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Posted March 21, 2013

 

  • Trailblazer on the Path to Photosynthesis



    Melvin Calvin

    March 2013 is the 65th anniversary of the first in a series of over 20 publications that reflect the exploration of the path of carbon in photosynthesis, the process by which plants capture energy from the sun. Spanning decades, this exploration eventually led to Department of Energy (DOE) research into solar energy. The trailblazer who led this exploration was Melvin Calvin, a chemist at the University of California Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (read more at the DOE R&D Accomplishments Blog).

     

 

  • Sample the "smart grid" search at new SciTech Connect



    SciTech Connect

    For a sample of what you can find in SciTech Connect, try these smart grid results. Then test drive the SciTech Connect search on your other science terms of interest. A basic search is available which includes a semantic search; an advanced search will help you limit your search to a particular field. In SciTech Connect, there are over 2.5 million citations, including citations to 1.4 million journal articles, 364,000 of which have digital object identifiers (DOIs) linking to full-text articles on publishers' websites. SciTech Connect also has over 313,000 full-text DOE sponsored STI reports; most of these are post-1991, but close to 85,000 of the reports were published prior to 1990. SciTech Connect is a consolidation of Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database, incorporating all the R&D info from these two products into one search interface.

 

Posted March 6, 2013

 

  • In Memoriam: Berkeley Lab Nobelist Donald Glaser


    OSTI honors Nobel Laureate, Donald Glaser, who "died in his sleep Thursday morning, Feb. 28, at his home in Berkeley. Glaser, a professor emeritus of physics and of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the bubble chamber, a device that allowed scientists to track the paths of electrons, protons and other elementary particles after collisions, which led the discovery of whole families of new particles." http://t.osti.gov/iKV

 

Posted March 5, 2013

 

  • Confirmation of Big Bang Theory Netted 2006 Nobel Prize



    John C. Mather

    Imagine observing the universe in its early stages, about 380,000 years after birth. Using NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, launched in 1989, John C. Mather and George F. Smoot did just that, and eventually helped cement the Big Bang theory of the universe and launched a broader understanding of the origin of giant clusters of galaxies. For their work they shared the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics. Find related documents and resources with additional information on both Mather and Smooth at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

Posted March 4, 2013

 

  • SciTech Connect Launched, Consolidating Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database

     

    OSTI recently launched SciTech Connect, a new portal to free, publicly available DOE research and development (R&D) results. SciTech Connect incorporates the contents of two of the most popular core DOE collections and employs an innovative semantic search tool enabling scientists, researchers and the scientifically attentive public to retrieve more relevant information.  OSTI will gradually phase out its current DOE Information Bridge and Energy Citations products and replace them with the improved search interface of SciTech Connect. Consolidated in SciTech Connect, DOE Information Bridge and Energy Citations accounted for approximately half of the 298 million transactions OSTI handled in 2012. OSTI will work to ensure a smooth transition for patrons as it consolidates these two web-based services into SciTech Connect (read more about the transition details and scope of the new product).

 

Posted February 27, 2013


  • Science Accelerator Undergoes an Upgrade!

     

    Science Accelerator, the online gateway to sources of research and development provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, is sporting new navigation tools along with a new skin. Now at Science Accelerator, you can tab for text, multimedia, and data to easily access the information you are seeking according to format. Author clusters are now available, in addition to the Topic and Date clusters. Try out the new topic visualization tool to visually scan and access R&D results. And enjoy the new slide show of our DOE databases.

     

Posted February 22, 2013


 

Posted February 15, 2013


  • Introducing The National Library of EnergyBeta, New Search Engine Facilitating Access to Department of Energy Information



    National Library of Energy BETA

    The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched the National Library of EnergyBeta (NLEBeta), a virtual library and open government resource to advance energy literacy, innovation and security (read more).

     

  • Disproving Physics Theory Bags 1957 Nobel Prize

     

    T.D. Lee

    Tsung-Dao Lee and his colleague Chen Ning Yang, who had worked at the Department of Energy Brookhaven National Lab’s Cosmotron, disproved a tenet of physics known as the conservation of parity and subsequently won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics. Read their technical reports from that era and find resources with additional information at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

     

Posted December 05, 2012


  • Ten years ago this month Science.gov was launched!



    Science.gov 10th Anniversary

    Ten years ago this month Science.gov was launched! Today, Science.gov searches over 55 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information (read more).

 

Posted December 04, 2012


  • New Tool for Searching DOE Tech Transfer Info



    Tech Transfer Information

    The Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Transfer website has a new search feature that for the first time allows searching of technology transfer information across the DOE national laboratories.


    The new tool enables users to search all of DOE's technology transfer information, including inventions, patents and other applied research, available from DOE's national laboratories in real time. Using web-crawling technology, the search capability allows users to enter a single query for a technology transfer term; the search feature returns a consolidated, relevance-ranked list of information from across the DOE complex. Users do not need to know the national laboratory or researcher associated with a search term to find the information they need (read more).

 

Posted October 26, 2012


  • DOE-supported researcher takes 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry



    Brian Kobilka

    Research performed at Argonne National Laboratory supported the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Brian K. Kobilka. Intense X-rays produced by Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source helped enable the first discovery of an important class of chemical receptors that allow cells to receive signals from their environment (see Office of Science feature.) Research at Department of Energy Laboratories has been recognized with 4 Chemistry and 3 Physics Nobel Prizes in the past decade (see DOE news release). Kobilka, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, shared the prize with Robert J. Lefkowitz, Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University Medical Center. Read more about Kobilka at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website and find a roster of Nobel Laureates associated with DOE. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science. in science.

 

Posted October 9, 2012


  • Science.gov, Now with Multimedia, New Search Features
    Spanish Version Debuted


    Science.gov Your Gateway to U.S. Federal ScienceScience.gov now includes multimedia content, an updated interface with enhanced navigation, and a Spanish version of the site, Ciencia.Science.gov.

     

    For the first time, R&D video from the DOE ScienceCinema is available as well as from MedlinePLUS, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search which is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format (for more information, see the OSTI Announcement).

     

     “Since we first launched Science.gov in 2002, we have continually improved it to make it even more useful to citizens interested in finding research and development results from across the U.S. government,” said OSTI Director Walter Warnick. “Now Science.gov contains multimedia content and is accessible to the Spanish-speaking public. We are pleased with these developments and we fully intend to continue enhancing the value and utility of Science.gov.” OSTI, within the DOE Office of Science, was instrumental in developing Science.gov and hosts the web portal.

     

    The Science.gov Alliance will highlight these and other achievements in its 10th Anniversary celebration in December (more information).

 

Posted August 29, 2012


  • Blog advises: Stop traipsing the World Wide Web, start searching WorldWideScience



    WorldWideScience.org

    A blog from the American Printing House for the Blind gives an assessment of WorldWideScience.org: “In terms that the rest of us can understand, this website is a way for researchers, scientists, students, and science enthusiasts to search worldwide science databases all at once. Instead of traipsing the World Wide Web, going through multiple search engines, and spending way too much time looking for one thing, this website allows you to search only once to find what you are looking for. Instead of getting a search result for what John Doe thinks of astronomy, this website will only give you the most accurate, legitimate results. In addition, a traditional search engine could not find many of these results.” Read more at the
    Fred’s Head blog.

 

Posted August 24, 2012


  • Interview with Dr. William F. Brinkman offers insights on Energy Department directions, R&D



    Dr. William brinkman

    In its "Trailblazers of North American Research" edition, International Innovation explores a spectrum of groundbreaking research and development activities, including those at the nation's largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences – the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. In an exclusive interview, Office of Science Director William F. Brinkman offers insights on achieving greater energy security, maintaining the balance between applied and discovery-based research, and the importance of communication among scientific communities. Dr. Brinkman provides a glimpse into the Department's initiatives in particle physics, bioenergy, and more. When asked about the "societal benefits" of the Office of Science work, he quotes Vannevar Bush, in effect the nation's first science advisor, on the importance of science to U.S. prosperity, and states, "As a mainstay of federal science funding, we have been a major contributor to underwriting the prosperity and security of the nation over the past 60 years. Examples include superconducting magnet technology, radioisotopes, battery materials, semiconductor processing, and many others."

Posted August 9, 2012


  • OSTI partnerships make DOE R&D results more accessible



    brian hitson

    Whether by finding ways to ensure research data are readily accessible online or by partnering with companies such as Microsoft to audio index scientific videos, OSTI's Brian Hitson is keen for his organization to collaborate on innovations across the international science information arena. Hitson, OSTI Associate Director and Chair of the International Council on Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) Technical Activities Coordinating Committee (TACC), was recently interviewed for International Innovation: North America, June 2012 (Research Media, UK, pp106-107). Hitson noted in the interview that public-private and multilateral collaborations allow entities such as OSTI to realize "very tangible outcomes that would either not have been feasible, or would have been much more expensive for individual members to pursue independently." The TACC is currently exploring projects in information trust and authority, data equivalence, and alternatives to traditional usage and value metrics, all of which provide benefit to individual members such as OSTI. OSTI is charged with providing broad access to the research and development activities of the U.S. Department of Energy and its Office of Science, the largest funder of research in the physical sciences in the U.S. Government. Through partnerships facilitated by the ICSTI network, OSTI brings the world's R&D to DOE researchers and makes sure DOE R&D results are shared globally.  ICSTI is the platform under which WorldWideScience.org - the global science search engine - was developed.  OSTI is the operating agent for WorldWideScience.org.

     

  • Light received an expanded definition, Compton received a Nobel Prize



    compton

    Arthur H. Compton discovered that light cannot be explained simply as a wave phenomenon, but also must be considered as a stream of particles.  His confirmation of the dual nature of electromagnetic radiation earned Compton a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927. Read more about Compton and get resources with additional information at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website.DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

     






Posted August 6, 2012


  • Curiosity lands, powered by DOE RTG



    DOE's RTG

    DOE's RTG is doing it again. The Department's Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) is providing continuous power to the Mars rover Curiosity. The Multi-Mission RTG was constructed, assembled and tested by the Department and the Idaho, Oak Ridge, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. The RTG has supported many space missions, including the Apollo missions to the Moon, the Viking missions to Mars, and the Pioneer, Voyager, Ulysses, Galileo and Cassini missions to the outer solar system. For more information, see OSTI’s DOE R&D Accomplishments website, central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

     

Posted July 27, 2012


  • Stay up-to-date on OSTI news and views, get the OSTI.gov Newsletter



    OSTI.gov Newsletter

    Subscribe to the OSTI.gov Newsletter and stay-up-to-date on the latest in OSTI news. Learn about the role that scientific and technical information plays in the DOE scientific integrity arena, find a great mobile science information app, discover the latest nanotechnology research in the DOE collections, and more. Comments and Questions are welcome.

 

Posted July 2, 2012


  • Sixty-Five Years of Listening, Learning and Strengthening: OSTI brings DOE research to the world



    The Office of Scientific and Technical Information brings DOE research to the world.

    OSTI is currently a highlight at the Office of Science website. Here’s a blurb: “You're going to learn a few things if you sit down and listen to scientists. That's especially true if you listen to them for sixty-five years! In a real sense, that's what OSTI … has been doing for the past six-and-a-half decades.”  Read more.

 

  • Clemson in the Spotlight at .EDUconnections



    EDUconnections

    Clemson University is addressing the challenges in advanced vehicle design and development, including life cycle impact of vehicles, energy use and emissions, reliability, manufacturing, cost of ownership, customer preference and public policy.  Read about the CU-International Center for Automotive Research Gate Center of Excellence in Sustainable Vehicle Systems, funded by a DOE grant at the OSTI .EDUconnections website. .EDUconnections features U.S. community colleges and universities committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. For more institutions in the .EDUconnections spotlight, visit the archive page.

     

  • Science.gov Mobile makes a second Top Ten list



    science.gov

    The Science.gov Mobile application has made another Top Ten list. In mid-June the application was named to InformationWeek's Ten Handy Mobile Apps From Uncle Sam and then one week later to the Top Ten in Best Federal Apps by Government Computer News (GCN). The Science.gov Mobile application is the only interagency app to make both lists. The Administration recently issued Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People, the strategy which calls on all federal agencies to begin making mobile applications to better serve the American public. The Science.gov mobile application was developed by and is hosted at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) on behalf of the multi-agency Science.gov Alliance.

 

Posted June 29, 2012


  • From accident to lab to Nobel Prize: Read about Alan MacDiarmid and plastic batteries



    Alan MacDiarmid

    An inadvertent addition of more than the recommended catalyst during an experiment in Japan led a U.S. researcher to the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. At the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website you can find out how Alan MacDiarmid made this happen, and you can get resources with additional information and related patents. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.








Posted June 27, 2012


  • Cool? You Bet. Science.gov Mobile Named to Top Ten in Best Federal Apps



    science.gov

    Coolness? Check. Usefulness? Check. Ease of Use? Check. The Science.gov Mobile application has been named among the Top Ten in Best Federal Apps by Government Computer News (GCN). The recognition is timely, too.  The Administration recently issued  Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People, the strategy which calls on all federal agencies to begin making mobile applications to better serve the American public.  GCN called its Top Ten “ahead of the curve” with apps already in place. The Science.gov mobile application was developed by and is hosted at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) on behalf of the multi-agency Science.gov Alliance.  Now anywhere, anytime, you can go to m.science.gov to get science information quickly.  Read more about Science.gov, the online gateway to over 50 databases and more than 2100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies.  In 2009, the Science.gov portal was named among 10 government websites already “meeting and exceeding” the Obama Administration’s transparency goals in a special GCN report, Great dot-Gov Web Sites.

 

Posted June 26, 2012


  • Creation of synthetic host molecules led to 1987 Nobel Prize for Cram



    Donald Cram

    Twenty years after creating synthetic host molecules that mimic some of the actions that enzymes perform in cells, Donald Cram was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In his host-guest research, Cram and his colleagues designed and prepared more than 1,000 hosts – each with unique chemical and physical properties – designed to attract and bind (to serve as hosts) to specific guest molecules, which can be either organic molecules or inorganic ions. Get resources with additional information including full-text documents, and see the research highlights at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.




Posted June 21, 2012


  • From Snowflake Science to the NanoSHIELD, DOE looking good in coveted R&D 100 Awards



    A remarkably small microwave antenna is among ORNL's nine R&D 100 award-winning technologies.

    From Snowflake Science to the NanoSHIELD, DOE researchers have won 36 of the highly coveted 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine. The awards are given annually for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. “Congratulations to this year's R&D 100 award winners,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu (see press release). “The research and development at the Department of Energy’s laboratories continue to help the nation meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and improve our economic competitiveness.” You can find more about the research behind the awards via Science Accelerator, a gateway to science information including full-text R&D results, accomplishments, and more.

 

Posted June 6, 2012


  • Great science information is just a tweet away



    Twitter

    Keep up with DOE, U.S. and worldwide government science information by following @ostigov exit federal site, @sciencegov exit federal site, and @worldwidescienc exit federal site on Twitter.  Get the latest research and development info in a wide range of scientific disciplines from authoritative national and international databases. Great science info is just a tweet away.

 

 

 

 

  • Invisible science, cadaver dogs, brain imaging, quiet lasers, entrepreneurship: see the patents at DOepatent news



    DOepatents

    In 2011, over 800 patents were issued as a result of research funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). That’s an average of 2 or 3 patents a day for 2011, an impressive total for the year. Read about a variety of patents through the DOepatents news. DOE patent activity demonstrates a considerable contribution to scientific progress in the physical sciences and other disciplines.

  • Refreshed design complements ongoing refreshed content at Science Accelerator



    Science Accelerator

    You can now refresh your science discovery experience at Science Accelerator through its new design and the regular updates to its resources. See the new look and explore the new content by using search terms in your topic of interest. You can limit your results to the most recent by using the Advanced Search and entering a date range of your choice. For instance, searching on the Full Record for the term 'nanotubes' with date range of 2011 through 2012 will return over 500 results.

 

Posted June 5, 2012

 

  • Hair spray, aerosol deodorants & kitchen refrigerators part of Rowland's 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry



    F. Sherwood Rowland

    F. Sherwood Rowland earned a share in the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry exit federal site for his work leading to the discovery that a chemical used in aerosols was slowly destroying Earth's ozone layer. Get resources with additional information and enjoy the Rowland videos at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.


  • Visit the updated OSTI Facebook page



    Milestones on facebook

    The OSTI Facebook page exit federal site has converted to the new page format and has added an extensive timeline with milestones from OSTI’s history dating from 1946.  Check out the historical photos and check back often to find out which OSTI products best meet your science information needs.

 

 

 

 

Posted May 23, 2012


  • Department of Homeland Security joins Science.gov Alliance



    EDUconnections

    The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, has joined the Science.gov Alliance. This brings the voluntary, interagency Alliance membership to 17 organizations from 13 federal agencies. The Alliance is responsible for creating Science.gov a decade ago, and continues to govern the free gateway that searches over 50 scientific databases, 200 million pages of science information, and more than 2100 scientific websites. Follow Science.gov agency news at the website or on Twitter @Sciencegov, and take it with you on mobile http://m.science.gov.

 

Posted May 16, 2012


  • Penn State



    EDUconnections

    Penn State has many DOE connections: three Penn State-led projects have received more than $1.6 million in combined research and development grants from the DOE Nuclear Energy University Programs; Penn State was recently awarded $1.2 million by DOE for a project on offshore wind power; a Penn State research team will lead a lithium-sulfur cell technology project funded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Energy Secretary Steven Chu was the commencement speaker at Penn State's Eberly College of Science 2012 spring graduation ceremony. Read about these and more research opportunities at Penn State and find more colleges and universities highlighted at the OSTI .EDUconnections website, which spotlights educational institutions with connections to DOE scientific research programs.

Posted May 15, 2012


  • Secretary Chu issues policy statement on scientific integrity and the importance of transparent access to scientific information


    In response to the White House memorandum asking all federal agencies to establish a scientific integrity policy, Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently issued the Secretarial Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity.  In it, Secretary Chu emphasizes the importance of the “free flow of scientific and technical information, consistent with standards for treatment of classified, sensitive, private, and proprietary information.”  The policy statement says, “Transparency and accessibility of scientific and technical information support the continued advancement of a sound science and technology base to help guide and inform the nation’s critical public policy decisions; advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S.; facilitate the accomplishment of mission objectives; and maximize the public value of such efforts. To foster access, the Secretary’s statement notes that “consistent with the Administration’s Open Government Initiative, the Department will use its website and the resources of its Office of Scientific and Technical Information to help make research findings more widely available to the public.”

  • Owen Chamberlain, the Antiproton, and Polarized Targets



    Owen Chamberlain

    Owen Chamberlain, winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize in physics, shared in the discovery of the antiproton in 1955. But his scientific interests were broad, and by 1960, he had embarked on developing polarized proton targets for use in high-energy physics scattering experiments; and in the 1970s he turned to the emerging subject of high-energy heavy-ion collisions. Get resources with additional information, view the patents and find out more about Chamberlain at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website.DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

 

 

 

Posted April 12, 2012


  • OSTI's ScienceCinema one of six new initiatives in DOE Open Government Plan 2.0


    The U.S. Department of Energy Open Government Plan 2.0, released April 9, features OSTI’s ScienceCinema as one of six new DOE initiatives for making the federal government more transparent, participatory and collaborative. ScienceCinema allows users to quickly find videos produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities, as well as CERN. In addition to highlighting the ScienceCinema initiative, the OpenGov Plan provides a progress report which covers OSTI products and services including Green Energy Portal, ScienceEducation.gov, Science Accelerator, the OSTI data sets initiatives, the National Library of Energy, Multilingual WorldwideScience.org, and Science.gov.

 

Posted April 11, 2012


  • What's playing now at ScienceCinema? See the latest feature.



    US ITER Moving Forward

    Currently playing at ScienceCinema: the U.S. ITER Project Moving Forward. See the latest featured video, rotated every few weeks, viewed directly from the ScienceCinema homepage. Then search the database for related videos. ScienceCinema was developed by OSTI and provides precise and time-saving search of the spoken words of video recordings from DOE and CERN. It uses the Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (MAVIS), a speech recognition technology developed by partner Microsoft Research. And it makes some of the DOE's - and now CERN's - most exciting research more visible to researchers and the public.

  • OSTI Salutes Librarians (including its own!), National Librarian Week (April 8-14)


    Thanks to librarians across the nation for their commitment to ensuring access to information.  OSTI, with its own cadre of Masters-level librarians, connects with university research departments and libraries to increase awareness of the U.S. Department of Energy’s valuable scientific and technical information (see the OSTIblog).

