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    From the Announcement:

    MaterialsViews.com, the news service covering the latest developments in materials science, chemistry, and physics, has been updated with new features that help materials scientists keep up with the latest research.

    MaterialsViews.com’s professional scientific editors scan the materials science, chemistry, and physics literature, looking for the most interesting, exciting, and relevant breakthroughs in all of materials science as soon as they are published. They then distill the best papers into concise summaries that can be quickly scanned so busy scientists can identify the papers they want to spend more time reading.

    Finding articles is faster on the new MaterialsViews.com, with improved navigation and layout. New individual channels for hot subject areas–including nanotechnology, polymers, energy, electronics, photonics, surfaces, and more–let scientists focus on the stories most relevant to their research.


    It’s also easier to find upcoming events and conferences, and the new MaterialsViews.com jobs page can help locate the perfect career opportunity anywhere in the world.

    MaterialsViews.com is a free resource.

    Source: Wiley (via KnowledgeSpeak.com)

    ‘Colors of Chemistry’ calendar

    Some news for those interested in any/all aspects of colour:

    Each year in the Colors of Chemistry calendar, CAS attempts to answer intriguing scientific questions with information from the CAS databases. This year, we answered questions on topics ranging from environmentally friendly fireworks to glowing fuel rods in nuclear reactors; from promising anti-cancer agents in redwood trees to distinct forms of iron oxide on the surface of Mars.

    Reflecting our ongoing efforts to be more environmentally responsible, the 2010 Colors of Chemistry calendar is now available in new digital formats. Download the entire 2010 calendar as a high-resolution PDF or access the new interactive web calendar. Images from the 2010 Colors of Chemistry calendar are also available as wallpaper for your desktop and in a screen saver application.

    To learn more about all of the new digital formats and to register for access to the new web calendar, visit http://cascolors.compexinc.com/.

    Tony Machosky

    SciFinder® Solutions Web Page Updated

    SciFinder® Solutions Web Page Updated! Dear SciFinder Key Contact: SciFinder Solutions has been updated! The web page features an article about the newest podcasts in the SciFinder series: Nanotechnology―The Key to Solving the World’s Energy Question, Clues to Unraveling the Mysteries of DNA to RNA Transcription, and Diamond of the First Water. Visit http:www.cas.org/support/scifi/sfsolutions/index.html to read the latest news.


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    Spresi: http://cds.dl.ac.uk/cds/datasets/orgchem/spresi/spresi.html

    Please find below the following information about SPRESI, a chemical structures, reactions and properties database, which you can now access; this Organic Chemistry service is being run as a free-to-use service for all registered members of staff at UK academic institutions. This trial is set to run for 1 year:

    SPRESI is a database consisting of chemical structures and reaction information providing direct access to over 6.1 million structures and 3.85 million reactions. It also includes over 31.7 million pieces of additional information such as chemical and physical properties, reaction conditions and keywords abstracted from the primary literature. It can thus be compared to both the SciFinder and Beilstein/CrossFire and probably Index Chemicus, and I believe it provides addition and complementary material to all of them.

    The rights to the SPRESI are held by InfoChem GmbH and the Chemical Database Service (CDS) at Daresbury has made arrangements to make the SPRESIweb system available to its user community for a full evaluation trial. If this is successful we hope to be able to make the system available to the UK academic community on reasonable terms.

    The CDS provides a full range of databases free at the point of user access. It currently operates under a contract with the EPSRC. Any long term funding mechanisms for addition systems such as SPRESIweb are yet to be decided, but  feedback and advice from the community is most welcome at any time.

    Any member of the UK academic community can register to use the CDS (NB). As mentioned all components of the Service are available free of charge to eligible users. We have recently sent up an Express Registration procedure

    and you should expect to receive your username and password by email within 10 mins of submitting the online registration form. Further details of SPRESIweb are available via the link

    for general details of the Service go to the frontpage

    As ever, I would be interested in receiving any feedback you had about this for future reference.


    Jon Fletcher

    Database Trial: CAB Abstracts Archive 1910 – 2007

    We now have CAB Abstract Archives 1910 – 2007 on trial (we normally only have access back to 1972) If you would like to try out this database , please go to:


    … and log in with your Athens username and password. If you are not sure what your Athens username and password are, go here: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/LLR/electronic_resources/passwords/25993gp.html

    CAB Abstracts is a bibliographic database compiled by CAB International. It covers the significant research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aspects of human health, human nutrition, animal health and the management and conservation of natural resources.

    If you have any comments on the database, especially if you feel strongly that we should extend our coverage back to 1910, please let Heather or Ian know.