Organic chemistry students at Manchester Metropolitan University are starting the new term this Autumn armed with the latest ChemDraw software by PerkinElmer Informatics which will enable them to better illustrate their work with clear molecular structures. ChemDraw will also make it easier for research and teaching staff to submit their papers to academic journals, as well as collaborate with other institutions.
ChemDraw was chosen to replace an alternative drawing application, because it is easier to learn, faster to use and compatible with a wider range of databases and external websites.
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Learn more about ChemDraw’s renowned, easy-to-use chemical drawing capabilities.
It’s probably the most famous children’s hospital in the world. Over the past 162 years Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has saved or transformed the lives of thousands upon thousands of children. It’s also a centre of pioneering research in paediatric medicine, with an impressive record of innovation in cancer, heart and lung diseases, neuroscience, immunology and more.
As at all major research institutes, clinical researchers at GOSH use EndNote bibliographic software to locate and cite the vast literature resources in paediatric medicine. But until recently, and through a technical anomaly (researchers at GOSH actually work for a separate organisation), hands-on medical staff haven’t had the same access to EndNote except by buying an individual licence – not an affordable proposition for over 200 staff.
An interesting new case study describes how a senior librarian at GOSH, determined to provide equal access to such an essential research resource, overcame financial and organisational hurdles to ensure clinical as well as research staff are now able to use EndNote via a site licence. That means they’re able to keep abreast of all the latest literature, therapies and techniques – and the ultimate beneficiaries are, of course, the children they treat.
In 1992, Martin Lang bought what he thought was an original nude watercolour said to be painted from 1909-10 by Russian-born, modernist artist Marc Chagall. Authenticity tests carried out by experts for BBC One’s Fake or Fortune programme (broadcast on 2nd February 2014) proved that the painting was in fact a fake. They used Thermo Scientific GRAMS spectroscopy software to identify the pigment used in the painting, which turned out to be Phthalocyanine Blue. This type of colourant was only invented after the 1930s. That meant the watercolour couldn’t possibly have been painted around 1909. Check out the related story on the BBC Entertainment & Arts website.
This isn’t the first instance we’ve heard where GRAMS spectroscopy software has proven useful in the world of art conservation. Gus Shurvell, a Professor in the Art Conservation Program at Queen’s University, Ontario, also uses GRAMS for spectroscopic and chemical analysis of art and archeological artefacts. Its particularly useful for comparing spectra recorded in the laboratory with spectra contained in databases of reference spectra. You can read the full case study here.
Adept Scientific recently donated two Sony AIBO dogs to The National Museum of Computing at Bletchly Park – home of the World’s first electronic computer. They might be just 14 years old, but that’s positively antique in computing technology terms! Named Spot and Rex, these cyber canines caused quite a stir when they were first bought in the summer of 1999 and became ‘office pets’ at the Adept Letchworth HQ. The interactive, ball-playing, tail-wagging, leg-cocking digital doggy duo were featured regularly on television and in the press at the time because they used state-of-the-art AI technology. There were only 5000 first generation AIBO dogs ever made and they went on sale only in the US and Japan. That makes them quite a rarity in the UK. Hence, they’re taking pride of place in the museum’s robotics display surrounded by a collage of press cuttings that any celebrity would be proud of.
Though Spot was mechanically complete, it didn’t actually work. Rex, on the other hand, still functioned but with a few glitches like an ‘arthritic’ leg and ‘Sleep Head Syndrome’ where he goes into sleep mode and won’t reactivate. The Museum team solved the limb issue by swapping one of Spot’s legs with Rex’s, though the sudden napping needs manual override using the sleep button on the front.
Rex gets the chance to show off to visitors occsionally under close supervision on special museum days and events like the recent visit from Doctor Who’s K9 (see photo) and he’s a big hit with the children who are interigued by his interactive antics.
If you’re passing Bletchley Park, why not pop in for a visit?
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- Picture shows George the Robot (made by the late Tony Sale), K9 and the two Aibo’s sitting guard.
Tomorrow, 9th February is National Libraries Day! So while you’re celebrating your local library and the library staff who strive to connect you with the information you need, why not check out two new tools from Thomson Reuters that streamline research and provide referencing tools wherever your discoveries happen – in the library or on the go. We’re talking about the eagerly anticipated EndNote iPad app and a new free RefScan iPhone app.
The EndNote iPad app enables EndNote X6 users to easily find and import references from online databases into their EndNote library, then use the EndNoteSync capability to update, manage, share and synchronise their references in EndNote desktop and EndNote Web with just one click. Find out more, buy and download now!
Thomson Reuters’ RefScan app lets users simply search for published material on their iPhone or scan the DOIs from printed documents to quickly look up in Web of Knowledge. Then they can store their findings in their own free, password-protected library in EndNote Web to retrieve anytime, anywhere with internet access. Find out more and download free now.