    OSTI has a number of Library Tools that are provided as a free service to librarians and the library community to expand access to and use of DOE scientific research results:

 

Posted April 2, 2012


  • OSTI contribution to President's "Big Data Research and Development Initiative"


    In the age of Big Data, OSTI is playing a key role to ensure the impact of DOE research is tracked and that a scholarly structure is in place to reward data producers. On Thursday, the White House released its Big Data Research and Development Initiative, and OSTI, the U.S. federal agency member of DataCite (a global consortium of leading scientific and technical information organizations), was recognized as playing a "key role" in shaping the policies and technical implementation of the practice of data citation. Data citation enables efficient reuse and verification of data, and OSTI recently implemented its Data Identification Service across the DOE complex. Through the OSTI Data ID Service, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are assigned to research datasets, and then registered with DataCite to establish persistence. This initiative makes DOE datasets findable in commercial search engines (e.g. Google) and through federated search portals for science such as the DOE portal ScienceAccelerator.gov, the U.S. gateway Science.gov and the global search engine WorldWideScience.org. The importance of this undertaking is conveyed in the Administration's initiative, which states "By improving our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some the Nation's most pressing challenges."

     


    Citations to DOE datasets will be indexed by commercial search engines
    (e.g., Google) AND will appear in federated search portals
    that include OSTI databases.




Posted March 21, 2012


  • Jordan Receives CENDI Award for Service



    Sharon Jordan (center), recipient of the 2011 CENDI Meritorious Service Award, with Dr. Walter Warnick (left), Director of the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information and Eleanor Frierson, Chair of the 2011 CENDI Meritorious Service Award Committee and Science.gov Alliance Chair.

    Sharon Jordan, former Assistant Director for Program Integration at the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), recently received the 2011 CENDI Meritorious Service Award. Jordan was recognized for her long-standing history of service and support of CENDI and, in particular, for her leadership in supporting the development of and promoting CENDI's premier flagship project, Science.gov. CENDI is an interagency consortium of senior scientific and technical information (STI) managers from 12 U.S. federal agencies which represents over 97% of the federal research and development budget. Science.gov is a search engine for science, covering over 50 databases and more than 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. The CENDI Meritorious Service Award recognizes an individual or team for making "a noteworthy contribution to CENDI and to federal interagency cooperation through its events, publications, administration, or outreach." Until her retirement in December 2011, Jordan had served for 18 months as the Deputy Chair of CENDI, providing a depth of knowledge of CENDI and STI (scientific and technical information) operations as well as her expertise in information policy. The Committee unanimously decided that Sharon's tireless and exemplary support of CENDI and Science.gov interests met the spirit of the award and chose her as the nominee most deserving of this special recognition of her peers.

 

Posted March 15, 2012


  • Charles Townes?the Maser and the Laser



    Charles Townes

    Charles Townes foresaw the microwave spectroscope as a power tool for studying the structure of atoms and molecules and for the control of electromagnetic waves. His insights let to the Nobel Prize in 1964 “for fundamental work in quantum electronics which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle.”  Find resources with additional information including many of his awards and honors at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

 

  • OSTI Kicks Off 70th Anniversary Year for Manhattan Project



    President Roosevelt establishes the Manhattan Project

    Why did they call it the Manhattan Project? Find out about this pivotal time in our nation’s history when the U.S. government conducted a secret and massive nationwide enterprise that took science from the laboratory into combat with a new, world-changing weapon. Read about the establishment of the Manhattan Project, 1942, at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Get information on the early Manhattan Project days, including a map of project sites, key events, renowned scientists of the day and the many contributions from various sites around the country as the nation moved toward peaceful uses of atomic energy.

 

 

 

 

Posted March 2, 2012


  • DOE, University of Florida, building energy efficient homes for America



    EDUconnections

    The University of Florida is a key player in the DOE Building America program. This multi-disciplinary research focuses on systems-engineered solutions for new and existing home energy savings and is funded by DOE. Read more at .EDUconnections, the website that spotlights educational institutions with connections to DOE scientific research programs.

 

  • Howard University and OSTI's .EDUconnections on the Energy Blog



    EDUconnections

    Students at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University are helping to solve one of the biggest challenges facing renewable energy: how to introduce renewable resource-integrated networks to the nation’s electricity grid. Read more about the .EDUconnections to Howard University at the Energy Blog.

 

Posted March 1, 2012


  • DOE Data Explorer now searches individual datasets



    DOE Data Explorer

    Now you can find individual datasets via the DOE Data Explorer. When you first enter your search term, the DOE Data Explorer retrieves collection records from the database. Then, from your results page, you can choose to have all the related individual dataset records that have been submitted to OSTI’s Energy Citations Database displayed. You can toggle back and forth between the two sets of search results, looking at the bibliographic information or linking out to the non-text collection or to the individual datasets.

 

  • Students get search access, more interaction at new version of ScienceLab



    ScienceLab

    ScienceLab is still the “go-to” source for homework help, project ideas, competitions, internships, activities, and more. But now students can also search and get access to the rich science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education resources from DOE programs and national laboratories. The site provides an interactive platform, allowing students to comment and rate resources and share their views and opinions with their peers. Students can Ask a Scientist, find out how to visit a DOE lab, get answers to real-life science questions, and explore science topics by grade level and resource type.

  • Improved remote access to Science Accelerator



    Science Accelerator QR code

    Use the Science Accelerator QR Code to access web collections made available by the U.S. Department of Energy. Collections include research reports, accomplishments, patents, project summaries, software, videos and much more. You can capture the QR Code by using designated barcode readers and/or camera phones to remotely access Science Accelerator to search for items in the collections.

  • Startup Stars highlighted at OSTI's Science Showcase



    The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge makes inventions and technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex available to innovative startups. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
    Credit: Lawrence
    Berkely National
    Laboratory

    The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, a part of the President’s Startup America initiative, made it easier for start-ups to use inventions and technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex.  Read about all 14 companies that entered the challenge and the winners.

  • Forging the way with vision and foresight


    OSTI launched the Information Bridge in 1998 as a free public access database containing full-text DOE research reports. OSTI envisioned there would be a dramatic increase in access to DOE research reports in the coming years. Sure enough …(read more).

 

Posted February 16, 2012


  • OSTI partnering in SciData initiative at the University of Tennessee



    OSTI.gov

    As scientific data grows in scale across all scientific disciplines, the need for professionals trained in the management and curation of scientific data is also growing. To meet this need, the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences has developed SciData, a new master's initiative focusing on science data management. Partners include the Institute of Museum and Library Services along with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Information International Associates (IIa), the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, and the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). For more information, see the press release.

 

Posted February 1, 2012


  • A new way to see inside the body offers deeper understanding of the brain


    DOepatentsA portable brain-imaging device invented by scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a Department of Energy laboratory, is moving closer to commercial market. This new way to "see" inside the body offers promise of a deeper understanding of the brain and the diseases that affect it. The miniaturization of a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner allows for a dynamic range of new applications, including integration with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and compact scanners that can be "worn" by fully conscious, active rats (see Press Release). Read more at the DOepatents database, and view related patents to this invention. DOepatents is the central collection of DOE patent information, where research and development intersect with innovation and invention. This collection demonstrates the Department's considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to today.

 

Posted January 20, 2012


  • Fermi Award winners featured at OSTI


    R&D AccomplishmentsMildred Dresselhaus and Burton Richter are 2012 recipients of the Enrico Fermi Award, a Presidential award that is one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology honors bestowed by the U.S. Government. Dresselhaus was honored "for her scientific leadership, her major contributions to science and energy policy, her selfless work in science education and the advancement of diversity in the scientific workplace, and her highly original and impactful research." Richter was honored "for the breadth of his influence in the multiple disciplines of accelerator physics and particle physics, his profound scientific discoveries, his visionary leadership as SLAC Director, his leadership of science, and his notable contributions in energy and public policy." Read more about these and other DOE scientific achievements at the DOE R&D Accomplishment website.

 

Posted January 19, 2012


  • Now access WorldWideScience.org resources via SciVerse


    Science.govThe wealth of current and timely scientific and technical information from countries around the world found at WorldWideScience.org is now available as a SciVerse Hub exit federal site application. By entering search terms in the free WWS application query box, users can search WWS in parallel with Elsevier’s SciVerse Hub content, thereby exposing researchers to high-value content from around the world that they might not otherwise discover (see Deep Web Technologies’ press release exit federal site).


    “WorldWideScience.org is very excited to be part of Elsevier’s Applications & Developer Network,” said Lorrie Apple Johnson, Operating Agent representative for the WorldWideScience Alliance and Product Manager for WWS.org.  “SciVerse users will benefit from having access to this type of information.”

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Posted January 18, 2012


  • Invasive species info now available via Science.gov deep web search


    Science.govThe National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) has been added to the deep web search on Science.gov to provide a wealth of information on aquatic species, plants, animals, and microbes. This reference gateway to invasive species information, organizations, and services from the National Agricultural Library is automatically searched on the Science.gov basic search. NISIC may also be searched individually or in conjunction with other select databases on the advanced search.

 

Posted January 17, 2012


  • Find Perlmutter live stream now in OSTI Energy Citations Database


    Saul Perlmutter's live stream “Supernovae, Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe: How the Energy Department Helped to Win (yet another) Nobel Prize,” available now at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Perlmutter was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his breakthrough research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read more about Saul Perlmutter.

 

Posted January 10, 2012


  • Over 100 medical journals and more added to 1-stop science search, WorldWideScience.org


    WorldWideScience.orgAdded recently to WorldWideScience.org: the Synapse database, provided by the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE), including information from over 100 medical journals; PLEIADI, the open access platform for scientific literature in Italy, sponsored by inter-university consortia CASPUR and CILEA; AGRIS, the international information system for the agricultural sciences and technology – an initiative run by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Get scientific and technical information from over 70 countries at WorldWideScience.org.

     

  • Emilio Segrè, the Antiproton, Technetium, and Astatine

    Emilio Segrè

    Emilio Segrè won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1959 exit federal site for the discovery of the antiproton, an antiparticle having the same mass as a proton but opposite in electrical charge. Read about this researcher at DOE R&D Accomplishments, a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

 

 

Posted January 4, 2012


  • Pilot website launched to highlight federal careers



    INSPIRE ST careers.science.gov

    Six agencies, in collaboration with the Partnership for Public Service, have launched a pilot website to promote Science & Technology careers in the federal government.

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Posted January 3, 2012


  • Howard University in the Spotlight at .EDUconnections


    EDUconnectionsSee the EDUconnections website and read about Howard University’s role in the DOE-funded Historically Black College and University/Minority Institution Environmental Technology Consortium consisting of 17 universities throughout the nation. Find Howard University’s research documents in the DOE OSTI databases:

    EDUconnections features U.S. community colleges and universities committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. For more institutions in the EDUconnections spotlight, visit the archive page.

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  • OSTI and Norwood Elementary, holiday buddies for many years



    OSTI.gov

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) brightens the holidays for a number of area school children. Since the early 1990s, staff at OSTI have sponsored an Angel Tree Program for students from Norwood Elementary School. This year, each child in the program had three Angels on the OSTI tree. The wrapped gifts were collected and delivered to the Oliver Springs Angel Tree Ministry which distributes the gifts to the children before the winter break. Earlier in December, OSTI collected food items to be distributed to children for their weekend meals. This long-standing tradition is one way OSTI participates in the local community. OSTI, within the DOE Office of Science and located at 1 Science.gov Way in Oak Ridge, advances science and sustains technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useable to DOE researchers and to the public.

 

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Posted December 1, 2011


  • Stanford in the Spotlight at .EDUconnections


    EDUconnectionsStanford’s list of Nobel Laureates is long and distinguished, as is its research relationship with the U.S. Department of Energy. Read about Stanford’s research and resource connections to DOE at the OSTI .EDUconnections website. .EDUconnections features U.S. community colleges and universities committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. For more institutions in the .EDUconnections spotlight, visit the archive page.

 

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Posted November 1, 2011


  • Get charged!


    Community College ConnectionsCommunity Colleges across the country are revving up to educate tomorrow’s scientific and technical workforce, and Pellissippi State Community College is no exception.  Not only is the college in East Tennessee expanding the teaching of technology, the use of technology in instruction, and the transfer of technology to local business and industry, it’s also charging engines in a more literal sense. Through support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Pellissippi State is demonstrating its continued efforts toward sustainability and environmental stewardship with the recent addition of new electric vehicle charging stations exit federal site at two of its campuses. Anyone with a vehicle compatible with the station may use it and for now there is no cost to the users. Read more Pellissippi State’s diverse technology programs at http://www.osti.gov/EDUconnections/ccc/pstcc. The .EDUconnections website spotlights educational institutions with connections to DOE scientific research programs.

  • Science Accelerator "checks" off another enhancement

    Science Accelerator

    Have you ever wanted to save all the items on a search results page but found that checking each item a cumbersome process? With Science Accelerator, you now have a quick and easy option – to 'Select all displayed'. This selects all the results on the page that you are viewing. In addition, the search and retrieval capability for one of the Science Accelerator resources, DOE R&D Accomplishments, has been enhanced to provide an improved results list. Also, sharing your search results via e-mail now offers the capability to send a comment to the recipient. Explore these new capabilities via the basic search or the advanced search.

 

Posted October 6, 2011


  • Ames Lab Associate Scientist Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry


    Daniel ShechtmanDaniel Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the discovery of quasicrystals.” Shechtman is an associate scientist at the Department of Energy Ames Laboratory (see DOE news release), an Iowa State University professor of materials science and engineering, and the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He is currently at the Technion in Haifa, Israel. Read more about Shechtman at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

 

Posted October 5, 2011


  • DOE-supported researcher takes 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics


    Saul PerlmutterSaul Perlmutter, a physicist at the DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and a professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley, won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae” (see DOE press release). Perlmutter shares the prize with Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University and Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University and Space Telescope Science Institute. Read more about Perlmutter at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

 

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Posted October 3, 2011


  • University of Puerto Rico featured at OSTI .EDUconnections


    EDUconnectionsThe University of Puerto Rico provides numerous research opportunities for students, including the Mauyaquez High Energy Physics Group funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Currently this group is working in the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more about the University at the OSTI .EDUconnections website, and find related research documents.

 

Posted September 30, 2011


  • Introducing Mobile Science.gov


    Science.govChildren ask the most probing questions about the world around them – and they want immediate answers. Health issues pop up at inopportune times. Now you can always have an authoritative response at hand using mobile Science.gov. Anywhere, anytime, you can go to m.science.gov to get science information quickly. Read more about Science.gov, the online gateway to over 45 databases and more than 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies.

Released September 20, 2011


  • DOE Scientific Research Data Now Easier to Find


    DataCiteResearchers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can now make their scientific research data easier to cite and easier to find from worldwide sources. The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is now registering publicly available scientific research datasets created by DOE-funded researchers through DataCite. OSTI, within the Office of Science, became a member of DataCite in January 2011 to facilitate access to DOE datasets. Through this membership, OSTI assigns permanent identifiers, known as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), to the individual datasets to aid in citation, discovery, and retrieval. Creating stable pathways to these datasets makes the scientific process more accessible and the research more replicable for future discoveries.

    OSTI Director Walter Warnick said, “This service yields easier access and identification of scientific research datasets produced by DOE-funded researchers so that they can be readily found and cited with confidence.”

    Read more at the press release.

 

Released September 7, 2011


  • New Semantic Search Technology Gets You Directly to Rich Green Energy R&D


    DOE Green EnergyWhen you search for green energy research information at the DOE Green Energy portal, you will now receive results that allow you to explore more narrow concepts, related concepts, or even broader concepts than your original scientific query (see press release). With its new semantic search technology, DOE Green Energy affords you the use of the familiar and simple search box – yet still provides the benefits of an advanced search technology to help get to the information you need. In addition, the DOE Green Energy site recently deployed an auto-complete feature. This means that as you type your query, such as “ethanol,” into the search box, you will immediately see a list of associated concepts, i.e., ethanol fuel, cellulosic ethanol, direct methanol fuel cell, etc. from which to choose. DOE Green Energy results come from valuable sources of DOE research and development (R&D) information. These sources include DOE databases of technical reports and patents, filtered for green energy related subjects such as solar, hydro, geothermal, and wind energy, energy storage, tidal and wave power, direct energy conversion, nuclear fuel cycle, biomass and synthetic fuels, and much more.

 

Posted September 2, 2011



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  • Salt Lake Community College: Solar partner with DOE


    Community College ConnectionsThe DOE Rocky Mountain Solar Training Program exit federal site partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, Salt Lake Community College exit federal site, and others, works to accelerate the use of solar electric technologies and training programs within a 15 state western US region. Salt Lake Community College is the largest higher education institution with the most diverse student body in Utah. Read more at community college connections about this institution’s diverse science and technology programs. Community college connections is a part of the .EDUconnections website, hosted by OSTI.

Posted August 31, 2011


  • High Energy Physics Owes Debt to Nobel Laureate Georges Charpak


    Georges CharpakHe developed a host of particle detectors and won the 1992 Nobel Prize for his ground breaking multiwire proportional chamber which revolutionized particle physics. Find resources with additional information about Georges Charpak at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

Solar Interplanetary Model
 
Credit: NSF Image
Collection W.P. Abbett,
University of California,
Berkeley

 

Posted August 11, 2011


  • More science images at Science.gov


    Science images from the NSF Image Collection have been added to the Science.gov image search. The Science.gov image search makes it easy to find science images from a variety of federal agencies/organizations, including NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS and USGS-NBII. Get photos and drawings of plants, weather and space images, photos of thousands of marine species, and more.

 

 

Posted August 2, 2011


 

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Posted July 29, 2011


  • Software developed at Los Alamos National Lab touted by President Obama, available via OSTI



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    A software package developed at Los Alamos National Lab was recently touted by President Obama in his remarks at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center. President Obama said that a team of researchers at LANL teamed with Procter and Gamble "to adapt software developed for war … to dramatically boost the performance of diapers."


    "Yes, diapers," said the President. "Folks chuckle, but those who've been parents -- (laughter) -- are always on the lookout for indestructible, military-grade diapers."

    President Obama noted that "federal agencies are working with private companies to make powerful, often unaffordable modeling and simulation software easier to access." The software package, Computational Fluid Dynamics Library, is available at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Science and Technology Software Center, hosted at OSTI.

    Software packages in the OSTI collection can be used for a variety of applications, and in many cases are available in multiple platforms, such as PC, workstation, or supercomputer.

     

Posted July 14, 2011



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Rabi Family Collection:
Rabi as teenager, from
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  • Research begets research, look to 1940s for today's state-of- the-art innovation


    To get exquisitely detailed imaging of the inside of the human body, today’s medical practitioners turn to the MRI. To get to the roots of the MRI, researchers turn to I.I. Rabi and his ground-breaking exploration of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the 1940s. Rabi’s work led to the 1944 Nobel Prize in Physics exit federal site and supported not only the development of the MRI, but the atomic clock and the laser as well. To top off his legacy, Rabi was known for his love for and ability to teach exit federal site younger generations of physicists. Find resources with additional information at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website.DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

 

 

 

 

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Posted June 30, 2011


  • Virtual library of Energy-related research info revamped and ready for searchers



    EenrgyFiles

    EnergyFiles has been revamped and now searches over 50 databases of science information in fields relevant to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Topics include biology and medicine, fission and nuclear technologies, geophysics, materials science, mathematics, renewable energy, and more. You can search EnergyFiles with a single query at the homepage, or utilize the advanced search for more customized results. You can also browse useful links related to each subject, including links to relevant organizations, conference information, and reference materials. Over 25% of the resources point to DOE-funded research information. EnergyFiles was the first known federal government federated search engine and was listed in 2005 as a top search portal by the Association of College and Research Libraries.


    Improvements include:

    • A one-stop search of all EnergyFiles resources
    • Ranking of results based on relevance
    • Clustering of results by subtopics, authors, and dates
    • Sorting options by rank, date, title, author, and limiting by source
    • Daily, weekly, or monthly alerts of new information in your areas of interest
    • Eureka News results related to your search terms
    • Mark & send option for emailing results to friends and colleagues
    • Download capabilities

     

Posted June 20, 2011


  • WorldWideScience.org Enhancements: Addition of Arabic Translation, Mobile Capability, and Multimedia Results


    Arabic has been added to the suite of translated languages at WorldWideScience.org, bringing the total number of translated languages to 10. At WorldWideScience.org, your query can be translated into the languages of the search engine’s 80-plus databases and the results can be translated into  your preferred language. In addition, WorldWideScience.org has added a new multimedia search capability, including search of speech-indexed scientific videos from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and CERN.  Speech-indexing is provided by the Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (MAVIS). Also, a mobile version of WorldWideScience.org (http://m.worldwidescience.org)  has been launched, which will mark another first in the field of federated search. These enhancements build on WorldWideScience.org’s history of innovation in combining information and search technologies with a commitment to accelerate scientific discovery. This commitment is shared by the multilateral WorldWideScience Alliance, comprised of globally-dispersed national and international scientific and technical information organizations.



