Two new organizations have been added to our IHS subscription!

The International Code Council (ICC) publishes building codes that promote safety and fire prevention. These codes are used throughout the U.S. to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) publishes standards for the lighting industry. These standards are used by lighting designers, architects, interior designers, government & utility personnel, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, distributors, researchers and educators around the world.

For more information on Finding Engineering Standards and Specification check out our web page at

Google Patents now searches European Patents.

“At Google, we’re constantly trying to make important collections of information more useful to the world. Since 2006, we’ve let people discover, search, and read United States patents online. Starting this week, you can do the same for the millions of ideas that have been submitted to the European Patent Office, such as this one.

Typically, patents are granted only if an invention is new and not obvious. To explain why an invention is new, inventors will usually cite prior art such as earlier patent applications or journal articles. Determining the novelty of a patent can be difficult, requiring a laborious search through many sources, and so we’ve built a Prior Art Finder to make this process easier. With a single click, it searches multiple sources for related content that existed at the time the patent was filed. ”

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Service Alert: The McKinney Engineering Library will reopen in ECJ 1.300 on the first day of class.

UPDATE: 8/28/2012

Service Alert: The McKinney Engineering Library will reopen in ECJ 1.300 and provide limited service for the first few weeks of the fall academic semester.

The library will open on Wednesday, August 29, and will be open for the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Friday, August 31 and Tuesday September 4 – Friday September 7.

The library will be closed from Saturday, September 1 – Monday, September 3 for Labor Day.

The Engineering library will resume regular hours on Monday, September 10:

  • Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m
  • Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m
  • Saturday, closed
  • Sunday, 2pm – 10pm

In anticipation of a potential move due to construction considerations for the Engineering Education and Research Center, some materials from the McKinney Engineering Library have been moved to alternate locations. Any books no longer available locally at the library can be requested through the Library Catalog.

Please contact the Engineering Library with any questions:

UT researchers demonstrate vulnerability of civilian drones to hacking

The Austin (TX) American Statesman (7/5, Haurwitz) reported, “The technique, known as spoofing, created false Global Positioning System signals that tricked the drone’s GPS receiver into steering a new course. The Global Positioning System, which uses satellites and radio signals, is not encrypted for civilian uses, and that raises concern about the federal government’s plan to permit thousands of drones in US air space for commercial, law enforcement and university purposes,” Humphreys said.

Tips on Returning Library Materials

This week is a busy time for UT libraries, as students, faculty, staff, and courtesy borrowers start returning huge piles of checked-out materials. If you have a stack of books to bring back, here are a few useful points to keep in mind.

Don’t forget about the outside book drops! There are four book drops on campus, so take advantage of them if you need to drop off books after hours or if you’re in a rush.

BUTand this is very important—do not return reserves items (anything that can be checked out for a few hours or overnight, e.g., textbooks, calculators) in the outside book drops. These book drops are not always checked every day, so you might accrue late fines. Also important: do not return DVDs or CDs in the outside book drops. If they get damaged, you could be on the hook for replacement costs.

Your best bet is to return reserves items to the library they came from and to drop off DVDs or CDs at any library’s circulation desk. The Engineering Library also has an inside after-hours book drop by the library entrance (ECJ 1.300) that is checked every morning that the library is open.

If your book won’t fit into the outside book drops because it’s too big or the bin is too full, please don’t try to force it in. Try a different book drop or run inside and drop it off at the circulation desk.

One more tip: if you have any books or other materials checked out from the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Reading Room or the Law Library, you must return those items at those locations—we cannot check them in here.

If you have any questions about returning library materials, see the Returning Library Materials page or ask an Engineering librarian.

Most-Buzzed About Universities—How Does UT Rank?

Mashable reports today that MIT tops a Global Language Monitor ranking list of the Internet’s most-buzzed about universities. What does that mean? The list shows which universities people are talking about in social media, the blogosphere, and more than 175,000 print and electronic media outlets. UT makes the buzz list at number 10, which suggests that the Internet is interested in us and what we do. Spring graduates: use this popularity and strong reputation to your advantage!

Is it a coincidence that 15 of the top 25 schools also appear in the list of top 25 undergraduate engineering programs? Maybe, but it’s kind of a cool parallel anyway.

The Mashable post also includes a slideshow of the top 10 most social media-savvy universities, with UT rounding the list out at number 10. Successful social media is all about interaction, so thanks for supporting the libraries’ social media efforts.

[Read more at Mashable]

Keep Up-to-Date with Recent Arrivals

Just a quick tip for you this Friday afternoon: have you ever browsed the Recent Arrivals page of the library’s website? The page lists materials that have been added to the library’s collection in the past 30 days. It’s a great way to get in early on the most popular items.

You can filter by a specific library or narrow down by media type. For example, take a look at what we’ve added to the Engineering Library or check out the new DVDs at the Fine Arts Library. You can see right away if the item is available—head over to the branch listed to pick it up or click through to place a hold on a checked-out item.

Have a good weekend!

Turning on a 100-Year-Old Light Bulb

This morning, BoingBoing posted a video of General Electric researchers turning on a 100-year-old light bulb (click through to watch the video). The bulb was found in a time capsule on the grounds of Nela Park, GE’s headquarters and research laboratory in Ohio. This tungsten-filament bulb is not one of the earliest models of lightbulb, but it’s amazing that it’s still functional after being buried for a century.

[Read more at BoingBoing]

[Original post at GE Reports]

Programmer Creates Algorithm to Find Waldo

From Geekosystem:

“Because people with phenomenal computer skills get bored of simply being geniuses and need to exercise their genius every now and then, we, the human race, have found a way to make computers find Waldo. Over on collaborative programming site Stack Overflow, the question of how to easily make a computer find Waldo using computational software program Mathematica was posed, so the programmers collaborated and user Heike’s solution seems to have done the job, garnering the most upvotes by a wide margin.”

[Read more at Geekosystem]