third way ipad follow the success of the ipod and iphone? Will we all be rushing out to buy it? (starting price $500 dollars) Time will tell..... see some spec details here. Lotsa comment n critique on Twitter and mashable.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Irish Stem Cell Foundation

The new Irish Stem Cell Foundation is set to launch this Friday. It's an independent, non-profit organisation composed of doctors, scientists, patient advocates, teachers and students established in October 2009. The website has a special section with information for biology students and links to StemCellResources. for Life Sciences provides useful online resources in different areas of Life Sciences and also Engineering for students, researchers, scientists and anyone related to the Life Sciences or Engineering fields. Several links are included and continuously updated, so that you can connect to universities, research institutes, book and journal publishers, industries and companies, read the latest news and also find Life Sciences jobs or Engineering jobs.

Monday, 25 January 2010

William Stallings computing student resource site

The William Stallings student resource site aims to provide up-to-date information and study links for computer science students. It includes math refreshers as well as research and careers resources with a little dash of humour on the side.

Thursday, 21 January 2010


Ever wanted to read a first hand account of Benjamin Franklin’s kite-flying experiment, or Stephen Hawking’s paper about black holes? Perhaps you want to see how Captain Cook preserved his shipmates’ health on long sea voyages? Well, now you can view them online, thanks to the Royal Society’s Trailblazing website. To mark it’s 350th anniversary, the Society has selected what it considers to be 60 of the most influential or groundbreaking papers from its archive of more than 60,000 publications- all for free.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Invisible dangers in pick-n-mix

Fancy a few sweets? Think again if you are buying them from a pick and mix stand. You may be buying more than your liquorice or jelly beans. The scoops and bins may be alive with bacteria left behind by previous customers, according to a project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. And while the most hazardous bugs weren’t found, those on hand are enough to make you ill at the thought.
The project put Zoe and Orlaith Fox and Shannan Feeley right off the idea of using pick and mix sweets and their two part project involved a search for bacteria but also ideas of how to reduce the bacteriological risks. The main organisms found were staphylococcus and micrococcus bacteria and most of the bacteria were found on the scoops and on the bins. The sweets too were often contaminated, They tested a range of sweets and found that those with granular sugar coatings were usually clear of bacteria because the organisms can not tolerate the sugar. Read Dick Ahlstrom's full article here

Monday, 11 January 2010

Library open until 9.30pm

Due to the improvement in the weather conditions Kevin St Library will be open as usual tonight until 9.30pm.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Skype availabe to students

Students wishing to use Skype in the library can now book a dedicated pc to use this service.

  • Monday - Thursday 6pm-8pm
  • Room KA-207 in the Library
For more details contact or 402-4894

Monday, 4 January 2010

January Opening hours

Regular term hours resume today Monday 4th January in DIT Library Kevin St.

  • Monday- Thursday: 9.30am-9.30pm
  • Fridays: 9.30am-5.15pm
  • Saturdays: 9.30am-4.30pm

Happy New Year and best of luck with the exams next week.