Released June 8, 2011


  • New mashup offers every-word-searchable multimedia within scientific federated search engines


    OSTI now offers a "mashup" of a unique speech-recognition search capability within federated search tools to help citizens and researchers alike find scientific multimedia worldwide. This application appears in ScienceAccelerator.gov and WorldWideScience.org, thereby extending the reach of federated searching that historically had been limited to textual information. Now enhanced multimedia files within these products will be searchable by every spoken word (see press release).



Posted June 3, 2011


  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University in the Spotlight at .EDUconnections



    Polytechnic Institute of New York University

    Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where Energy Secretary Steven Chu offered remarks for the 2011 graduating class, is in the Spotlight at the OSTI .EDUconnections website. .EDUconnections features U.S. community colleges and universities committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. For more institutions in the .EDUconnections spotlight, visit the archive page.



Posted June 1, 2011


  • Thin films, tunneling, and superconductivity research info at DOE R&D Accomplishments website


    DOE R&D AccomplishmentsIvar Giaever worked in the fields of thin films, tunneling, and superconductivity, which eventually yielded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 exit federal site. He collaborated to develop Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing, a technology which studies in real time the activities of cells grown in tissue culture and has many applications today in the biophysical technology market. Find resources with additional information at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.





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Posted May 26, 2011


  • CERN Multimedia Now Playing at Energy Department ScienceCinema


    ScienceCinemaDOE, CERN and Microsoft Research have teamed up to make CERN multimedia accessible through the ScienceCinema multimedia search engine (see press release). CERN is one of the world's leading particle physics laboratories and has its headquarters in Geneva. Now, in addition to DOE R&D multimedia, CERN videos are every word searchable, delivering exceptionally precise and time-saving results. ScienceCinema was developed by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) to make multimedia of some of DOE’s most exciting research more visible to researchers and the public.

Posted May 2, 2011


  • Research 'on the go' with OSTI mobile: http://m.osti.gov/


    OSTI mobile http://m.osti.gov/, the mobile application that previously searched Information Bridge, has been upgraded. Now your Android, Blackberry or iPhone will give you results from a number of OSTI Databases, including Energy Citations Database, Information Bridge, ScienceCinema, DOepatents and DOE Green Energy. Narrow your search by document type including multimedia and standard options, download and email results. Get the OSTIblog, twitter, Facebook, videos, and news.

  • Arapahoe Community College Science and Technical Programs featured at OSTI Community College Connections

  • Energy Technology programs are offered now at Arapahoe Community College:

    • Solar Photovoltaic Systems Technician Certificate
    • Solar Thermal System Technician Certificate
    • Energy Analyst (Auditor) Certificate
    • Construction Supervision AAS Degree
    • LEED Exam Preparation

    Read about Arapahoe Community College and other colleges and universities benefiting from Department of Energy research and development at .EDUconnections and Community College Connections.

     

Posted April 13, 2011


  • Ting and the J/psi Particle yield Charm quark plus 1976 Nobel Prize



    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    While conducting research in the early 1970s at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Samuel C.C. Ting concluded he had evidence of a new elementary particle exit federal site three times heavier than a proton and much longer-lived than anything physics currently knew of (where “long life” is often measured in minute fractions of a second). Ting announced his discovery of the “J particle” at about the same time Burton Richter at Stanford University demonstrated the existence of the “psi particle.” Richter went on to serve as Director of the DOE Stanford Linear Accelerator Center from 1984-1999. Their dual discoveries provided the first experimental evidence for a fourth quark, “charm,” and earned them the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physics exit federal site. Find resources with additional information at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

Posted April 1, 2011

  • Improving biofuel feedstock, developing better processing technique, ensuring sustainability: UW-Madison and DOE team up



    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Energy have teamed up to ensure sustainability of the entire life cycle. Core research programs exit federal site at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center span the biofuels pipeline, from creating improved biofuel feedstocks to developing improved processing techniques and catalysts. Get more information at the OSTI .EDUconnections website. .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. For more institutions in the .EDUconnections spotlight, visit the archive page.

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Posted March 9, 2011


  • Women's (in DOE Science) History Month info at OSTI

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    Do you need info for Women’s History Month? Think Women in DOE Science History. Ada Yonath, 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Barbara McClintock, 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics, are featured at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Yonath counts as a double bonus if you also need info for the International Year of Chemistry. All three researchers accomplished their award-winning discoveries through work at DOE labs. A few facts (more can be found at the DOE R&D Accomplishments site):

    • Yonath established the Weizmann Institute in 1970, which was for almost a decade the only protein crystallography laboratory in Israel.
    • Among McClintock’s many honors for her discovery of mobile genetic elements is a U.S. Postal Service Stamp dedication Data.gov.
    • Goeppert-Mayer, for development of the nuclear shell model, was the second woman to receive the Nobel Prize in physics (following Marie Curie) and the fourth American woman to win a Nobel Prize.

    DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

Posted March 1, 2011


  • OSTI honored with Anderson County Combined Federal Campaign Awards

    Community College Connections

    At the Anderson County Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 2010 Awards Luncheon today, OSTI was honored with two awards: a 1st Place Gold Award “for setting the mark in employee participation to the 2010-2011 Combined Federal Campaign in Anderson County” and a 2nd Place Silver Award “for setting the mark in per capita giving to the 2010-2011 Combined Federal Campaign in Anderson County”.  Several members of the OSTI staff were also recognized for their help and generous contributions. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

     

  • Macomb Community College featured at OSTI Community College Connections

    Community College Connections

    From biological sciences to automotive engineering, Macomb Community College has a wide range of programs now featured at the Community College Connections website. Read about Macomb Community College and other colleges and universities benefiting from Department of Energy research and development at .EDUconnections and Community College Connections.

     

 

Posted February 23, 2011


  • Use tag cloud & get a quick look at DOE accomplishments

    Use this tag cloud to quickly find research results related to your scientific key words of interest in the DOE R&D Accomplishments database. There is a direct correlation between font size and quantity: the more times a term appears in the bibliographic citations, the larger the font size. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

     

  • Just what is the J/psi Particle? Read more at OSTI

    R&D AccomplishmentsThe J/psi is the subatomic particle that helped verify the existence of the charmed quark and bolstered the theoretical picture explaining nature’s fundamental particles and how they interact. Burton Richter shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 1976 for his co-discovery of J/psi. Find out more at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website.DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science. For a quick look at the Accomplishments database, see the new Accomplishments tagcloud.

 

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Posted February 8, 2011


  • Get scientific videos highlighting the most exciting R&D sponsored by DOE via ScienceCinema

    ScienceCinemaScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research to allow users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities. When users search for specific scientific words and phrases of interest to them, precise snippets of the video where the specific search term was spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. While the launch of the video database will include an initial 1,000 hours of content, it will continue to grow as new DOE R&D-related videos are produced. See the press release.

  • More OSTI tools at Data.gov

    Data.govData.gov recently incorporated into its Tools Catalogue several additional search engines developed by OSTI. These include:

    OSTI serves as Operating Agent for Science.gov and WorldWideScience.org, and provided those to Data.gov as well. Science.gov was developed through the interagency Science.gov Alliance, and WorldWideScience was developed through the international WorldWideScience Alliance.

    Data.gov is an administration-wide Open Gov Initiative aimed at increasing the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use federal government datasets. In December 2009, OSTI submitted 17 tools and services to data.gov, including XML scientific dataset services, scientific search widgets, and science-related RSS feeds. Subsequent to the OSTI submission to data.gov, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the DOE assets were included in the National Assets initiative. Five of the data sets hosted by OSTI were identified by the Department of Energy as “high value” data sets (scroll).

 

Posted February 1, 2011


  • From the development of exotic materials to the study of flu virus shuttles, Iowa State University and DOE partnership is on the move

    Iowa State University’s vision is to lead the world in advancing the land-grant ideas of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work. A unique partnership with Ames Lab is proving productive. Read more at the OSTI .EDUconnections website. .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. For more institutions in the .EDUconnections spotlight, visit the archive page.



Posted January 26, 2011


  • Get energy-related lab equipment for schools

    Energy-related lab equipment is available to qualifying middle schools, high schools, universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical institutes, museums, or hospitals in the United States for use in energy oriented educational programs. The equipment is available for a limited time and is granted on a first-received application, first-qualified basis. The listing of equipment available through the ERLE Grant Program is updated as new equipment is identified. In FY 2010, ERLE processed 645 successful grants for a total equipment value of $11,113,265.25.



Posted January 19, 2011


  • R&D Accomplishments: Visions of Success

    OSTI Video Featured

    An OSTI video is featured at the Energy Blog's Vintage Energy. The Energy Blog says that the DOE R&D Accomplishments: Visions of Success video "does a great job detailing DOE's accomplishments – and with some energetic music to boot!"



Posted January 14, 2011


  • From earth to space, Harold Urey's research paved pathways for modern science

    Harold Urey

    The discovery of deuterium helped Harold Urey win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1934 exit federal site and has been called one of the foremost achievements of modern science. His work ranged from the separation of isotopes for the development of the atomic bomb to cosmochemistry, a term he coined when his interests turned to the chemistry of the planets. Read more about this pioneering scientist at the DOE R&D Accomplishments web page, and find resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

 

 

 

Posted January 3, 2011


  • Biofuels, Green Technologies from Central Carolina Community College featured at OSTI

    Community College Connections

    Students at this community college in North Carolina can get in on the ground level of constructing a pilot scale plant capable of producing biofuels – then see the fuel they produce run college vehicles and equipment. Central Carolina Community College exit federal site offers a variety of scientific and technical programs with an emphasis on sustainable technologies exit federal site. Read more at community college connections, part of the .EDUconnections website hosted by OSTI.

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Posted December 2, 2010

  • Science.gov faster, easier to use

    Science.gov

    Your search for federal government science information at Science.gov is faster than ever before and the portal sports enhancements to streamline your search experience, including:

    • Users can now access their alerts accounts from their alerts email. It is much easier to modify or delete alerts and users can increase the alerts frequency to Daily.
    • Users can now download directly to RefWorks or EndNote in addition to just the .RIS format.
    • Users can now search both the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations through the main search page.
  • Arizona State featured at OSTI



    Arizona State

    ASU researchers are looking to solve society’s grand challenges, and the institution’s research awards grew to over $347 million in 2010. You can now read about ASU research opportunities – from undergraduate research exit federal site to the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative exit federal site – at the OSTI .EDUconnections website. .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. For more institutions in the .EDUconnections spotlight, visit the archive page.

  • McMillan surprised research world in 1940 with discovery of Neptunium



    Edwin M. McMillan

    After scientists had believed for years that Uranium (Element 92) was the upper limit of the Periodic Table, Edwin M. McMillan in 1940 discovered Neptunium (Element 93). In 1951, McMillan and Glenn T. Seaborg shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry exit federal site for their "discoveries in the chemistry of transuranium elements." Read more at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Get the technical reports and find resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.



Posted November 15, 2010

  • Find software developed by the DOE labs via updated website, ESTSC

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center

    You can find scientific and technical software resulting from DOE-funded research at the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC) website. Software packages in the collection can be used for a variety of applications, and represent the latest in Energy Department-sponsored software. In many cases, the packages are available in multiple platforms, such as PC, workstation, or supercomputer. Software is available on CD-ROM and includes supporting documentation, either in paper or electronic format. An online searchable catalog is available. The collection also contains selected software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

  • More results, still relevant – Science Accelerator increases the returns on your science search

    Science Accelerator

    Because of upgrades in technology, Science Accelerator now returns more results from each of the resources it searches, with the possibility of returning almost twice as many as before. While the pool of results is larger, those results are still ranked by relevancy to your search term(s). Plus, in returning these results, "exact phrase" search results are more precise because stemming of the terms in the "exact phrase" has been eliminated.  Your search strategy, as well as other information, is now provided when the search results are printed, providing additional access to this information.  For more results plus greater precision, try Science Accelerator, a gateway to science information from the Department of Energy, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more.

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Posted November 2, 2010

  • Lansing Community College featured at OSTI

    Mesalands Community College

    Find a wealth of research opportunities at Lansing Community College, one of the first colleges in the nation to incorporate alternative energy into its curricula and to offer an Associate's degree in alternative energy engineering technology. Science and technology programs of study also include applied math and statistics, biology, chemistry, computer science, electrical technology, environmental, design and building technologies, geographic information systems, physical sciences, and transportation and engineering technologies. Read more at community college connections, part of the .EDUconnections website hosted by OSTI.

 

Posted October 21, 2010

  • Olah discovered superacids, cleared path for "methanol economy"

  • George Olah
    Courtesy Rand Larson,
    Morningstar Productions

    George Olah received the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry exit federal site "for his contribution to carbocation chemistry" and his 'role in the chemistry of hydrocarbons. His work revolutionized the understanding of organic chemistry and led to the concept of the "methanol economy," which could reduce society's reliance on fossil fuel sources for energy and materials. Read more at DOE R&D Accomplishments, find resources with additional information and view the related patents. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

 

Posted October 1, 2010

  • Florida International University in the Spotlight at OSTI .EDUconnections

  • Florida International University

    Visit .EDUconnections and connect to DOE-related research at Florida International University, one of South Florida’s anchor institutions. FIU has been locally and globally engaged for more than four decades finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. Find out about the Applied Research Center exit federal site and the Energy Research Group exit federal site. Find FIU researchers in the OSTI E-print Network database. Learn about FIU professors of interest and the institution’s exceptional students, and find remarkable innovations in research. Quick links are available at .EDUconnections to DOE grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships, and DOE-associated Nobel Laureates. An archive is available to other institutions featured in the .EDUconnections Spotlight. .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs.

 

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Posted September 21, 2010

  • Use the new search tool to find federal science internships & fellowships at Science.gov

  • Science.gov

    Looking for a summer internship with the Department of Homeland Security? Need a science graduate fellowship with the Department of Energy Office of Science? Students, teachers, and professors looking for federal internships and fellowships in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) can find the information they need at the Science.gov Internship and Fellowship special collection, now with an easy search box for quick access. The browse feature is still available and recommended in combination with the search feature for best results. FICE, the Federal Interagency Committee on Education, and the Science.gov Content Managers from the participating agencies have responsibility for this section. 

     

Posted September 2, 2010



Posted August 30, 2010

  • Research on the "Go" with OSTI mobile

  • Now you can find full-text technical reports from the Department of Energy from your mobile device. The new mobile OSTI website http://m.osti.gov/ is ready to travel and provides the latest research, OSTI news, award-winning OSTIblog, as well as OSTI YouTube, Facebook & Twitter interface whenever & wherever you need it.

     

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Posted August 24, 2010




  • From batteries that power space craft to "pre-pong" video games, DOE scientific accomplishments have impact – view the videos



    RDaccomplishments

    What has DOE accomplished? For a quick overview of DOE scientific advancements of impact, view the recently posted Fast Facts and DOE Visions of Success I videos from the new video page at DOE R&D Accomplishments. This OSTI website is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.




Posted August 18, 2010



  • Find the latest DOE project info – 3,900 new summaries recently added



    rdprojects

    Find the latest DOE project information at DOE R&D Project Summaries. The database was recently updated and now includes information on approximately 3,900 new summaries of ongoing projects performed by the DOE laboratories and research facilities. With the inclusion of this most recent data, there are over 46,000 records available. Through this system, project summaries of ongoing or recently completed DOE research projects are publicly available for online searching. Open access through DOE R&D Project Summaries is one means for DOE to educate and inform the general public of its R&D activities. Projects pertain to a range of R&D disciplines in energy, science, and technology, and reflect various funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.



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Posted August 3, 2010



  • Connect to Michigan State University



    .EDUconnections Michigan State University

    Visit .EDUconnections and connect to DOE-related research at Michigan State University, the nation’s pioneer land-grant university. Find out about the $600 million cutting-edge Facility for Rare Isotope Beams now underway exit federal site. Learn about professors of interest and the institution’s exceptional students, and find remarkable innovations in research. Quick links are available at .EDUconnections to DOE grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships, and DOE-associated Nobel Laureates. An archive is available to other institutions featured in the .EDUconnections Spotlight. .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs.  

 

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Posted July 27, 2010



  • World Energy Congress 2010 responding to global challenges, ETDE to make presentations widely available



The 21st World Energy Congress, “Responding now on global challenges,” will convene in Montréal, Quebec, Canada 16-20 September 2010. Over 3,500 leaders from various energy sectors, 300 exhibitors, 5,000 participants, and 200 confirmed speakers from 52 countries are expected at the Montreal Congress to discuss the world energy situation. Twelve major international energy-related events will be held in conjunction with the Congress. The 21st World Energy Congress is organized under the auspices of the World Energy Council (WEC), which is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. The WEC represents all players in the energy industry and has Member Committees in nearly 100 countries. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people. Energy Technology Data Exchange, an international energy information exchange agreement formed in 1987 under the International Energy Agency (IEA) framework, is working with the WEC to make the main session presentations available on the web following the conference, augmenting the printed proceedings. Papers from the 20th Congress in 2007 are cited in the ETDEWEB database, hosted at OSTI as the ETDE Operating Agent.

 

Posted July 21, 2010



  • Tracking down rare cosmic rays, opening windows to the early history of the universe – James Cronin featured



    James Cronin

    He has tracked down rare and powerful cosmic rays, he has opened a window into the earliest history of the universe, and along the way he earned the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics. James Cronin and his award-winning research are featured at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

     

  • Take OSTI news with you via mobile web app


    Visit http://m.wbx.me/ostinews via the Google Chrome or Safari browser to take OSTI news with you on your iPhone or Android. Explore the latest features on Nobel Laureates, link to research info from the U.S. DOE national laboratories and beyond, stay abreast of top-of-the-line search tools and technologies, know where to find high-value datasets, and much more.

     

Posted July 1, 2010



  • Get the patent info; then select the "more like this" link for enhanced discovery



    DOepatents

    Search at the DOE central collection of patent information and find the patent info you need; then check out the "more like this" link for enhanced discovery. The OSTI DOepatents database is where research and development intersect with innovation and invention. The collection demonstrates the Department's considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to today.

     

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Posted June 22, 2010



  • DOE scientific research data now more visible for researchers and the public



    DOE Data Explorer

    Computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research are now more visible to researchers and the public through the addition of the DOE Data Explorer to the Science Accelerator search engine. The DOE Data Explorer identifies and describes collections of DOE-sponsored, non-text data which reside at national laboratories, data centers, user facilities, colleges and universities, and the websites of professional organizations, consortiums, corporate institutions, and international organizations. Now users have an additional pathway to this important scientific research data through the Science Accelerator, which also searches technical reports, citations, patents, software, conference proceedings, and more.

  • Get the expanded widget plus more DOE R&D through the Science Accelerator



    Science Accelerator

    You can now explore multiple Science Accelerator features through the new tabbed widget. Download this tool via the 'Get Widget Options' link or by placing the inclusion code in the online location of your choice.When you use the widget search feature, a federated search provides one-stop simultaneous searching of multiple scientific resources, including the recently-added DOE Data Explorer (collections of DOE non-text data) and DOE Green Energy (results for DOE green energy R&D). Science Accelerator helps you find Department of Energy research and development reports, accomplishments, project descriptions, patents, software, e-prints, science conference proceedings and more.

  • DOE researcher’s invention now a Kevin Costner patent going to work in Gulf oil spill



    DOepatents

    An oil separation invention by David H. Meikrantz, a researcher with the DOE Idaho National Laboratory, could have significant impact in oil spill clean-up. Kevin Costner purchased the patent by Meikrantz 17 years ago, and now, Ocean Therapy Solutions, a company he co-founded, is partnering with BP to take advantage of this technology (read more exit federal site). As part of the Obama Administration's ongoing commitment to transparency surrounding the response to the BP oil spill, the Department of Energy is providing online access to schematics, pressure tests, diagnostic results and other data about the malfunctioning blowout preventer. For more information on DOE patents, visit the DOepatents database at OSTI. This collection demonstrates the Department's considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to today.

Released June 11, 2010



  • WorldWideScience.org Goes Multilingual


    Now you can find non-English scientific literature from databases in China, Russia, France, and several Latin American countries and have your search results translated into one of nine languages. With the beta launch today of Multilingual WorldWideScience.org, real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed collections of scientific literature is possible. This new capability is the result of an international public-private partnership between the WorldWideScience.org Alliance and Microsoft Research, whose translation technology has been paired with the federated searching technology of Deep Web Technologies.

