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Mixing, Coffee, and a Laptop

by Cathey Daniels on Wed, 5 Dec, 2007

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Yesterday my son had an emergency appendectomy - these days a pretty routine procedure. But far from routine was the array of drugs offered to get him through the long night ahead.

What were the side effects behind these strange-sounding names? How would they affect his recovery? Would all these drugs interact minus a negative outcome? And were they even necessary?

Happily, my job is community outreach for OSTI which hosts So, armed with a laptop in a corner coffee shop with wifi connectivity, I knew I could log onto for a quick and thorough search of government science information.

Why not Google or Yahoo? Well, certainly I could get science information from many of the popular science engines. In fact, I often use these sites in combination with for an extensive and comprehensive search. But I didn't want to spend a lot of time sorting through Internet noise on popular Web searches. (No drug ads, no hits on the drug habits of rock bands!) I simply wanted information that was directly related to the drugs my son might take that night. And I wanted the information quickly so I could get back to the hospital room and spend time with my son. So I chose

Of note: is a lot more than medical info. You can find winter weather safety tips, science internships, supernova Web sites ... all kinds of science information available for free.

Final word: Happy 5th Anniversary!

Cathey Daniels, OSTI Editor

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I didn't know that kind of information is available on! This would be really helpful for my Dad who is now in his 70s and is always prescribed different drugs for common aging ailments. Thanks, Cathey!

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Cathey Daniels
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