Monday, October 20, 2014

trial to additional titles by Medicines Complete

AIT Library currently offer access via login to the databases; British National Formulary – (Guidance on the actions and uses of drugs prescribed in the UK.) ; Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference ( Information and background on conventional and complementary drugs and associated compounds, international proprietary names, and disease treatments); and Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy – (The definitive reference on all aspects of the science and practice of pharmacy) all though the  Medicines Complete database which is available on the library databases web page at

There is now a trial to additional titles by Medicines Complete including AHFS Drug Information, BNF for Children, Clarkes Analysis of Drugs and Poisons, Stockley's Drug Interactions & Stockley's Interaction Alerts. All these resources are now available on the trials database page at  or just click on the Medicines Complete link on the databases page.  Trial ends November 16th 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recent volcanic eruptions on the moon

The moon, thought to be cold and dead, is still alive and kicking—barely. Scientists have found evidence for dozens of burps of volcanic activity, all within the past 100 million years—a mere blip on the geologic timescale. And they think that future eruptions are likely—although probably not within a human lifetime.
For a world thought to have gone cold long ago, the discovery points to a place that still releases internal heat in fits and starts, says Mark Robinson, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University, Tempe, and a co-author on the new study. “The big story is that the moon is warmer than we thought,” he says
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ireland: Science Week Ireland: 9-16 November 2014

About Science Week Ireland: The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in our everyday lives and to demonstrate their importance to the future development of Irish society and to the economy. Science Week is coordinated by SFI Discoverthe education-outreach programme of Science Foundation Ireland

Rising sea levels of 1.8 meters in worst-case scenario, researchers calculate

The  climate is getting warmer, the ice sheets are melting and sea levels are rising -- but how much? The report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013 was based on the best available estimates of future sea levels, but the panel was not able to come up with an upper limit for sea level rise within this century. Now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute and their colleagues have calculated the risk for a worst-case scenario. The results indicate that at worst, the sea level would rise a maximum of 1.8 meters.
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A timeline of a baby’s first hour

Back when I worked in a lab, I spent countless hours diligently watching fruit flies mate. It was a strange job — both extremely scandalous and extremely boring. But lots of scientists are also voyeurs, I swear. And those tedious observations were a good way to learn about instinctual behaviors.
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Answers to questions posed by cosmology to philosophy

Not that long ago, most serious scientists considered cosmology a branch of philosophy. But in recent decades, observations by the Hubble Space Telescope and probes of the microwave radiation left over from the Big Bang have put cosmology on a sound observational footing. Still, many important issues about the origin and evolution of the universe remained unresolved. So now some serious cosmologists are suggesting that it might help to develop a philosophy of cosmology.
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To Matilda Knowles: a woman’s life in lichen honoured in death

Knowles died in 1933, but this Sunday her life and work will be honoured by a new plaque at the National Botanic Gardens. Better late than never.
She was an expert on lichens, those crusty growths you see on rocks, walls and trees. Significantly, she was the first person to recognise that, at the shore, lichens grow in distinct tidal bands or zones; she discovered this while studying lichens at Howth.

‘Animals feel pain’: why a farmer’s son turned vegan

At the age of nine Declan Bowens became vegetarian, and later vegan. ‘Just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should,’ he says of meat-eating – not a popular position in rural Ireland

Friday, October 10, 2014

Nasa invites public to sign up for free space ‘boarding pass’

People are being invited to sign up for a free “boarding pass” for trips into space. The plan is to start small with orbital flights but will later involve flights to Mars.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration is behind the scheme which is linked to its new Orion spacecraft. It is expected to bring humans back into space for travel to far-flung destinations including the Red Planet.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Satellites expose mysteries of the deep ocean

A new comprehensive map of Earth’s seafloor reveals never-before-seen features hidden deep below the waves, including thousands of uncharted underwater mountains. The map, presented in the Oct. 3 Science, is the most accurate global seafloor map ever made and could provide new clues to how Earth’s surface got its shape.
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Martin Perl, Nobelist and particle physics maverick, dies at 87

Martin Perl, a particle physicist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, who died 30 September, was something of a lone wolf when he set out to see if there was another particle akin to the electron and its heavier unstable cousin, the muon. Perl's hunch was right, and by 1977 he and his colleagues had discovered the particle, dubbed the tau lepton, in experiments using SLAC's famous linear accelerator.
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Mass walrus gathering on Alaskan shore

The walrus is a noble beast. Seeing one should easily serve as a life highlight for any human. So witnessing 35,000 of these majestic, bearded behemoths congregating along the shore of Alaska could qualify as a once-in-a-lifetime revelation—except the walruses probably aren’t very happy to be there. The 2000-kilogram marine mammals would much prefer to be living out their days on sea ice floating in shallow waters
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Record-smashing 'superflare' observed by satellite

It’s time to update the list of record-setting space phenomena. NASA’s Swift satellite has recorded a stellar flare from a nearby red dwarf that is at least 10,000 times bigger than the previous record. The “superflare” was also the longest lasting and hottest on record, reaching about 200 million degrees Celsius, making it 12 times hotter than the center of our sun, redOrbit reports. The flare originated from a binary star system a mere 60 light-years away called DG Canum Venaticorum, but it’s unclear which of the red dwarfs actually emitted the flare.

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