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Posted June 11, 2010



  • Language barrier broken with Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA

    WorldWideScience

    WorldWideScience.org now provides the first-ever real-time searching and translation across globally-dispersed, multilingual scientific literature (view the announcement at the DOE Office of Science). Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA allows users to search non-English databases in China, Russia, France, and several Latin American countries and receive search results translated into one of nine languages. Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, which serves as operating agent for WorldWideScience.org, emphasized in his presentation to the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) annual conference held in Helsinki, Finland on June 11, both the “open government” aspects and the potential for accelerating scientific discovery with the addition of multilingual translations across nationally-sponsored R&D results and other science (view the OSTI press release and Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA video exit federal site).

  • Revolutionary physicist and Nobel Prize winner featured at OSTI

    Kenneth Wilson

    Kenneth Wilson won the1982 Nobel Prize in physics exit federal site "for his theory for critical phenomena in connection with phase transitions." Wilson is featured at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. According to The Harvard Crimson exit federal site, Wilson “was part of the generation of scientists who revolutionized physics in the 1970s and confirmed the quantum theories of physicists from the early 20th century including Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein.” Read about his award-winning work and find resources with additional information.

Posted June 3, 2010



  • DOE Accomplishments at your fingertips with new tabbed widget

    WorldWideScience

    Download the new tabbed widget to search the DOE R&D Accomplishments Database, check out new content (including Nobel Laureate info), stay abreast of the latest DOE Accomplishments news with the RSS feed, and access the DOE Accomplishments Blog. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

  • .EDUconnections puts Tuskegee University in the "spotlight"



    Tuskegee University

    Connect to DOE-related research at Tuskegee University when you visit the OSTI .EDUconnections. Learn about professors of interest and the institution’s exceptional students, and find remarkable innovations in research. Quick links are available at .EDUconnections to DOE grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships, and DOE-associated Nobel Laureates. An archive is available to other institutions featured in the .EDUconnections Spotlight. .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs.

  • Green energy portal added to Science Accelerator

    Tuskegee University

    The DOE Green Energy portal, which pools DOE technical reports, citations, and patents related to different types of renewable energy resources and energy conservation, is now visible through the Science Accelerator search engine. Science Accelerator searches DOE R&D projects and programs, descriptions of R&D projects under way or recently completed, major R&D accomplishments, and recent research of interest to DOE. The DOE Green Energy portal includes but is not limited to hydrogen, solar energy, tidal and wave power, energy storage, and direct energy conversion research results.

Posted May 28, 2010



  • OSTI visits John Burroughs Education Campus for National Lab Day



    nationallabday

    On May 26th, OSTI Director Walter Warnick and Information Program Specialist Joanna Martin visited John Burroughs Education Campus in Washington DC to participate in a "Chew and Chat with a Scientist or Engineer" National Lab Day event. They discussed career possibilities and shared insights regarding students’ personal career paths.




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  • University of Illinois featured at the OSTI .EDUconnections website



    University of Illinois feature on EDUconnections

    Connect to DOE-related research at the University of Illinois when you visit .EDUconnections. Learn about professors of interest and the institution’s exceptional students, and find remarkable innovations in research. Quick links are available at .EDUconnections to DOE grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships, and DOE-associated Nobel Laureates. An archive is available to other institutions featured in the .EDUconnections Spotlight. .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. Since 1867, the University of Illinois has been on the cutting edge of research and discovery, yielding revolutionary innovations such as the Mosaic Web browser, new plant varieties and the discovery of a third domain of life.

     

  • Melvin Schwartz and the discovery of the muon neutrino featured at OSTI



    Discovery of the muon neutrino
    Courtesy
    Brookhaven
    National
    Laboratory

    Discoveries that unleashed new opportunities for research into the innermost structure and dynamics of matter are now featured at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Melvin Schwartz was the co-winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics exit federal site "for the neutrino beam method and the demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino." Read about his award-winning work, done at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and find resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.




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Posted April 22, 2010



  • DOE Green Energy portal



    DOE Green Energy portal

    Find green energy-related research and development information through a new online portal, DOE Green Energy. The free public portal was launched on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (view press release) and provides technical documents from thousands of R&D projects conducted at DOE National Laboratories and by DOE-funded awards at universities. The DOE Green Energy portal is part of the DOE Open Government Plan, which furthers the Administration’s Open Government Initiative. It contains bibliographic citations, technical reports and patent information on different types of renewable energy resources and energy conservation, including solar, wind, bioenergy, hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal and wave power, and energy storage.

  • New visualization technology enables users to reach for the stars – find the related patent at DOepatents



    Starlight Information Visualization System
    Courtesy Pacific
    Northwest National
    Laboratory

    The Starlight Information Visualization System is a Windows-based visual analytics tool developed over several years of research by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists. Find the associated patent and read more at http://starlight.pnl.gov/

    DOepatents was developed by OSTI. More information about technology transfer may be found at the DOE Technology Transfer website. Questions about technology transfer at the U.S. Department of Energy may be addressed to DOEtechtransfer@science.doe.gov.



Posted April 6, 2010



  • A new light shines on community colleges



    community college

    The U.S. Department of Energy is now spotlighting community colleges across the nation committed to supporting and advancing science. The new page, community college connections, is linked from the OSTI .EDUconnections website which connects university libraries and research departments to valuable DOE scientific research. Visit community college connections this month to learn more about Des Moines Area Community College exit federal site (DMACC) in Des Moines, Iowa and its array of science programs. Explore the resources and get quick links to nearby Ames Laboratory and its community college programs. Ames is managed by Iowa State University which shares a cross enrollment program with Des Moines Area Community College.


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Posted March 30, 2010



  • Find a lot of patent information fast using the patent abstracts feature at the DOepatents database



    doepatents

    Now it’s easy to quickly scan patent abstracts to find the scientific patent information you need. Search at DOepatents for the patent information related to your science topic; then hover over the patent titles and read the first 50 words of the patent abstracts directly from your search results page. Patent abstracts allow a quick perusal of all the patents on the search results page related to your search term. DOepatents was developed by OSTI. More information about technology transfer may be found at the DOE Technology Transfer website. Questions about technology transfer at the U.S. Department of Energy may be addressed to DOEtechtransfer@science.doe.gov.



  • Find your scientific document; then quickly find “more like this” at Information Bridge



    information brige

    The “go to” site for Department of Energy full-text research documents has added a ''more like this" feature on the search results page. Now you can search for technical reports on your topics of interest and quickly locate related documents. The “more like this” feature is based on the frequency of similar terms within the documents.


    Documents in Information Bridge are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format.



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Posted March 9, 2010



 

  • OSTI’s .EDUconnections Spotlight Is on Purdue University

    Purdue University

    The Spotlight is on Purdue University. Each month OSTI’s .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. Find professors of interest, exceptional students, and science and education news from Purdue. Visit the archive to see additional featured universities.

     

  • Willard Libby
    Courtesy
    UCLA Photography
  • Radiocarbon, Carbon Dating and Willard Libby featured at DOE R&D Accomplishments Website

  • Willard Libby won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry exit federal site for his development of a method to use carbon-14 for age determination in archaeology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science. View the feature at DOE R&D Accomplishments, a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science. Resources with additional information are available.

     

 

Posted March 2, 2010



  • Find DOE research documents, citations, accomplishments, patents, and projects related to climate change at OSTI

    Climate Change

    The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding over a billion supercomputing hours to address scientific challenges through the 2010 Incite Program. This week OSTI features research documents, citations, accomplishments, patents, and projects related to climate change, one of the primary scientific challenges addressed through the program that enables scientists and engineers to conduct cutting-edge research in just weeks or months rather than the years or decades needed previously. OSTI accelerates scientific discovery by providing rapid and precise access to scientific and technical information.

 

Posted February 9, 2010



  • Find DOepatents related to Tokamak devices at the OSTI DOepatents database

    DOepatents

    View the featured DOepatents related to Tokamak devices, read recent DOepatent features, and subscribe to the DOepatents RSS news feed at the OSTI DOepatents database. DOepatents is the U.S. Department of Energy central collection of patent information, where research and development intersect with innovation and invention. This collection demonstrates the Department's considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to today.

  • "Spotlight" on MIT at the OSTI .EDUconnections website

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    .EDUconnections

    Connect to DOE-related research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when you visit .EDUconnections. Learn about MIT professors, the institution’s exceptional students, and find MIT Nobel Laureates associated with DOE. Quick links are available to DOE grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships. An archive is available to other institutions featured in the .EDUconnections spotlight. .EDUconnections spotlights U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs.


Posted January 26, 2010



  • "Science in the News" feeds from U.S. science agencies available at Science.gov – plus social media capabilities

    Science.gov

    Now you can get science news from many U.S. science agencies via a new feed at Science.gov. From aftershock assessment of earthquakes to food recalls to U.S. transportation updates, Science in the News provides the latest information from just one interface. Use the new share button to take advantage of a wide array of social media tools. Be sure to check out the new toolbar, which allows emailing/printing of content pages. Science.gov searches over 40 scientific databases and more than 2000 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results. Science.gov is governed by the interagency Science.gov Alliance.

Posted January 19, 2010



  • Now you can share DOE accomplishments and read the blog

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    From nuclear medicine to optical tweezers to secrets powering the stars, there’s plenty of information you can now easily share via social media at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website. OSTI has added a share tool and a blog; RSS and a widget are also available. In addition, you can now read a brief history of DOE and predecessors on the About Page. A faceted menu and menu synopsis will help you navigate the diverse range of R&D information at this site. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

  • How do plants capture energy? OSTI features the work of Nobel Laureate Melvin Calvin

    Melvin Calvin
    Courtesy of Lawrence
    Berkeley National Laboratory

    Following carbon’s path through photosynthesis earned Melvin Calvin the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry exit federal site and ignited DOE research into using solar energy as a renewable resource. Calvin’s work is featured at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Find Resources with Additional Information, including twenty-one electronic documents in the series "The Path of Carbon in Photosynthesis" and two summary-level electronic documents written in 1952 and 1960. Also available is Calvin's Nobel Prize lecture from 1961 and supplemental web pages. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.



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Posted December 21, 2009



  • OSTI clears path for finding many of world’s highly-ranked research repositories, new rankings show

    OSTI logo

    Many of the world’s top-ranked repositories of scholarly scientific information are easily accessible via OSTI search portals. According to the latest rankings by The Ranking Web of World Repositories exit federal site, which scored 400 scholarly repositories relative to global visibility and scientific impact, four of the top 20 – arXiv exit federal site (#2), PubMed Central (#4), DSpace exit federal site (#16), and CERN Document Server exit federal site (#19) – are searchable via OSTI products such as E-print Network, Science.gov, and WorldWideScience.org.  The aim of the ranking is to “support Open Access initiatives and therefore the free access to scientific publications in an electronic form and to other academic material,” according to the Cybermetrics Lab website. Cybermetrics Lab is a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC exit federal site), the largest public research body in Spain.


Posted December 14, 2009



  • DOE opens lab equipment acquisition program to high schools and middle schools

    Energy Related Laboratory Equipment

    U.S. high schools and middle schools are now eligible to participate in the Department of Energy Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) program. For 32 years this program has enabled institutions of higher education to acquire hundreds of millions of dollars in high quality surplus laboratory equipment from the Department’s National Laboratories. Schools may acquire equipment by reviewing the available equipment list at the DOE ERLE website and completing an electronic application form. The ERLE website is hosted by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).

Posted December 10, 2009



  • As part of the Administration-wide Open Gov Initiative, Secretary Chu announced that the Department of Energy is contributing various tools and data sets for the National Assets program being undertaken by a group of six departments and agencies across the federal government. The DOE data sets included are hosted by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). OSTI develops and manages these as part of its DOE program mission. OSTI widgets and RSS feeds are also accessible through the National Assets program. According to the DOE press release, by making information from multiple agencies available in RSS and XML feeds on www.data.gov, the National Assets program will increase access to information on publicly-funded technologies that are available for license, opportunities for federal funding and partnerships, and potential private-sector partners. This information will help innovators find the information they need and receive real-time updates, which can fuel entrepreneurial momentum, create new jobs, and strengthen economic growth. The agencies include the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services; the Agricultural Research Service in the Department of Agriculture; the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Department of Commerce; the Department of Energy; and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.



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Posted December 8, 2009



  • Word clouds open windows to content inside research documents

    information bridge

    To give you a window into the content of full-text research documents, OSTI has added word clouds in Information Bridge. Information Bridge provides free public access to over 200,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy research report literature. The word clouds visually represent word frequency within each document and can be viewed from the search results screen or on the bibliographic citation page when hovering over the title or the PDF icon. The top 50 terms are shown alphabetically within the word cloud. Font size is determined by the frequency of usage within the document.  Depending upon the term weighting, fonts can be as much as 80 percent larger than the least used terms in the document. The colors are random. Documents in Information Bridge are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format.



Posted December 4, 2009



  • OSTI’s .EDUconnections places spotlight on Princeton University

    .EDUconnections

    Connect to Princeton University’s DOE-related research through .EDUconnections. .EDUconnections spotlights U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. Read about Princeton professors, the institution’s exceptional students, and find Princeton Nobel Laureates associated with DOE. Quick links are available to DOE grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships. An archive is available to previous institutions featured in the .EDUconnections spotlight.



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Released October 27, 2009



  • DOE, IAEA Partner for Greater Access to Nuclear Energy R&D

    The findings from years of nuclear energy research supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) and predecessor agencies are being made searchable on the World Wide Web, due to a collaborative project between DOE and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). These documents have been provided by member states over the years, including more than 180,000 documents from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). OSTI receives frequent requests for legacy nuclear energy-related documents, according to OSTI Director Walt Warnick. “There is a misperception that all science documents are readily accessible via the web. They are not. Much science remains hard to find and retrieve as it is recorded only in paper format. Thanks to the partnership between DOE and IAEA, this situation is changing, and the research for peaceful uses of nuclear energy is becoming more accessible online. This tremendous body of knowledge is thus enjoying a renaissance of use and interest, and science progress will accelerate.”

Posted October 22, 2009



Posted October 15, 2009



  • OSTI’s .EDUconnections spotlights Jackson State University

    EDUconnections

    Connect to Jackson State University’s DOE-related research through .EDUconnections, OSTI’s latest tool to help university research departments and libraries get the resources they need. Check out the specialized tools and services; visit the spotlight page; find DOE grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships, and use the widget.

  • Be on the Alert – sign up for email Alerts at the Science Accelerator

    Science Accelerator

    Would you like to be notified when the latest research and development results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more are added to DOE/OSTI resources?  Register for free for Science Accelerator Alerts and receive email Alerts on your science topics of interest.

Posted October 13, 2009



Posted September 29, 2009



  • Oak Ridge DOE oral histories to be preserved at OSTI

    An initiative is underway for Oak Ridge DOE oral histories to be documented and preserved. The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), through the Networking Oak Ridge Oral History (NOROH) initiative, is the intended repository for oral histories from those involved in over 60 years of federal operations in the once Secret City. "The Office of Scientific and Technical Information has a long tradition of preserving documents for future generations, as we will do for oral interviews conducted by NOROH," said Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI. "This will be another addition to our immense collection which highlights the importance of Oak Ridge through the contributions of its federal workforce." Former federal employees involved in key programs on the Oak Ridge Reservation will be interviewed and their corporate knowledge assembled to create a resource for the next generation that may otherwise be lost. Former federal employees who worked on the Oak Ridge Reservation may schedule an appointment by contacting Katatra Vasquez, Cultural Resources Coordinator with DOE's Oak Ridge Office, by calling 865-576-0835 or emailing vasquezkc@oro.doe.gov. Interviews will be held at the Federal Building in Oak Ridge or, if an individual is not physically able to come to the Federal Building, special accommodations will be made to take the oral history at the individual's residence.

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Posted September 22, 2009



  • Environmental research sent to WWS.org

    WorldWideScience

    The United Kingdom has made its first major independent contribution of research data to WorldWideScience.org with the upload of the Environment Research Funders' Forum (ERFF) Research Database exit federal site. The database holds information on some 20,000 publicly funded environmental research projects and programs that have been funded by ERFF's member organizations since 2005. While research is being continually added to the ERFF's collections, through the federated search function anyone using WorldWideScience.org will be able to access the most up-to-date information from the UK's largest public sector funders of environmental science, according to the British Library press release Global science community shares wealth of knowledge exit federal site. The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom, and a founding partner in the WorldWideScience Alliance.

  • Enrico Fermi winner John B. Goodenough featured at OSTI

    John B. Goodenough
    Courtesy of
    The University of Texas
    at Austin Cockrell
    School of Engineering

    For his “lasting contributions to materials science and technology, especially the science underlying lithium-ion batteries,” John B. Goodenough was named a winner of the 2009 Enrico Fermi Award, one of the most prestigious science and technology awards awarded by the U.S. Government. View the feature on Goodenough at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website and find resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. For more information on Goodenough and related research, visit the OSTI Science Showcase featuring the 2009 Enrico Fermi award winners.

 

 

 

 

  • Enrico Fermi winner Siegfried S. Hecker featured at OSTI

    Siegfried S. Hecker
    Courtesy of
    Los Alamos National
    Laboratory LeRoy Sanchez

    For his “contributions to plutonium metallurgy, his broad scientific leadership and for his energetic and continuing efforts to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons around the globe,” Siegfried S. Hecker was named a winner of the 2009 Enrico Fermi Award, one of the most prestigious science and technology awards awarded by the U.S. Government.  View the feature on Hecker at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website and find resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. For more information on Hecker and related research, visit the OSTI Science Showcase featuring the 2009 Enrico Fermi award winners.

 

Posted September 2, 2009



  • Get connected: University research departments and libraries can find tools and resources from DOE at .EDUconnections

    EDUconnections

    University research departments and libraries can now easily connect to important resources from the U.S. Department of Energy. Check out the specialized tools and services; visit the spotlight page spotlight to see examples of universities supporting and advancing scientific research and discovery; find DOE grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships; use the widget; and coming soon join the forum. .EDUconnections is OSTI’s latest tool helping university research departments and libraries get the resources they need.



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  • Available via OSTI Collections

    EDUconnections

    Find government research information related to renewable energy through OSTI collections. Find full text technical reports, citations, project summaries and more. OSTI makes R&D information rapidly available to researchers and the public so that discovery can be accelerated.

  • Ilya Prigogine and Dissipative Structures

    Ilya Prigogine
    Courtesy of
    AIP Emilio Segré
    Visual Archives,
    Physics Today Collection

    Considered one of the founders of complexity science exit federal site, Ilya Prigogine received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1977 exit federal site for "his contributions to nonequilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theories of dissipative structures." According to The Univeristy of Texas at Austin, Prigogine developed the concept of "dissipative structures" to describe the coherent space-time structures that form in open systems in which an exchange of matter and energy occurs between a system and its environment. He was a leader in the fields of nonlinear chemistry and physics, and his research helped create a greater understanding of the role of time in the physical sciences and biology. View the feature on Prigogine at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website and find resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

 

Posted August 18, 2009



  • Visit Energy Citations Database for access to research in many science disciplines

    Energy Citations Database

    Visit Energy Citations Database and get free electronic access to over 2.6 million science research citations and more than 221,000 full-text documents in disciplines such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and computer science. Energy Citations Database includes bibliographic citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents. Citations and documents are made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

 

Posted August 4, 2009



  • ROI of 10,000,000 percent – Would You Invest?

    Science.gov

    Read about the great return taxpayers could reap on their research investment dollars (ROI of 10,000,000% – Would You Invest?), the myth of government IT moving along at a “snail’s pace” (OSTI's Pioneering Technology Efforts), the relationship between prime numbers and today’s search engines (The Importance of Cross-fertilization of Ideas) and much more at the OSTIblog.The OSTIblog was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information.

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  • You can now easily find DOE-owned patents

    Science.gov

    Now when you search at the DOepatents database, you can easily find patents owned exclusively by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This new option is available through the DOepatents Advanced Search page. Just check the box “Limit to DOE-owned” to find patents demonstrating the Department’s contribution to scientific progress in the physical sciences and a wide range of other disciplines. The DOepatents collection includes patents owned exclusively by DOE as well as patents sponsored by DOE through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or similar type of funding mechanism. The collection is growing as historic and recently issued patents are identified and added. Currently, there are more than 24,000 searchable patent records in the collection. DOepatents was developed by OSTI. More information about technology transfer may be found at the DOE Technology Transfer website. Questions about technology transfer at the U.S. Department of Energy may be addressed to DOEtechtransfer@science.doe.gov.

 

Posted July 29, 2009



  • GCN: Science.gov already "meeting and exceeding" new administration's transparency goals

    Science.gov

    Science.gov is among 10 government websites already “meeting and exceeding” the Obama Administration’s transparency goals, according to a special report by Government Computer News, released July 27. Great.Gov Web Sites exit federal site described “10 sites that take government to the next level,” noting that Science.gov “breaks down stovepipes of research.” Joab Jackson, editor, wrote: “Now, with Science.gov, you don't have to worry about which agency published the research. Led by the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), the site offers a one-stop shop for searching U.S. scientific databases. At last count, you could do a single search of 38 data sources — or about 200 million documents.” Following up on the special report, Government Computer News wrote an editorial, Government Web sites worthy of respect exit federal site. According to the editorial, “What’s striking about some of the ‘great government Web sites’ featured in this issue’s special report by Joab Jackson is how quickly Web sites such as Data.gov and Science.gov are bringing vast reserves of government data to users – data that would have been nearly impossible to find even a year ago.” In the days since the report’s publication, it has been listed as the site’s most popular article and the most emailed article.

 

Posted July 21, 2009



  • Adopt-A-Doc to help make more research available online

    Adopt-A-Doc

    Scientists need quick access to important research. But there are many DOE technical reports in need of digitization. In fact, most DOE technical reports from the 1940s to 1991 are still only available in hard copy or microfiche. Now citizens can help make this research available online by adopting documents that are not yet in digital format. For more information, visit the OSTI Adopt-A-Doc web page.

  • OSTI "special collection" highlighted in the Bulletin of IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    The Bulletin of IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries featured the DOE R&D Accomplishments website in its Spring 2009 issue. A Unique Insight into Department of Energy Research Accomplishments: A Special Collection was written by OSTI staff member Mary Schorn, who is product manager of DOE R&D Accomplishments. Landmark documents such as The Eightfold Way: A Theory of Strong Interaction Symmetry and The First Weighing of Plutonium are among approximately 300 specially-selected documents included in the collection. A fact card and poster are available for download with the Bulletin’s feature. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

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Posted July 7, 2009



  • Taming the molecular wildness, understanding chemical bonds: documents, lectures of Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach posted at OSTI



    Dudley Herschbach
    Courtesy of
    Texas A&M University

    Research documents and lectures of Dudley Herschbach, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry exit federal site, are now posted at OSTI’s DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Herschbach helped explain in detail how chemical reactions take place, and solved the problem of how to observe the random directions and velocities of molecules in a gas or a liquid (see Understanding Chemical Reactions at the DOE Office of Science website). Resources with additional information, including downloadable full-text documents, can be found at DOE R&D Accomplishments. You can also browse the database, read about other Nobel Laureates, and link to Enrico Fermi Award Laureates. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

Released June 26, 2009



  • Find and share global research with new tools at WorldWideScience.org



    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    You can now quickly hone your research results list to the documents you need and then share them via social networking sites using the new features at WorldWideScience.org. This free online science gateway to global databases now offers clustering of results by publication and author, as well as by topic and date. This enhancement allows you to quickly narrow a results list from the databases of approximately 60 countries to the research you are seeking.

Posted June 23, 2009



  • Librarians learn ways to quickly share Energy Department, federal agency, and global science info at SLA



    SLA2009

    Librarians were provided opportunities to test drive efficient ways to share DOE, federal agency, and global research information at two SLA Conference booths supported by OSTI June 13-17 in Washington, DC. OSTI exhibited the DOE Science Accelerator, a science information portal that provides single-query search of 10 DOE databases. Also at this booth, OSTI showcased its MARC records capability, which allows records of DOE technical report literature to be downloaded in a format suitable for library catalogues everywhere, expanding access to a variety of scientific research. OSTI also planned and helped staff a Science.gov exhibit in coordination with CENDI, the interagency group of senior information managers. The exhibit provided live demonstrations of the Science.gov search engine as well as WorldWideScience.org, the global science gateway. The search engines are maintained and hosted at OSTI.

 

Posted June 10, 2009



  • WorldWideScience.org: China’s participation expands access to global science



    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    Government officials today formalized the addition of the People’s Republic of China as the most recent member of the WorldWideScience Alliance. The signing ceremony was held in Ottawa, Canada. The addition of the Chinese database, from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China exit federal site, means that WorldWideScience.org, the global science gateway, now searches science and technology research and development results from 80 percent of the world’s population. The multilateral WorldWideScience Alliance was established in June 2008 to govern this rapidly growing online gateway to international scientific research information.

  • OSTI sports new look and improved navigation

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    The OSTI website is sporting a fresh look with improved navigation pathways to our products and services. Direct links to ScienceAccelerator.gov, Science.gov, and WorldWideScience.org are featured, as well as a listing of DOE databases by content type. Our new features, Science Showcase and From the Director, highlight exciting ideas, science information, tools and services. Our Suggested Tags cloud provides ideas on how to tag our website information and offers an easy path to users’ favorite pages. Our interactive features can be found in the Read, Listen and Share box. While we know there will be a learning curve, we hope you find the OSTI website more in tune with the needs of today’s web users. Let us know what you think.



Released June 10, 2009



Posted June 2, 2009



  • Find remarkable advancements in science with one easy search



    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    Now you can use a one-stop search of the DOE R&D Accomplishments database to find, access, and download over 290 searchable documents and bibliographic citations that report accomplishments from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE contractor facilities. Using the new search box at the top center of the website banner, you can also search more than 60 web pages about Nobel Laureates and/or remarkable advances in science, either independently or in conjunction with searching the database. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past, significant DOE R&D activities.



Posted May 19, 2009








Posted May 6, 2009



  • Research from Russia added to WorldWideScience.org


    A database containing approximately 5,000 project summaries of research taking place in Russia and several former Soviet states has been added to WorldWideScience.org, the one-stop gateway to online global science information. The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) exit federal site, established by international agreement in November 1992 as a nonproliferation program, contributed its projects database to WorldWideScience.org. ISTC coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries, providing former weapons scientists from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment. The Parties to ISTC are Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan, Norway and South Korea (funding Parties), as well as Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan (recipient Parties). WorldWideScience.org allows users to search scientific research of approximately 60 countries with one search query. Wikipedia results and EurekAlert! Science News relevant to science queries are available.



  • Korean medical research now at WorldWideScience.org


    KoreaMed exit federal site, a product similar in scope to PubMed in scope, was recently added to WorldWideScience.org, the one-stop gateway to online global science information. KoreaMed provides access to articles published in Korean medical journals of the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE). English titles and abstracts are available, along with full text in Korean and/or English. Coverage goes back to approximately 1997. WorldWideScience.org ensures quick and easy access to the scientific research from national portals globally. Wikipedia results and EurekAlert! Science News relevant to science queries are available.

Posted April 21, 2009



  • Need scientific societies? Explore the E-print Network for more than 3,100 professional societies listed in 11 languages



    E-print Network

    At the E-print Network, users are just one click away from more than 3,100 professional societies in the sciences and engineering, listed in one of 11 languages or language groups. Users may craft a list based on the discipline or disciplines reflecting interests and selected by the languages. E-print Network is a gateway to over 31,797 websites and databases worldwide, containing over 5 million e-prints in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also including subject areas such as chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy. Developed and hosted by OSTI, E-print Network is intended for use by scientists and engineers, as well as students at advanced levels, in support of research initiatives.



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Posted April 7, 2009






Posted March 25, 2009



  • Teachers, students, learn about search engines for science



    ScienceAccelerator.gov, Science.gov, and WorldWideScience.org

    You found it! But what is it? The Big 3 "search engines just for science," showcased at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference, held March 19-22 in New Orleans. Teachers got first hand experience test driving ScienceAccelerator.gov (DOE science collections), Science.gov (U.S. government science information) and WorldWideScience.org (global science information) at the OSTI booth. In addition, OSTI staff gave a presentation for teachers and college students to learn that the search engines offer the wide range of research information relevant to their work.

Posted March 24, 2009



  • Energy 101 – Explorations in Information, upcoming



    Energy 101, Webcast Thursday, March 26th

    Search engines for science will be highlighted in an upcoming webcast from Tulsa City-County Library exit federal site, where OSTI staff will host "Energy 101: Explorations in Information," on Thursday, March 26. In addition to giving tutorials on ScienceAccelerator.gov (DOE science collections),  Science.gov (U.S. government science information) and WorldWideScience.org (global science information), Information Specialist Tim Byrne will explain the DOE Data Explorer, which can be used to find scientific research data such as computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images generated in the course of DOE research. Viewing is limited: those interested in attending the webcast contact Robbie Sittel, rsittel@tulsalibrary.org or 918-596-7946.

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Posted March 17, 2009



  • View, store, slice, dice research data to suit your science program needs, as OSTI continues expanding access



    R&D Project Summaries

    Government and university research programs as well as other organizations that want to store and manipulate DOE project summary data in their own analysis systems can now do so using the R&D Project XML Service (see the R&D Project XML Service Manual at the DOE R&D Project Summaries database Information page). This service allows research programs and others to specify data in their areas of interest and, using a search query, view, store and use in alternate ways – including data mining – summaries of ongoing or recently completed research projects. Projects are conducted by the DOE laboratories and research facilities in a range of disciplines in energy, science, and technology. This service is the newest feed available, as OSTI continues to offer expanded access and tools for re-use of research and development data. Other XML data services from OSTI collections include Conference Information, Geothermal/Geothermal Legacy Data, Hydropower Data, FreedomCAR/FCVT Data, Information Bridge Data, Energy Citations Database Data, and DOepatents Database Data.

  • Finding DOE research documents just got easier



    R&D Project Summaries

    When you search for energy-related documents at the OSTI Information Bridge database, your search results now generate clusters of authors and subjects related to your query. So you get a list of full-text documents to download plus a list of authors doing related work and a list of subjects on related research. These lists are linked, leading to additional full-text documents related to your search query, allowing deeper exploration of your topic. Information Bridge provides free public access to over 200,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format.

Posted February 24, 2009



  • Explore Science: Separated Oscillatory Fields Method and Pioneering Advances by Norman Ramsey



    Norman Ramsey
    Courtesy of
    Fermilab

    You can explore the separated oscillatory fields method and learn about creative investigator Norman Ramsey at OSTI’s DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Ramsey invented the separated oscillatory fields method which provides extremely high resolution in atomic and molecular spectroscopy. It is the practical basis for the most precise atomic clocks, according to the IEEE exit federal site website. Resources with Additional Information are available at DOE R&D Accomplishments, a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that has had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.




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Posted February 11, 2009



  • Defense, NASA and Transportation Research Added to Searchable Summaries



    Federal R&D Project Summaries

    Now you can find research project summaries from the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Transportation Research Board at Federal R&D Project Summaries. From a New York City Park and Ride Study exit federal site to Defense Research Sciences Budget Activity to Transgenic Plant Biomonitors of Space Flight Exposure, the portal helps users find research projects across the federal government and provides access to more than 800,000 research projects complete with full-text single-query searching of databases residing at 9 different agencies and organizations. The site, hosted by OSTI, was recently updated and now offers advanced searching by project content, principal investigator, or title and narrows results quickly by grouping them by subtopic or principal investigator. New content includes recently completed transportation research projects by the Transportation Research Board, NASA-funded research and lists of publications, and Department of Defense research, development, test and evaluation programs and program elements.

  • Now Find U.S. Department of Transportation Information in Science.gov



    Science.gov

    Hundreds of thousands of records and full-text documents from the U. S. Department of Transportation can now be found in Science.gov. This means that when you launch a search at the Science.gov gateway, your single query can find science information from 14 government agencies, including the DOT National Transportation Library (NTL) Integrated Search and more than 30 DOT websites. Major subject areas of highway and transportation engineering, statistics, planning, policies, and research are included in the Science.gov basic search and advanced search options. Science.gov provides search of 200 million pages of science information and research results. A single query searches across 38 databases and portals and more than 1,900 websites. The information is free and no registration is required.



Posted January 27, 2009



  • Get solvents data; Visit the DOE Data Explorer



    DOE Data Explorer

    Learn about solvents while getting quick access to other scientific research data collections residing at national laboratories, data centers, user facilities, colleges and universities, or the websites of professional organizations, consortiums, corporate institutions, or international organizations. Scientific research data includes computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research in various science disciplines. The current featured site is a collection of solvents data from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. View the collection citation or go directly to the data exit federal site. The DOE Data Explorer was developed and is maintained by OSTI. All of the collections are available for free access, although some require password registration.

  • View the documents of DOE scientist Kenneth Kulander via the Energy Citations Database



    Energy Citations Database

    Kenneth Kulander is the recipient of the 2008 Will Allis Prize for the study of ionized Gases. Kulander was leader of the Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. View associated documents from the OSTI Energy Citations Database. Read more about the researcher from the American Physical Society exit federal site. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over 2.3 million science research citations and more than 197,000 electronic documents. Energy Citations Database was developed and is maintained by OSTI.

Posted January 13, 2009



  • ScienceAccelerator.gov Facilitates Science Communication



    Science Accelerator

    Science Accelerator speeds discovery of quality science content via a wide variety of search and retrieval options for customizing your search experience.


    The search engine that helps you find science information from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) key resources provides advanced searching; automatically spell checks your search term(s); allows you to sort and/or email your search results; permits narrowing your search results by searching within a search; offers the capability to export search results into your citation management software; provides links to EurekAlert! Science News and Wikipedia information on your topic(s) of interest; and clusters results by related topics and/or by date in order to more easily target subsequent searches.


    Science Accelerator helps you to find research and development reports; e-prints; science conference proceedings; DOE patents, accomplishments, project descriptions, and software; DOE-associated Nobel Prize Winners; and more.


    Experience searching Science Accelerator by selecting one of the below sample searches and/or by visiting the Science Accelerator.


    Sample searches:
    "solar energy"
    nanotechnology
    "lithium batteries"
    biofuels
    petroleum

    Try your own search:

    Embed the Science Accelerator widget on your website!

 

Posted December 16, 2008



  • From termite guts to laser cooling, find Steven Chu resources at osti.gov



    Steven Chu
    Courtesy
    Lawrence Berkeley
    National Laboratory

    Find scientific documents authored by Steven Chu as well as a compilation of related websites, interviews, speeches and presentations at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. President-elect Barack Obama announced Monday his selection of Dr. Chu, Nobel Prize winner exit federal site and director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to be Energy Secretary.









  • Finding scientific e-prints worldwide just got easier!



    E-print Network

    E-print Network was recently updated to make it easy for researchers to add e-prints to the database, download full-text scholarly and professional works, and find scientific societies. E-print Network provides free access to more than 5 million scientific e-prints from scientific websites and databases worldwide. The ALERTS feature will automatically notify you when new e-print information is available in your specific areas of interest. E-print Network is a rich and vast source for scientific and technical information created by researchers active in their respective fields. The website is aimed for use by scientists, engineers and students at advance levels.

  • Full-text documents now available for Nobel Laureate Yoichiro Nambu



    Dr. Yoichiro Nambu
    Courtesy
    University of Chicago

    Find full-text documents authored by co-winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics, Yoichiro Nambu, at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Nine reports authored by Nambu have been added to the Accomplishments database, including Three-Triplet Model with Double SU(3) Symmetry, a DOE Technical Report from 1965 (included on page 7, the 53rd reference in the "Scientific Background on the Nobel Prize in Physics 2008: Broken Symmetries exit federal site" at the official Nobel Prize exit federal site website). Resources with Additional Information about Nambu are available at the site. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that are widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

  • From the first weighing of plutonium to the first video game, get scientific breakthroughs with latest OSTI Widget


    Search remarkable advances in science, discover the latest featured accomplishments, check out landmark documents right from your own webpage or online profile using the latest U.S. Department of Energy R&D Accomplishments widget. Get the widget and explore scientific breakthroughs that have had remarkable impact on society. From the first weighing of plutonium to the first video game, you can find the Energy Department’s greatest hits at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website.

Posted December 2, 2008



Posted November 18, 2008



  • Got science buffs? Get science widgets … visit OSTI to post, search & share science info

    OSTI Widgets

    Got science buffs on your holiday list? You need science widgets – search tools that can be freely shared through email and embedded on your web page or blog. You can showcase your science interests by posting science widgets to your online profiles. Currently OSTI is offering from its widgets page search tools that quickly retrieve patents, scientific research data collections (such as computer simulations, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, numeric files, and scientific images), full-text technical reports, bibliographic citations, DOE research project descriptions, science conference proceedings and papers, DOE accomplishments and the insights from the OSTI blog. Sharing scientific and technical information is integral to the OSTI mission. We make R&D findings available and usable, so that discovery can advance.

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Posted November 4, 2008



  • Physicist accomplishments featured at OSTI



    Allan M. Cormack
    Credit: American
    PhysicalSociety

    Allan M. Cormack, a high energy physicist at Tufts University, shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine exit federal site for his key work in developing the methods for CAT scanners. At the time of development, these methods were widely regarded as the most significant advance in medical radiography since the 1895 discovery of x-rays. This and other major research accomplishments can be found at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website, a central forum for information about the outcomes of past U.S. Department of Energy R&D. Resource links with additional information are available. The website was developed and is maintained by OSTI. It is a Science Accelerator resource.

 






  • See DOepatents for exciting research from the Energy Department



    DOepatents

    You can read Patent News at the DOepatents website. New research from across the DOE complex is featured, including Making Proton Therapy Compact, garnering researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory an award for excellence in technology transfer by the Federal Laboratory Consortium in 2008. A news archive is provided, as well as a free subscription service for DOepatents RSS. Publicly available patent information from DOE R&D, historic and current, can be searched at DOepatents. More information for inventors can be found at the DOE Technology Transfer website. Questions about technology transfer at DOE may be addressed to DOEtechtransfer@science.doe.gov.

Released October 15, 2008



  • People's Republic of China joins WorldWideScience Alliance



    WorldWideScience

    The People’s Republic of China has joined the WorldWideScience Alliance–the multilateral governance structure for the global science gateway, WorldWideScience.org. WorldWideScience.org is intended to accelerate international scientific progress by serving as a single, sophisticated point of access for diverse scientific resources and expertise from nations around the world. The addition of China is a notable milestone, as it is a major global contributor to scientific knowledge.



Posted October 15, 2008



  • 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics Is Awarded to Researcher Supported by U.S. Department of Energy



    Dr. Yoichiro Nambu
    Courtesy
    University of Chicago

    A researcher supported by the U.S. Department of Energy has been named co-winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded Dr. Yoichiro Nambu of the United States half of the prize "for the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics." Dr. Makoto Kobayashi and Dr. Tohihide Maskawa received a quarter of the 2008 prize "for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three quarks in nature". See OSTI’s Science Showcase on Dr. Nambu and view and download Dr. Nambu’s research from OSTI R&D collections.




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Posted October 7, 2008



  • Join the discussion on important DOE research



    Information Bridge

    Join the discussion! A new social networking feature, Document Discussion, has been added to the DOE Information Bridge to provide a forum for moderated, substantive commentary on important DOE research and development. Users may perform a search at the Information Bridge site and then begin a discussion or add to a discussion about any of the documents in the results list returned. Authors of the documents will be notified so that they may view and contribute to the discussion. The Information Bridge is a core OSTI product featuring approximately 190,000 fully searchable DOE technical reports. Information Bridge serves over 3 million user transactions per month.



  • Find "Hot Docs" at the Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection





    Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection

    Now you can get "Hot Docs" from the Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection. These are documents that have been searched for and downloaded more than any other documents in the collection during the previous month and each preceding month. "Hot Docs" are highlighted for researchers and stakeholders who may find it valuable to learn what is of high interest to others in their field. This enhancement could serve, for instance, to push and expand research knowledge as well as opportunity for partnerships. For more information and a video about "Hot Docs", visit the Legacy Collection's About page. The Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection is sponsored by the Geothermal Technologies Program, DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and has been developed and is maintained by OSTI.



Posted September 30, 2008



  • OSTI, IAEA Collaboration Yields Increase in Web Access to DOE Research



    Information Bridge


    Collaboration is paying dividends for researchers and the American public, as U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research reports previously unavailable on the World Wide Web become digitized and readily accessible. OSTI, through its longstanding participation in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA exit federal site) International Nuclear Information System (INIS exit federal site), has acquired 15,000 electronic DOE technical reports that were previously only available in paper or microfiche. This was part of an initiative recently launched by INIS, with IAEA funding, to digitize legacy holdings from member nations. Prior to the days in which all technical reports were created in electronic media, OSTI, the U.S. member organization to INIS, sent DOE technical reports in microfiche to INIS. Digitizing these documents affords INIS the opportunity to add this important research to the INIS database and provide the electronic files back to the member organizations for use in their own databases. Consequently, OSTI has added these electronic files to the DOE Information Bridge, increasing its size by 9 percent to nearly 190,000 reports. The Information Bridge, a core OSTI product featuring DOE scientific output, performs over 3 million user transactions per month. The OSTI/IAEA-INIS collaboration promises to yield even more digitized reports in the future, helping OSTI take important steps toward meeting the challenge of digitizing its 1 million document repository. Digitized technical reports from other nations are available through the INIS database, hosted in Vienna, Austria.



  • South Africa Joins Energy Technology Information Exchange Agreement



    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE)

    South Africa's Minister of Minerals and Energy officially accepted an invitation to join the International Energy Agency multilateral agreement called the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE). OSTI currently chairs this longstanding agreement and also serves as the managing/operating agent. Established in 1987, ETDE maintains the world’s largest database of energy research, technology, and development information – ETDEWEB. Covering the full range of energy research, technology, and development fields, ETDEWEB has over four million records, representing billions of research dollars, as well as 223,000 full-text documents directly available to users and 805,000 links to full text at sites around the world. Through ETDEWEB, U.S. researchers gain access to over 100,000 new energy R&D records annually. ETDE will now have 16 member countries, plus existing partnerships with other international organizations. The Ministry has designated the South African National Energy Research Institute exit federal site (SANERI) to be the contracting party for ETDE.



Posted September 15, 2008



  • Even More Science Info with Release of Science.gov Version 5.0





    Introducing science.gov 5.0

    Science.gov Version 5.0 was released today with even more science information for your search query. "For those who need reliable science information, and need it now, Science.gov is the search site of choice," said Eleanor Frierson, Deputy Director, National Agricultural Library and co-chair of the Science.gov Alliance. Science.gov 5.0 searches 200 million pages of scientific information and now provides links to related EurekAlert! Science News, and Wikipedia information on your science topics of interest. In addition, Science.gov offers "clustering" of results by subtopics or dates to more easily target searches and provides the capability to easily download search results into personal files or citation software. "Librarians and researchers will appreciate that Science.gov results can now be more easily imported, and the Wikipedia links and Eureka News features will be a bonus for everyone who loves science," said Tom Lahr, Deputy Associate Chief Biologist for Information, U.S. Geological Survey, and co-chair of the Science.gov Alliance.The Alerts and Email Search Results services have been updated.










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Posted September 9, 2008



  • Citations from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Featured at OSTI’s DOE Data Explorer





    DOE Data Explorer

    Now you can find additional citations from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program at the DOE Data Explorer. ARM, a key contributor to national and international research efforts related to global climate change, is a multi-laboratory, interagency program sponsored by the DOE Office of Science and managed by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. The DOE Data Explorer, developed by OSTI, can be used to find collections of scientific research data, such as computer simulations, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, numeric files, and scientific images, from a variety of data centers such as ARM. The additional citations guide users to ARM’s Showcase Data Sets, ARM’s Aerial Vehicles Program, data categorized by specific measurements or instruments, and more.



Posted August 27, 2008

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  • Get Scientific Research Data Using the DOE Data Explorer



    DOE Data Explorer

    Use the DOE Data Explorer to find computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research. The DOE Data Explorer includes a database of citations prepared by OSTI based on the information found at data-hosting websites. The DOE Data Explorer is intended to be particularly useful to students, the public, and to researchers who are new to a field or looking for experimental or observational data outside their normal field of expertise.



  • Find out About the Latest DOE Research Projects





    R&D Project Summaries

    Find summaries of ongoing or recently completed projects conducted by the DOE laboratories and research facilities in a range of R&D disciplines in energy, science, and technology. From the search box you can type in your query and find research the DOE is performing in your science area of interest. This search tool was developed by the OSTI as a means to educate and inform the general public of DOE R&D activities.



Posted August 5, 2008



  • Science.gov Features Food Safety, Classroom Resources, and Immunization Websites





    science.gov


    Science.gov, the go-to portal for government science information, is currently featuring food safety, classroom resources, and immunization websites. Science.gov's featured sites are rotated frequently, but you can access a comprehensive list of previous features by going to the Science.gov website and selecting the Featured Sites Archive link. In addition to scientific websites, Science.gov provides a federated search of deep web databases. Enjoy free access to more than 50 million pages of scientific information. In one query, you can search over 30 databases and more than 1,800 scientific websites from 13 federal government agencies. Sign up for a free Alert Service for weekly email updates about your favorite science topics. Email your favorite search results to friends and colleagues. Science.gov was developed through the interagency Science.gov Alliance and is hosted by OSTI.



Posted July 22, 2008








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Posted July 16, 2008





  • Get & Share Science, Science News, using OSTI Widgets


    You can now get and share widgets from OSTI. You may add OSTI widgets to your home page and quickly share science updates with colleagues and friends. For a rapid search of DOE scientific research, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, select the Science Accelerator widget. To read and comment on OSTI-related science news and information, select the OSTIblog widget.



Posted July 1, 2008



  • Finding DOE R&D just got easier for librarians




    Information Bridge

    OSTI now offers librarians and others, free of charge, the opportunity to download records of DOE research and development (R&D) information in MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloguing) format. By using OSTI’s MARC records download librarians can easily expand access to a variety of scientific research straight from their catalogs. OSTI MARC Records are derived from existing Information Bridge records. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents – including U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) documents dating back to the 1940s – and MARC Records, are added as they become available. Visit OSTI’s Library Tools & Special Services web page.



  • WorldWideScience Alliance Ceremony Podcast Released


    WorldWideScience Alliance Podcast


    OSTI recently released a WorldWideScience Alliance podcast. WorldWideScience.org enables anyone with Internet access to launch a single-query search of scientific databases and portals from countries across the globe, covering six continents and nearly half of the world’s population. Officials gathered on June 12 in Seoul, Korea to formalize their commitment to sustain and build upon the online gateway to science information issued from nations around the world. An Alliance was formed, including founding member Science.gov. Users of WorldWideScience.org can search more than 200 million pages of science and technology information not typically accessible through popular search engines.



Released June 25, 2008



  • DOE SBIR Business of the Year Award Announced


    The 2008 SBIR Small Business of the Year award, announced June 25 by the Department of Energy, acknowledged the web search innovations of Deep Web Technologies exit federal site, Inc., which has made remarkable advances in an unconventional technology, called federated search. Using federated search, OSTI has created and deployed groundbreaking tools for making larger quantities of science and technology information available to more people, more quickly and more easily than ever before possible. DOE announced the award during its 9th Annual Small Business Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes a firm that exemplifies the spirit of the DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, thus strengthening and expanding competitiveness of U.S. small high-technology research and development business in the federal marketplace.



Posted June 17, 2008



  • DOE science insights posted at OSTI




    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    From evidence of why dinosaurs existed to uncovering secrets that power the stars; from bubble chambers to Cooper pairs, OSTI's "Interesting Insights" web page showcases a diversity of accomplishments by DOE-associated researchers. Interesting Insights provides links to web pages that contain more information about these accomplishments as well as bios on the researchers and links to their research institutions. OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments website is a central forum for widely recognized remarkable advances in science.



Released June 13, 2008



  • Science.gov Signs WorldWideScience Alliance Agreement

    Science.gov signed on to membership in the WorldWideScience Alliance, as government officials gathered on June 12 in Seoul, Korea, to establish multilateral governance of the rapidly growing online gateway to the world’s research information.



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Released June 12, 2008



  • Nations commit to WorldWideScience Alliance


    WorldWideScience Alliance agreement signed in Korea

    WorldWideScience.org enables anyone with Internet access to launch a single-query search of 32 national scientific databases and portals from 44 countries, covering six continents and nearly half of the world’s population. Officials from organizations representing 38 countries gathered recently in Seoul, Koreaexit federal site to formalize their commitment to sustain and build upon the online gateway to science information issued from nations around the world. An Alliance was formed, including founding member Science.gov. Users of WorldWideScience.org can search more than 200 million pages of science and technology information not typically accessible through popular search engines.

Posted June 10, 2008



  • DOE Data Explorer


    DOE Data Explorer

    Discover the data behind DOE's scientific publications! Use OSTI's new DOE Data Explorer to find scientific research data – such as computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images – generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research. The DOE Data Explorer is intended to be particularly useful to students, the public, and to researchers who are new to a field or looking for experimental or observational data outside their normal field of expertise.



Posted June 3, 2008



  • Science websites featured at Science.gov


    Science.gov

    In one query, you can search over 30 databases and more than 1,800 scientific websites from 13 federal government agencies at Science.gov. Currently, featured sites include Fuel Economy, Mosquito Control, and National Earthquake Information Center. Science.gov's featured sites are rotated frequently, but you can access a comprehensive list of previous features by going to the Science.gov website and selecting the Featured Sites Archive link at the bottom right of the page. Or you can access all the sites from the Explore Selected Science websites by topic area on the home page. In addition to scientific websites, Science.gov provides a federated search of deep web databases. Enjoy free access to more than 50 million pages of scientific information. Sign up for a free Alert Service for weekly email updates about your favorite science topics, and email your favorite search results to friends and colleagues. Science.gov was developed through the interagency Science.gov Alliance and is hosted by OSTI.



Posted May 20, 2008



  • OSTI posts feature of DOE scientists contributing to 2007 Nobel Peace Prize about Climate Change




    IPCC poster graphic showing the path to to the Nobel Peace Prize
    Credit: NOAA poster,
    Will Von Dauster


    OSTI has posted a Climate Change feature of Department of Energy researchers who contributed to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize exit federal site. Information on these researchers, along with DOE technical reports about climate change and links to additional web pages can be found at DOE R&D Accomplishments. Read about the Human Effects on Global Warming, Climate Change Controversies, Reversing the Trend, Modeling the Earth System, and much more at the Climate Change feature. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.







Posted May 7, 2008



  • Inventor resources available at OSTI’s DOepatents website


    DOepatents

    Inventors interested in working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can find a wealth of resources through OSTI’s DOepatents website. Information on intellectual property and laboratory partnering, small business innovation and technology transfer, DOE inventions and innovation, and much more is available from the Inventors Resources link. Also available are breakthrough and award-winning DOE Innovations from the past two decades along with a searchable database of patents sponsored by DOE through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements. DOepatents is DOE’s central collection of patent information, demonstrating the Department's considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to today. More information for inventors can be found at the DOE Technology Transfer website. Questions about technology transfer at DOE may be addressed to DOEtechtransfer@science.doe.gov.



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Posted April 22, 2008



  • Connect to researchers around the world at OSTI's E-Print Network




    E-Print Network

    You can browse more than 28,500 websites of researchers from around the world, read their abstracts, download their papers, and explore their research institutions, all at OSTI's E-print Network. This rapidly growing service is free and open to the public. Simply go to the browse by disciplines page, and select from an array of scientific pathways, such as Computer Technologies and Information Services, Engineering, Fossil Fuels, Materials Science, Plasma Physics and Fusion, and follow the links. At E-print Network you can use the search page to find full-text documents from scientific websites and databases, with over 5 million documents available. In addition, there are more than 3,000 scientific societies, sorted by language and discipline. Sign up for Alerts to be automatically notified when new e-print information is available in your specific areas of interest.

Posted April 1, 2008



  • Explore Science from around the World at WorldWideScience.org




    WorldWideScience.org

    Science from Finland, Sweden and Korea can now be found at WorldWideScience.org, the global gateway to science. This brings the total to 32 sources from 44 countries that can be searched. The new sources include the VTT Publications Register exit federal site and VTT Research Register exit federal site (from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), the Directory of Open Access Journals exit federal site (managed by Lunds University in Sweden), and KoreaScience exit federal site (from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information). Visit WorldWideScience.org and click on the interactive map to view science sources from every inhabited continent.



  • Now You Can Find Scientific Software at the DOE Science Accelerator




    DOE Science Accelerator

    The centralized software center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been added to the DOE Science Accelerator search capability. This means that in addition to current and legacy research findings, patents, accomplishments and project descriptions, users of the Science Accelerator can now find federally funded scientific and technical software developed by DOE national laboratories, other facilities and DOE contractors. This software, licensed and distributed by the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC), represents the latest in DOE technology and contains selected scientific and technical software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The DOE Science Accelerator is a gateway to key DOE databases and resources.



  • From Patent to Product: Quantum Dots Research
    New technology featured at Patent News





    A. Paul Alivisatos
    A. Paul Alivisatos, LBNL
    Photo Credit:
    Lawrence Berkeley
    National Laboratory

    Nanotechnology licensed from the laboratory of Paul Alivisatos at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has resulted in five new products. Nanometer-sized quantum dots are used as the light-emitting component in fluorescent probes in biological imaging. Due to the unique light-emitting properties of the inorganic quantum dots, their performance is superior to that of existing materials, which rely primarily on organic dye molecules, according to LBNL. This invention is also listed as a Top invention of the last 20 decades at the DOE Innovations page. You can read about related patents at OSTI’s DOepatents, a searchable database of patent information resulting from DOE research.



Posted March 18, 2008



  • African American Inventors, Nutrition, Much More Featured at Science.gov




    Science.gov 5th Anniversary

    In one query, you can search over 30 databases and more than 1,800 scientific websites from 13 federal government agencies at Science.gov. Currently featured sites include African Americans in Science and Technology, Smart Nutrition, Poison Prevention, Animal Cloning. Science.gov's featured sites are rotated frequently, but you can access a comprehensive list of previous features by going to the Science.gov website and selecting the Featured Websites Archive link at the bottom right of the page. You can access all the sites from the Explore Selected Science websites by topic area on the home page. In addition to scientific websites, Science.gov provides a federated search of deep web databases. Enjoy free access to more than 50 million pages of scientific information. Sign up for a free Alert Service for weekly email updates about your favorite science topics. Science.gov was developed through the interagency Science.gov Alliance and is hosted by OSTI.



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Posted March 4, 2008



  • PET Scan research highlighted at OSTI website




    Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
    Courtesy Lawrence Berkeley
    National Laboratory

    Many mysteries of the human brain have been solved through positron emission tomography (PET), an imaging tool now used around the globe to diagnose disease and perform scientific studies. Born of DOE “hot atom” chemical research, PET has facilitated significant strides in investigations of drug addiction, aging, mental illness, and neurogenic disorders. To find out more, see OSTI’s DOE R&D Accomplishments website, where you can find technical reports on PET, the PET Scanner, and radiotracers, as well as links to resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a DOE Science Accelerator resource.



Posted February 26, 2008



  • Oxygen’s promise for groundwater cleanup a step closer with SRNL research




    Dr. Brian Looney
    Dr. Brian Looney, Senior
    Advisory Engineer, SRNL

    Savannah River National Laboratory researchers Brian Looney and Miles Denham have patented an invention for allowing permeation of a subsurface area with the right quantity of oxygen for effective groundwater remediation. Oxygen has long held promise as a means of remediating a variety of contaminants from groundwater, but effectively applying it underground has been problematic, according to information from the lab. Read more about this patent, and others at DOepatents, a searchable database of patent information resulting from DOE-sponsored research and development. Browse DOE innovations and find inventor resources at this website. DOepatents was developed and is maintained by OSTI, and is a resource of the DOE Science Accelerator.

Posted February 13, 2008



  • Approximately 10,000 legacy DOE R&D documents added to Information Bridge searchable database


    Information BridgeOSTI recently completed a digitization load of legacy technical reports issued during 1991 to 1994. This process added approximately 10,000 documents to the Information Bridge database, bringing the total (1991 to present) to more than 165,000 fully searchable full-text documents. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics. Information Bridge was developed and is maintained by OSTI, and is a resource of the DOE Science Accelerator.

Posted February 12, 2008



  • Science.gov to be highlighted at AAAS


    Science.gov Science.gov, the go-to portal for U.S. federal government science information, will be highlighted at the 2008 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting exit federal site, February 14-18 in Boston. Commemorating its 5th Anniversary, Science.gov provides one-query searching of authoritative government research and retrieves real-time, relevant results. Users can refine their search queries, set up alert services, and email search results to friends and colleagues. Science.gov (see fact sheet) provides searching of more than 50 million pages of U.S. government science, and is the U.S. contribution to WorldWideScience.org. OSTI hosts Science.gov, which will be displayed in Booth 904 in the AAAS Exhibit Hall.

  • Refine your search at ScienceAccelerator.gov


    ScienceAccelerator.govNow you can use a “refine search” feature at the DOE Science Accelerator (see flyer) to get the DOE R&D you need. Just type your search query (for example, “nano”) into the search box and select “enter”. Once results are retrieved, you may refine your search using another term (for example, “tube”) in a second input box, which narrows your results. The DOE Science Accelerator provides one-stop searching of key Energy Department and federal scientific resources developed and maintained by OSTI. Users can search and retrieve current research results and ongoing project descriptions, as well as legacy research findings and accomplishments. Included are full-text technical reports, patents, energy-related citations, conference papers and proceedings and scientific e-prints. DOE will continue to develop this resource as other science and technology resources are added.

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Released January 29, 2008



  • India Added to WorldWideScience.org


    WorldWideScience.org, the online gateway that makes the world’s science readily available to researchers and citizens alike, recently added four important science sources from India to its global reach. (see press release).

Posted January 22, 2008



  • Over 5 million scientific e-prints at E-print network


    E-Print Network Now you can access more than 5 million e-prints at OSTI’s E-print Network. The rapidly growing gateway to over 27,850 scientific websites and databases worldwide allows free one-stop searching of scientific and technical information created by scientists and research engineers active in their respective fields. E-prints are available in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also including subject areas such as chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to DOE. In addition to e-prints, you can browse by discipline and/or language more than 3,000 scientific societies. Weekly email alerts are available through a free subscription service.

Posted January 8, 2008



  • India Added to WorldWideScience.org


    WorldWideScience.org Four important science information sources from India have been added to WorldWideScience.org. The Indian Academy of Sciences exit federal site, the Indian Institute of Science Eprints exit federal site, the Indian Institute of Science Theses & Dissertations exit federal site and the Indian Medlars Centre exit federal site are now available through the global science gateway, making a total of 28 sources from 18 countries searchable via a single query. The addition of India effectively doubled the percentage of the world's population represented in the searches of WorldWideScience.org. The goal of the gateway is to make the world’s science readily available to researchers and citizens. WorldWideScience.org is maintained by OSTI, which makes R&D findings available and useful to advance discovery.

  • Edward Teller, Still Shaking Up Science Today



    From “Sound Waves to Stars”, the work of Edward Teller, an icon of 20th Century Physics, still resonates today. Teller, co-founder and Director Emeritus of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was at the forefront of the some of the 20th Century’s most dramatic and history-making events (see press release exit federal site), and his impact is still felt in such diverse fields as nuclear physics, plasma physics, astrophysics, and statistical mechanics. In conjunction with the centennial of Teller's birth on January 15, OSTI has posted at its DOE R&D Accomplishments website highlights of his outstanding career.






  • Climate Change Documents Added to Database


    In conjunction with the centennial of Edward Teller's birth on January 15, OSTI has posted a document section addressing climate change and global warming. Users can download from DOE R&D Accomplishments the full text of documents co-authored by Teller, such as “Global Warming and Ice Ages: I. Prospects For Physics Based Modulation of Global Change”; “Long-range Weather Prediction and Prevention of Climate Catastrophes: A Status Report”; “Long Range Weather Prediction III: Miniaturized Distributed Sensors for Global Atmospheric Measurements”; “Toward Robust Climate Baselining: Objective Assessment of Climate Change Using Widely Distributed Miniaturized Sensors for Accurate World-Wide Geophysical Measurements”; and “Active Climate Stabilization: Practical Physics-Based Approaches to Prevention of Climate Change.”

 

Posted December 18, 2007

Released December 5, 2007

  • Science.gov Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    The science gateway that makes science information more accessible and useful to researchers, teachers, and learners wherever they are located commemorated its 5th Anniversary today (see press release).

Posted December 4, 2007

  • One step closer to vaccine for Lyme disease

    Brookhaven biologist John DunnScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Stony Brook University exit federal site have received a patent for developing chimeric, or "combination," proteins that may advance the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S., and is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. "This [research] could lead to a vaccine that is effective at different stages of the organism's life cycle," said Brookhaven biologist John Dunn, a researcher on the BNL Lyme disease team. Read about this and other patents supported through DOE at DOepatents, a central collection of the Department’s patent information from the 1940s to today.

Posted November 20, 2007

  • Search 1.1 million scientific e-prints at OSTI’s E-print Network

    E-print Network The network created by scientists for scientists continues to grow. E-print Network provides electronic access to more than 27,000 Web sites and databases worldwide containing 1.1 million e-prints in basic and applied sciences. E-prints are scientific or technical documents circulated electronically to facilitate peer exchange and scientific advancement. Included are pre-publication drafts of journal articles (preprints), scholarly papers, technical communications, or similar documents relaying research results among peer groups. E-print Network, developed and maintained by OSTI, is intended for use by scientists, engineers, and students at advanced levels.

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Posted November 6, 2007

  • WorldWideScience.org adds five countries

    The global science gateway, WorldWideScience.org, continues to grow as five more countries have contributed databases. WorldWideScience.org is a one-stop search of science centers across every inhabited continent. The goal of the gateway is to make the world’s science readily available to researchers and citizens. Recently, databases from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Portugal, and Spain were added to the WorldWideScience.org gateway through the Science Electronic Library Online exit federal site. Visit WorldWideScience.org today, where you can now search science information from 24 sources of 17 countries. WorldWideScience.org was developed and is maintained by OSTI, which makes R&D findings available and useful to advance discovery.

  • DNA given a “voice”; award-winning research featured at OSTI

    Nobel Laureate research that helps read the instructions of life is now featured at OSTI. Roger D. Kornberg of Stanford University won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies in transcribing DNA, the storehouse of molecular information. Dr. Kornberg noted in a PBS exit federal site interview, “…the DNA by itself contains nothing more than information. The DNA alone is silent. The machinery that we have investigated for the past several decades gives the DNA information voice.” A significant portion of Dr. Kornberg's research leading to this prize was performed at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory exit federal site (SSRL), a Department of Energy (DOE)-supported research facility located at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) exit federal site. Related research documents and Web sites are featured at OSTI’s DOE R&D Accomplishments. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D.

Posted October 23, 2007

  • Research & patents generated by Nobel Laureate discovery highlighted at OSTI

    A discovery in 1988 has yielded not only the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics exit federal site, but a birthing of subsequent DOE research and patents now featured at OSTI. GMR, or Giant Magnetoresistance, is considered an early application in the growing field of nanotechnology. In 1988, Dr. Peter Grünberg of Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and Dr. Albert Fert of Université Paris-Sud in France each independently discovered GMR, a physical effect in which very weak changes in magnetism generate larger changes in electrical resistance (see Office of Science press release). Dr. Grünberg's research was based in part on his work at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory. Since the GMR discovery, DOE has contributed many research papers on the topic that can be viewed at OSTI’s Science Showcase. For a more complete list of GMR research documents, visit OSTI’s Information Bridge; for citations visit OSTI’s Energy Citations Database; and for patent records visit DOepatents.

  • Tiny grid plays big role in saving lives

    Thin-film Barrier Encapsulation TechnologyAccording to Argonne National Laboratory, “a grid as little as three millimeters tall could save lives by helping X-rays and radiotracers provide clearer diagnostic images of the human body.” The award-winning discovery is the Patent News feature at OSTI’s DOepatents site. DOepatents is a central, searchable collection of more than 20,000 historic and current patent records. Recent Inventions and Inventor Resources are available, as well as breakthrough DOE Innovations.



Posted October 9, 2007

  • Meet 'Otisco' – a Shrub Bred for Speed

    Meet Otisco, a fast-growing shrub willow that is resistant to disease and pests, hardy on a variety of sites, and can be harvested at a rapid rate for high yields of biomass – perfect for a sustainable, renewable source of energy. This novel hybridization of Salix viminalis with Salix miyabeana exit federal site [319-KB PDF] was patented in September, and is on the recent inventions list at the DOepatents Database. DOepatents, developed and maintained by OSTI, is the U.S. Department of Energy's central collection of searchable patent information. The database makes available more than 20,000 historic and current patent records.

  • Wolfgang Panofsky Dead at 88, Bibliography Featured at Energy Citations Database

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky

    Wolfgang K. H. "Pief", Panofsky exit federal site, a renowned particle physics researcher, accelerator builder, outspoken arms control advocate, and administrator of basic research, died September 25, 2007. Dr. Panofsky was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969 and the U.S. Department of Energy's Enrico Fermi Award in 1979. A featured bibliography of Dr. Panofsky is available at OSTI's Energy Citations Database. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over two million science research citations from 1948 through the present.

     

  • Seaborg Award Winner's Documents Featured

    Saed Mirzadeh

    Saed Mirzadeh, whose work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led to development of new treatments for cancer and other diseases, is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society's exit federal site 2007 Seaborg Medal Award exit federal site. A selection of Dr. Mirzadeh's documents are featured at OSTI's Information Bridge. Information Bridge provides free access to full-text documents and citations of DOE's research report literature.

     

     

     

     

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Posted September 25, 2007

  • OSTI 60th Anniversary Commemorated

    Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science

    On September 18, 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) commemorated its 60-year contribution to accelerating scientific discovery through the preservation and sharing of DOE R&D results. Historical exhibits and a program for retirees, former and current employees, and business and community leaders were held at the OSTI facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science; Dr. Eugene Garfield exit federal site, Chairman Emeritus of Thomson Scientific; and Dr. Walter Warnick, OSTI Director, were speakers. U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp delivered pre-recorded video comments. During the event, the launch of DOePatents, a new Web site developed by OSTI, was announced. That evening OSTI co-hosted with Friends of Oak Ridge National Library a free community lecture by Dr. Garfield exit federal site, a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, at the American Museum of Science and Energy exit federal site. As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places & Spaces Mapping Science exhibit exit federal site currently at the museum.

  • OSTI Develops New Online Search Tool for Patents

    DOepatents

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new Web site, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.“From helping the blind to see again to identifying hidden weapons through holographic computerized imaging technology, DOE has supported and will continue to support research addressing some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges,” Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach said. “Content within DOepatents represents a truly impressive demonstration of DOE research and development and technological innovation.” The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from R&D supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present.

  • OSTI Showcases DOE Research Taking Aim at Cancer

    DOE research has made many contributions over the years to radiation and cancer therapy, including PEREGRINE and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). OSTI’s DOE Accomplishments Web site recently featured these revolutionary tools. Also included at the site are more resources and additional information on this topic. DOE Accomplishments is a central forum for information about remarkable advances in science through past DOE R&D.

Released September 18, 2007


  • DOE Launches New Online Search Tool for Patents, 1940s to Present

    DOE today announced the launch of a website, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.  The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from R&D supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present (see press release).



Posted September 11, 2007

  • OSTI Joins Places & Spaces Exhibit at American Museum of Science and Energy

    Researchers in Select Topics of Astrophysics

    As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places & Spaces Mapping Science exhibit exit federal site currently at the American Museum of Science and Energy exit federal site. OSTI's Identifying a Dream Research Team: An Astrophysical Example will be on display from Sept. 7 to January 7. The illustrations in OSTI's display are based on a key DOE database, Information Bridge. Information Bridge is a DOE Science Accelerator resource.

  • Eugene Garfield to Lecture at OSTI and American Museum of Science and Energy

    Dr. Eugene Garfield

    The public is invited to share in OSTI's 60th Anniversary celebration at a free community lecture and reception held at 7 pm at the American Museum of Science and Energy exit federal site. Dr. Eugene Garfield exit federal site, a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, will present "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – tracing the impacts of information retrieval systems on science policy." Garfield is founding publisher/editor of The Scientist, author of over 1,000 articles and books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.




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Released August 27, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing

    It was just over 60 years ago that General Leslie Groves, commanding the Manhattan Engineer District in Oak Ridge, TN, mandated that all classified and unclassified information related to the Atomic Bomb be brought together into one central file. Thus, in 1947, the precursor to the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was born. On Sept. 18, OSTI, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, will commemorate its 60th Anniversary (see press release).

Posted August 21, 2007

  • Science Accelerator Searches Key Energy Department Databases

    Science Accelerator

    The DOE Science Accelerator provides one-stop searching of key Energy Department and federal scientific databases developed and maintained by the OSTI. Users can search and retrieve current research results and ongoing project descriptions, as well as legacy research findings and accomplishments. Included are full-text technical reports, energy-related citations, conference papers and proceedings and scientific e-prints (see resource descriptions). The DOE Science Accelerator demonstrates capabilities that will eventually yield the technology to search at least 1,000 scientific databases in parallel. DOE will continue to develop this resource as other science and technology resources are added.

  • WorldWideScience.org Extends Global Reach to Africa

    WorldWideScience.org

    WorldWideScience.org now provides access to scientific knowledge from all six inhabited continents. The most recent addition is the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research exit federal site. OSTI manages and hosts WorldWideScience.org, a global science gateway using federated search for one-stop access to international science sources. The newest addition, CSIR, is an institutional repository containing articles, reports, and papers authored by CSIR researchers. CSIR contacted OSTI, seeking to have its collection made searchable by WorldWideScience.org. Just prior to the overture from South Africa, OSTI was contacted by the National Library of New Zealand, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 exit federal site, seeking to have its nearly century-old collection of scientific literature added to WorldWideScience.org. This source has now been added as well. Brian Hitson, associate director of OSTI, said: “Clearly, the accelerated knowledge diffusion benefits of WorldWideScience.org are resonating across the globe, as more and more source managers express a desire to be searched by this gateway. The benefits are mutual: Each source enjoys more usage and visibility, and the users of WorldWideScience.org gain access to a multitude of sources not accessible through any other single search engine."

  • DOE R&D Accomplishments Database Enhanced

    DOE R&D Accomplishments

    OSTI recently enhanced the DOE R&D Accomplishments database search and retrieval features. Users now have the benefit of sorting results, limiting their search to just full text and honing their search terms for a targeted search. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D activities that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. An R&D accomplishment is the outcome of past research whose benefits are being realized now. Visit DOE R&D Accomplishments to read about Nobel Prize winners, and be sure and visit the R&D Nuggets page for wide-ranging, interesting scientific insights and/or links to educational resources and materials.

  • Energy Department National Labs highlighted at OSTI’s DOE R&D Accomplishments

    Now you can read about the history and achievements of DOE's National Laboratories and Other Major Laboratories and Facilities from one central Web portal. OSTI recently added this series of Web pages to the Nuggets area of its DOE R&D Accomplishments site. Visit both the National Laboratory section and the Other Major Laboratory and Facilities section to find these valuable resources. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D activities that are widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

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Posted August 7, 2007

  • Fusion Advocate Featured at OSTI

    A featured bibliography of Dr. Michael Roberts, a major player in the fusion community for over 40 years, is now available at OSTI's Energy Citations Database. Dr. Roberts was instrumental in ensuring President Reagan and President Gorbachev discussed the ITER burning plasma experiment during their 1985 Geneva Summit. According to a DOE Office of Science news release, "His vision and constant willingness to press ahead has culminated in the agreement to build ITER with seven international partners." Roberts was honored by President Bush with the 2006 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Roberts was Director of the ITER and International Division in the Fusion Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science.

  • Muon-Neutrino Research Turned into a Nobel-Prize Winning Accomplishment

    Jack Steinberger and Brookhaven National Laboratory colleagues won the 1988 Nobel Prize exit federal site for the 1962 discovery of the Muon-Neutrino. The work showed that particles are associated in particular ways, and that there are different neutrino families. Steinberger's work and documents are featured at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. DOE R&D Accomplishments highlights outcomes of past research and development that has had significant economic impact, improved people's lives, or been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. Links to additional Web sites and documents are available.

Posted July 24, 2007

  • OSTI Works to Increase Visibility of All DOE Scientific Research Data

    OSTI has added a new section to its Web site. This section highlights the DOE Data Centers, where much of the Energy Department's non-text data resides. DOE generates scientific research data in many forms, both text and non-text.  While OSTI's databases make the Department's text-based information easily available (see the DOE Science Accelerator Advanced Search Page), researchers also want access to the original, underlying numeric data sets, scientific images, tables and graphs, or computer models and simulations. Information about OSTI's data-focused forums and activities and links to publications on scientific data issues are also available.

Posted July 10, 2007

  • Life's Little Extremists Highlighted at OSTI

    Electron micrograph and genetic map of Methanococcus jannaschiiIdentified as the third kingdom of living organisms, Archaea (from the Greek word for "ancient"), thrive where other life forms fail. These tiny microbes live in extreme environs like volcanic vents, acidic hot springs, and hypersaline waters. They can survive without sunlight while feeding on materials their fellow organisms cannot metabolize. In 1996, a study funded by the Office of Science's Microbial Genome Initiative mapped the entire genome sequence of  Methanococcus jannaschii, a microbe from boiling vents deep in the Pacific Ocean, and confirmed its place in the "third branch of life" (see Verifying the "Third Branch of Life"). Archaea are highlighted at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments, a central Web forum for information about the outcomes of past Energy Department research. A list of related documents is available.



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Posted June 28, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Opened

    DOE and the British Library, along with eight other participating countries, recently opened an online global gateway to science information from 15 national portals. The gateway, WorldWideScience.org, was developed and is maintained by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. It gives citizens, researchers, and anyone interested in science the capability to search science portals not easily accessible through popular search technology such as that deployed by Google, Yahoo!, and many other commercial search engines.


    "Scientific research results are archived globally in a plethora of sources, many unknown and unreachable through usual search engines," Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science, said. "This international partnership will open up this vast reservoir of knowledge in a rapid and convenient manner, something that will add great value to our existing knowledge." Please see the DOE press release: Global Science Gateway Now Open and listen to the WorldWideScience.org podcast.



Posted June 19, 2007

  • Find Current DOE Research Projects at OSTI Web Site

    OSTI's DOE R&D Project Summaries searchable database now has over 35,000 files available for public access. The database provides access to summaries of ongoing or recently completed projects performed by DOE laboratories and research facilities. These projects pertain to a variety of research and development (R&D) disciplines, such as science, fossil energy, environmental management, and energy efficiency and renewable energy. Developed by OSTI as a means for DOE to educate and inform the general public of its R&D activities, the database includes projects the Department sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.



Released June 5, 2007

  • OSTI Helps Citizens Find DOE Legacy Research

    A free online tool for search and retrieval of legacy research sponsored by and/or related to DOE has been enhanced. Now, citizens and researchers can retrieve science information from 1948 to the present using an “alerts” service, a “refine search” tool, new fielded search options, navigation enhancements, and featured highlights. Developed with the science-attentive citizen in mind, ECD (or Energy Citations Database) includes bibliographic citations of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science, and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Posted June 5, 2007

  • DOE Gray Literature Now Registered with CrossRef

    Through a partnership with CrossRef exit federal site, a robust citation linking service, OSTI has completed registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to more than 86,000 research reports from Information Bridge. (Please see CrossRef press release exit federal site.) DOE is the first federal government agency to have its technical reports registered with CrossRef. A DOI provides a way to track, exchange, and manage content over time in the digital universe, regardless of changing information related to that content. This facilitates electronic access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking. Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI, commented, “Coupling the vast resources available on OSTI's Information Bridge with the capabilities of CrossRef speeds access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking.”

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Posted May 15, 2007

  • “Adventurer Physicist” Highlighted at OSTI

    Considered an 'adventurer physicist' (see ScienceMatters@Berkeley exit federal site), Luis W. Alvarez searched for hidden chambers in an Egyptian pyramid, analyzed the film documenting John F. Kennedy's assassination, and flew in the plane that trailed the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along the way, Alvarez developed the proton linear accelerator and won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to elementary particle physics. OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site showcases Alvarez documents and resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE research and development that have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.



Posted May 2, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing, 1947–2007

    OSTI Sixty Years of Knowledge Sharing 1947-2007Throughout its 60-year history, OSTI has been committed to ensuring U.S. citizens have appropriate access to their government’s research results. In 1958, OSTI shipped 25 tons of materials to the Geneva Conference; in 2007, projections are for 80 million Web transactions through OSTI databases. Read about OSTI’s early days, download printable historical posters, and listen to the 60th Anniversary podcast at OSTI’s 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing Web site. While there, be sure and link to OSTI’s suite of Web products to search for and find scientific research results. To advance science, research must be shared. OSTI works to accelerate the sharing of knowledge to speed discovery.

  • Get Science—Access E-print Network for Current Research Documents, Researchers' Web Sites, and Scientific Societies

    E-print Network

    Gain access to more than 1 million e-print science documents, over 25,000 Web sites, and links to more than 2,900 scientific societies at OSTI's E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network. By linking to publicly accessible sites around the world, the E-print Network makes available a search of information in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Scientific Web sites are organized by scientific disciplines and an Alert Service is available.

  • Science.gov Selected to Library Journal’s 2006 Best Web References List

    Science.gov 4.0According to Library Journal, Science.gov “is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research.” Each year Library Journal exit federal siteselects best Web references exit federal site for its patrons: library directors, managers, and others in public, academic, and corporate/institutional libraries. Science.gov, a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, provides a search of deep Web databases and more than 50 million pages of scientific information. It serves as a gateway to more than 1,800 scientific Web sites. Science.gov is hosted by OSTI. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted April 18, 2007

  • Snapshots of Science: Thwarting Smugglers, South Pole Communications, and More at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments

    Read about portable detection systems aimed at thwarting smugglers (Eddies and Echoes to Thwart Smugglers) and the first multicast video and audio link from the U.S. to the South Pole (To the South Pole on M:Bone: First Live Multicast Connection) at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Snapshots page. Snapshots are quick pictures, introductions, overviews, or synopses of DOE Accomplishments in science. DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed technology to quickly and accurately detect everything from the contents of a can of soda to strategic metals used to make nuclear weapons. The first multicast to the South Pole was made between DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and scientists at the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. An R&D accomplishment is the outcome of past research whose benefits are being realized now. See the Snapshots page for a quick look at how DOE research impacts lives through science.



Posted April 4, 2007

  • Called a “molecular machine,” ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, helps churn energy for all living creatures. In fact, a hard-working human can convert almost a ton of ATP daily. Research examining ATP synthase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing ATP, netted Paul D. Boyer a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. At OSTI's Information Bridge, you can read related research on ATP, by either performing a search or by viewing the ATP featured documents list. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE's mission.

  • Top Quark Research Featured at OSTI

    The top quark is unique among the six predicted quarks because of its large mass. That's one reason scientists persist in their enthusiastic study of this fundamental particle of nature.

    “If we can measure its properties precisely, we're likely to gain insight into completely new physics,” Fermilab theorist Tim Tait states in “Why We Care About the Top Quark:  CDF Explains”. This and other top quark articles, Web sites and research documents are featured at the OSTI Web resource DOE R&D Accomplishments. What was the research environment one year prior to the remarkable discovery of the top quark? Find out in the 1994 DOE Report, “The Top Quark – Is it There?” Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the discovery of the top quark in 1995 and continue to carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

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Posted March 20, 2007

  • DOE Center Provides the Latest in Federal Science Software Packages

    You can search and order the latest in federal science software packages from the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC), hosted by OSTI. The ESTSC is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) centralized software management facility. The collection contains software developed by the national labs, other facilities and DOE contractors; as well as selected scientific and technical software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) exit federal site of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Software packages in the collection can be used for many different applications and are designed to run on personal computers, workstations, mainframes, and super computers. At the ESTSC Web site you can search the collection, get ordering information, view the most requested packages, see what's new in software, and contact technical support. ESTSC will begin to process an order for scientific and technical software the day it is received if the payment and signed site license agreement forms are in order. Normally orders are processed within three to five days.

  • Visit ScienceLab and Get Quick Access to Educational Resources at DOE National Labs

    Where can you read about artic wolves, coral reefs, energy hog and secrets of the sea; as well as perform virtual frog dissections and take particle adventures? At ScienceLab, OSTI's online source for science stuff. Get homework help, find fun experiments, discover science fair ideas and mine a wealth of classroom resources at this Web site designed to help students, teachers and parents find the science information they need. ScienceLab is sectioned by grade level, with an Elementary Lab, a Middle School Lab, and a High School Lab available. A Teachers' Lab with lesson plans is offered. Find information on internships, science art and music, science careers and more. Links are provided to DOE National Laboratory educational resources.



Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Initiative with Google Cited

    OSTI is one of three federal government Web sites to make their content accessible for commercial search engines, according to a February 21, 2007 Government Executive article, “ Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites.” OSTI took the initiative to pioneer government information exposure to commercial search engines supporting the Sitemap Protocol, and since that time Google has used the OSTI example to demonstrate its Sitemap Protocol. OSTI submitted the Google sitemap for its home page in April 2006. In addition, Google founder Larry Page spoke to scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science exit federal site Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February, and stressed the importance of access to scientific information, saying, “We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone.” Currently, about half of OSTI's Web traffic (close to 80-million information transactions per year) stems from referrals from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. OSTI currently supplies the highest volume of data of federal Web sites via this new Sitemap Protocol. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Participates in Workshop to Promote Multilateral Exchange of Energy Research Information

    Through its involvement with the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), OSTI participated in the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 20–22 (view press release exit federal site and presentations/outcomes exit federal site). The purpose of the workshop was to explore mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities between South Africa and the IEA's energy technology network (including ETDE). ETDE was formed in 1987 under the IEA. Currently, more than 15 countries share their energy research and technology information through the Web version of ETDE's Energy Database, ETDEWEB. The ETDE agreement is managed by OSTI in its role as Operating Agent. The information collection, which totals more than 3.8-million items, is made available to U.S. researchers by OSTI. OSTI is the U.S. member of ETDE.



Posted March 6, 2007

  • Listen to OSTI Podcasts, Recently Updated

    Tune in to news on OSTI's E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, and on OSTI's Solar Energy feature at the DOE R&D Accomplishments site. OSTI podcasts allow users to download OSTI news to a portable digital audio player, enabling you to listen to OSTI news whenever you like.

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Posted March 6, 2007

  • Paul Boyer, 1997 Nobel Prize Winner, Featured at OSTI

    He proposed a theory that was greeted with disbelief, and eventually he closed his lab thinking his career was over. Nine years later, in 1997, Paul Boyer held the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the process by which molecules produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Read more on Paul Boyer at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. In addition, view a sampling of Boyer's documents and related research and access additional related Web sites about Boyer's work. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.



Released February 16, 2007

  • Science.gov 4.0 Launched

    Science.gov launched Version 4.0 in San Francisco on Friday, February 16, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting exit federal site. This latest version deploys DeepRank, which allows search and relevancy ranking across full text of documents when full text is available. In addition, Science.gov 4.0 adds a "refine results" option to narrow returns within a search, as well as an "e-mail results" feature so that individuals may e-mail important science information to themselves, friends and family, or colleagues. Version 4.0 offers more ways to view search results: by title, author or date, as well as by relevancy rank or source, as in earlier versions. OSTI hosts Science.gov, the interagency portal to federal scientific databases and Web sites. [

    Download fact sheet (239-KB PDF).]



Posted February 6, 2007

  • OSTI to Participate in Nano Workshop in Oak Ridge

    OSTI will participate in the Informatics Needs for Nanomaterials Workshop being held February 8-9, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The workshop is hosted by Informatics Research Library in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is the first of a series of workshops to address the informatics needs in nanotechnology. OSTI Director Walt Warnick will give a presentation, “Speeding Up Nano Progress Using Information Diffusion.” Participants include researchers from universities, federal facilities and industry, and leaders in the field of nanotechnology, including representatives of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted January 23, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Agreement Signed in London

    A Statement of Intent (215-KB PDF) to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway was signed Sunday, January 21, by Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library exit federal site.

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach (right) and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, the British Library, signed a statement of intent to partner in the development of a global science gateway
    Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library sign a Statement of Intent to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway.

    The gateway would eventually make science information resources of many nations accessible via a single Internet portal. The signing ceremony was held at the British Library in London, England, in conjunction with the Winter Meeting of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) exit federal site. Invitations to other nations to join the partnership were extended. OSTI is the Energy Department's representative to ICSTI. OSTI will take the lead in developing a Science.world prototype by the end of 2007. The U.S. science gateway, Science.gov, is anticipated as the first U.S. contribution to Science.world. OSTI hosts and has operated Science.gov since its inception in 2002. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted January 23, 2007

  • Close to 1 Million Documents Now at OSTI's E-print Network

    E-print Network OSTI's E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, now boasts full-text access to approximately 1 million e-print documents. By linking to publicly accessible sites around the world, the E-print Network makes available a search of information in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the Department of Energy. Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Also available: Access to more than 22,000 scientific Web sites organized by scientific disciplines; an Alert Service; and more than 2,900 links to relevant scientific societies.



Posted January 9, 2007

  • OSTI Sends Solar Energy Info to Public

    The sun's heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in many ways. You can read more and find a wide range of solar energy information through OSTI's Solar Energy Web page. Sun From educational materials to radiation resource information, OSTI has pulled together one-stop access to Department of Energy solar energy resources, as well as a listing of featured documents on solar energy research. DOE has played a major role in solar energy research and development. As a result of solar R&D, the "cost of solar energy has been reduced 100-fold over the past two decades" (from DOE's Making Solar Energy More Affordable). OSTI's Solar Energy page is part of OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. Technical reports on solar energy are available through OSTI's Information Bridge. For additional featured solar information, visit OSTI's R&D Nuggets page.

Posted December 19, 2006


Posted December 5, 2006

  • Turning the Lights On & Speeding Up Science

    What if electricity had been discovered 20 years earlier? While we don't know how large the economic or scientific impact might have been of turning the lights on for an additional generation, OSTI operates as if the benefits would have been significant. Everything that OSTI does is geared to speeding up the diffusion of scientific knowledge and to accelerate scientific progress. Toward this end, OSTI is doing applied research to measure and model knowledge diffusion and to develop new ways to speed it up. The intention is to save years and even decades in discovery time for our nation's researchers. Read more on OSTI's diffusion research Web pages.

  • Harnessing the Power of Grey Literature

    Representatives from Belgium, Fiji, France, Italy, Japan, Romania, the United States and more are exploring the benefits of grey literature as a global platform for R&D, during a conference this week in New Orleans. The Eighth International Conference on Grey Literature [27-KB PDF] exit federal site, held at the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center, December 4–5, focuses on the state-of-the-art in grey literature with applications and innovative uses for science and technology. Debbie Cutler, OSTI's International Program Manager, is participating in the conference as a member of the GL8 Program Committee.

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Posted November 21, 2006

  • OSTI Search Tools Cited for "High Quality" Content

    Thomson Scientific exit federal site recently selected several OSTI search tools and Science.gov for inclusion in Current Web Contents™ exit federal site, a growing collection of scholarly Web sites. Thomson cited the government search tools for “publishing important, high-quality material on the Web.” Thomson Scientific specializes in making premium science content available to the public. The following OSTI-hosted products were included in Current Web Contents™ with a link from ISI Web of Knowledge exit federal site: DOE R&D Accomplishments, Energy Citations Database, Federal R&D Project Summaries, and Science.gov. Thomson Scientific is part of the Scientific & Healthcare market segment of The Thomson Corporation. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

  • "Blackbody Form" Research Yields 2006 Nobel Prize

    George Smoot made an announcement in 1992 that “essentially silenced all the scientific critics of the Big Bang theory.” (See the October 3, 2006 edition of Today at Berkeley Lab.) For research leading up to that announcement, Smoot was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2006 exit federal site. Smoot, an astrophysicist at Berkeley Lab since 1974 and a UC Berkeley exit federal site physics professor since 1994, shared the award with John C. Mather of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Together they discovered the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Read more on this discovery at the DOE R&D Accomplishments Featured Scientists page.

  • OSTI Contributes to Second Harvest

    OSTI recently provided 28 “Food for Kids” kits and 3 Backpacks to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Knoxville, as part of a food drive sponsored by the Oak Ridge Chapter of the Federally Employed Women (FEW). The “Food for Kids” program provides backpacks filled with nutritious, non-perishable food. The local “Food for Kids” drive provides food for over 1,600 children in 41 schools in 11 surrounding counties. According to a Department of Energy Oak Ridge Operations press release, the drive resulted in 5,000 pounds of food and cash contributions totaling approximately $1,200.

Posted November 7, 2006

  • Alvin Weinberg (1915–2006) Papers at OSTI

    Can the Sun Replace Uranium? During his esteemed career as pioneering nuclear scientist and Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Alvin Weinberg penned words on this topic and a wide range of scientific challenges to mankind's future. These words, codified in research literature, represent Weinberg's science legacy. A selection of papers has been made available in full text at the OSTI Web site. Additional Weinberg papers, including lecture notes, technical reports and speculations, can be found by searching the technical information collections in the Energy Citations Database and Information Bridge, two of the science information resources which reside at OSTI and are available on the Web.

  • OSTI Participates in INIS Liaison Officers Meeting in Vienna

    OSTI participated in the 33rd Consultative Meeting of the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) Liaison Officers, October 30–November 1, 2006, in Vienna, Austria. OSTI represented the U.S. position in the International Atomic Energy Agency exit federal site INIS meeting, thus ensuring that the direction and information exchange benefits the U.S. nuclear community by providing key scientific and technical information to DOE and to academia, industry, and the public. Brian Hitson, associate director of OSTI, attended and chaired a special session on INIS promotion and outreach. Debbie Cutler, operating agent representative for the IEA's Energy Technology Data Exchange and OSTI's international program manager also attended, providing an ETDE program overview and highlights of recent activities.

  • OSTI Working with GPO on Electronic Media Transition

    OSTI Director Walter Warnick is a member of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, which met October 21–25 in Washington, D.C. The Depository Library Council is an advisory body formed to provide advice to the Government Printing Office (GPO) on topics related to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). GPO has been working to transition to electronic media. OSTI is a leader in this arena and has a track record of success for the Department of Energy, as noted in the OSTI Milestones.

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Posted October 17, 2006


  • Thin-Film Lithium Batteries Highlighted at OSTI

    Imagine batteries that can be recharged thousands of times; come in any size and shape; and are thin enough to be embedded in skin to assist in heart regulation. The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed just such a high-performance thin-film lithium battery for a variety of technological applications. Teledyne licensed this technology from ORNL to make batteries for medical devices including electrocardiographs. Read more on ORNL's research and other sources of information on thin-film lithium batteries at DOE R&D Accomplishments, a Web portal developed by OSTI.

  • E-print Network Provides Access to Science, Scientists

    You can search more than 900,000 scientific documents at OSTI's E-print Network. This vast, integrated network of scientific and technical information contains e-prints in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also including subject areas such as chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy. Enjoy the capability to search across approximately 22,000 scientific Web sites and 56 science databases worldwide, and access more than 2,900 relevant scientific societies. The E-print Alerts feature will automatically notify you when new e-print information is available in your specific areas of interest. In addition, E-print Network is a means for researchers (as well as program managers, educators, and others) to rapidly identify and establish connections with scientists they may not know exist.

  • International Group Gathers in Knoxville to Discuss Sharing Science across Borders
    OSTI Podcast


    The desire to share science across international boundaries brought representatives from 11 countries to the Knoxville area October 3–5. The 20th Technical Working Group meeting of the International Energy Agency agreement, known as the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), reviewed enhancements to the ETDE database, ETDEWEB; and held discussions pertinent to international research exchange. Representatives hailed from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the International Atomic Energy Agency's International Nuclear Information System. ETDE is a group of 16 counties under agreement to make available the widest range of energy-related research, and, secondarily, to disseminate that information to developing countries. ETDE World Energy Base or ETDEWEB is the Internet tool for disseminating the energy research and technology information that ETDE collects and exchanges. ETDEWEB holds over 3.7 million records.



Posted October 3, 2006


  • DOE Nobel Laureate Information at OSTI

    As Nobel Prize winners are announced this week, discover the rich history of Department of Energy Nobel Laureates at the DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. This Web site is a central forum for remarkable advances in science that were the outcomes of past DOE research and development. Included is the complete roster of 84 Nobel Laureates since 1934 that are associated with DOE and its predecessor agencies. Read more about George F. Smoot, the 2006 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, announced today. Also, recently added to the roster was Steven Chu, a 1997 winner and now director of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Check DOE R&D Accomplishments regularly for additional updates and features.



Posted September 26, 2006


  • Advancing Renewable Energy Conference
    October 10–12, 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri


    Advancing Renewable Energy The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will jointly host the conference Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance, October 10–12, 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri. This conference will bring together key stakeholders in biofuels, wind, and solar energy to:

    • Identify major issues including partnership opportunities facing decision makers both within government and in the private sector.
    • Identify critical pathways to rapid deployment of renewable energy technologies; identify bottlenecks; and make policy recommendations for resolving these issues.
    • Examine policy incentives such as tax credits, loan guarantees, expedited approval processes, and other measures to increase certainty, reduce risk, and accelerate the deployment of new energy sources.
    • Advance understanding of the opportunities and issues involved in the integration of distributed energy production into legacy systems.

    To learn more about what DOE, USDA, and other agencies are doing in the renewable energy research arena, search at Science.gov and Federal R&D Project Summaries.  These sites are hosted by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information.

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Posted September 19, 2006


  • OSTI Highlights First-Time Electronic Availability of Geothermal Documents at San Diego Geothermal Conference
    OSTI Podcast


    The Geothermal Technologies Subject Portal, providing first-time availability of searchable, downloadable historical reports as well as a new look, was highlighted at the Geothermal Resources Council 2006 Annual Meeting in San Diego, September 10–13. Among the 15,000-plus available documents, you can now uncover another 3,000 citations and reports added this year. Dating from the 1970s to present day, these technical and programmatic "legacy" reports are among the most valuable sources of DOE-sponsored information in the geothermal field. Other citations and reports from DOE, other government agencies, international sources, and organizations are included. Both Basic and Advanced search are now available, enabling scientific researchers and the interested public alike to more quickly and easily find geothermal documents. OSTI developed and maintains the site for the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Geothermal Technologies Program.

  • OSTI Supports the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 50th Anniversary Celebration in Vienna


    On behalf of the Department's Office of Science, OSTI will support the IAEA's 50th anniversary celebration exit federal site at the 50th General Conference held at Vienna's Austria Center exit federal site, September 18 to 22, 2006. Several key country delegations are providing special historical exhibits. The U.S. delegation will host a display focusing primarily on the key role President Eisenhower played in establishing the IAEA. Many of the U.S. memorabilia items are provided from the OSTI, including documents from the U.S. delegation to four of the Atoms for Peace Conferences (1955, 1958, 1964 and 1971), Eisenhower photographs, publications by Glenn T. Seaborg about the IAEA, samples from Understanding the Atom series, and several key Enrico Fermi documents. In addition to the OSTI collection, the U.S. display will include a bust of Eisenhower created for the IAEA in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "Atoms for Peace" speech from 1953, a CD of the 2003 presentation ceremony, and the text of the speech itself (from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library). The exhibit will be on display in Vienna for most of the year-long celebration, with potential exhibits in other countries where special events will be hosted.



Posted September 5, 2006


  • OSTI Hosts UT Grad Students


    OSTI is hosting two graduate students this fall as part of the Science Links scholarship program. Gary Robinson, a graduate of Miles College exit federal site (computer science), and Erin Dominick, a graduate of Oklahoma State University exit federal site (psychology) will spend 20 hours per week as interns at OSTI while earning a Master's degree in information science exit federal site from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville exit federal site (UT). Science Links is a two-year scholarship funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and UT. The scholarship is awarded to students from underrepresented groups interested in a career in science librarianship. OSTI will provide mentors for each student. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

  • Science Conferences Expands


    Science Conferences, the Web portal where you can find select science conference papers and proceedings, now queries up to 26 sites with its basic search feature. Recently added to the original 16-site distributed search are: American Nuclear Society; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society; Materials Research Society; ASM International; National Institute of Standards and Technology; National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements; Society of Petroleum Engineers; American Solar Energy Society; and American Oil Chemists' Society. Science Conferences taps resources such as national labs and professional societies whose areas of interest in the physical sciences and technology intersect those of the Department of Energy.

Posted August 22, 2006


  • Space, Wind, and Water now Featured at Science.gov


    Celestial sights, state-of-the-art wind turbine designs, and real-time flow maps of the nation's streams are all on display at Science.gov, the "go to" Web portal for government science information. Science.gov is currently featuring three of its thousands of Web sites for exploration and discovery: Astronomy Picture of the Day, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration resource of vivid images of our universe; National Wind Technology Center, a world-class research facility managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy; and WaterWatch, a U.S. Geological Survey interactive map. Science.gov is a gateway to selected science information from sources provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results. Science.gov is hosted by the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).



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Posted July 18, 2006


  • OSTI's E-print Network Content Tops 900,000 Documents


    OSTI's E-print Network: Research Communications for Scientists and Engineers now provides access to over 900,000 documents on more than 22,000 scientific e-print Web sites. In addition, the E-print Network provides links to more than 2,900 relevant scientific societies. This Web portal, established as the PrePRINT Network in 2000, is a vast, integrated network of electronic scientific and technical information created by scientists and research engineers active in their respective fields, intended for use by other scientists, engineers, and students at advanced levels. It is a set of specialized tools and features designed to facilitate the exchange and use of scientific information. A deep Web distributed search across E-prints on Web sites and/or databases is available. This deep Web search allows for compilation and assimilation of data to facilitate information discovery and reuse.

  • OpenNet Recently Redesigned for Office of Classification


    OpenNet is now easier to navigate and includes more full-text content that can be searched electronically. The Web portal, developed by OSTI in support of the Department of Energy's commitment to openness, provides timely access to recently declassified documents, including information declassified in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. This database will include references to all DOE documents declassified and made publicly available after October 1, 1994. New references will be added periodically as they are available. OpenNet was developed and redesigned for the Office of Classification within the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance.



Released June 20, 2006


  • OSTI Employee Director-Elect of New SLA Division


    Valerie Allen, senior technical information specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, was recently named director-elect of the newly formed Government Information Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).



Posted June 6, 2006


  • Relevancy Ranking Enhanced at Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database


    A basic search now returns more relevant results than ever at OSTI's Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database. Recently implemented technology sorts through DOE's research results and rapidly returns information in an order more likely to meet the user's needs. Future plans include relevancy ranking enhancements on the advanced search options as well. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Energy Citations Database provides free access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 through the present. Both databases are continually growing through regular updates.

  • OSTI Highlights "AEC Information Retrieval Experiment"


    One of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) News Releases for the week ending August 5, 1970 was about a successful worldwide information retrieval experiment. The AEC experiment demonstrated that a terminal in Paris could search a computer in California and display the resulting bibliographic citations on a screen in Paris. OSTI has featured the AEC experiment at its DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

  • Dr. Walter Warnick Invited to Speak at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information Public Conference


    Dr. Walter Warnick, director of OSTI, has been invited to speak at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information exit federal site Public Conference. The conference will be held at the Lister Hill Center Auditorium at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland June 7–8, and will be followed by the General Assembly June 9–10. Dr. Warnick's presentation is entitled "Global Search and Distributed Repositories: Science.world."

  • Science.gov, Geothermal Energy Technology exhibits at Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit


    OSTI highlighted Science.gov and the Geothermal Energy Technology subject portal at the 16th Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit, held at the Chattanooga Convention Center May 31 to June 1. Science.gov, the nation's "go to" Web portal for government science information, is a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies. The Geothermal subject portal, providing distributed searching of full-text technical reports and other resources, is sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). This was the 16th in a series of regular economic development summits organized to help strategically link the technology-rich Tennessee Valley Corridor — from North Alabama through East Tennessee into Southwest Virginia and Southern and Eastern Kentucky.



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Released May 16, 2006


  • OSTI Increases Visibility of DOE Science via WorldCat


    Librarians from around the world have a new avenue of access to research results from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). More than 120,000 records for DOE scientific and technical information are now available in WorldCat, a database merging catalogues of more than 50,000 libraries in 96 countries and territories.



Released May 2, 2006


  • Science.gov Adds NSDL to Collection


    The nation's "go to" Web portal for government science information recently added the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) to its collection. This means that users can search all the science databases and more than 1,800 science Web sites at Science.gov, plus the 1.1 million records of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education resources at NSDL, with just one click. This one-stop search is free of charge, free of ads, and returns only reliable science information.



Released April 4, 2006


  • Alert Service Sends International Research to Public Desktops


    An alert service is now available through the ETDEWEB or Energy Technology Data Exchange World Energy Base. Citizens can set up a free e-mail alert account and receive information on a wide variety of energy-related research through a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed service. Users can target information of interest, and then choose whether to receive updates on a weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Registration is required.



Released March 1, 2006


  • Science.gov Alerts Help Track Latest Science Information


    The Science.gov Alert Service has been updated to take advantage of the new Science.gov 3.0 query capabilities. The Alert Service tracks the latest information on your science topics of interest and delivers that information to your desktop e-mail each Monday. The Alert Service is free, and registration is available at the Science.gov home page.



Released February 17, 2006


  • Global Discovery introduced at AAAS 2006


    OSTI was a key participant in the symposium, Global Discovery on the Internet, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2006 Annual Meeting exit federal site Feb. 16–20 in St. Louis, MO. The symposium introduced Global Discovery, which promises to increase the pace of science by searching all scientific communities at once for data, information, or methodological advances. OSTI is conducting applied research on a number of challenges related to this vision aimed at turning local discovery into Global Discovery. The benefits for researchers, for citizens, and for the U.S. economy could prove far-reaching.



Released February 1, 2006


  • OSTI raises $2,400 for Norwood, Dutch Valley, Andersonville, Briceville, and Fairview Elementary Schools


    The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) raised $2,400 during its recent annual Adopt-A-School auction. The auction was held at Kern Methodist Church in Oak Ridge and benefits Norwood, Andersonville, Briceville, Dutch Valley, and Fairview Elementary Schools. OSTI Director Walter Warnick said, "This is another example of our employees' dedication to advancing science knowledge. I appreciate their efforts and the area businesses who generously partnered with OSTI to benefit local school children."



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Released January 17, 2006


  • OSTI's E-print Network Continues Rapid Growth


    The E-print Network, a communications hub created by scientists for scientists worldwide, currently provides full-text searching of more than 730,000 e-print documents from scientific Web sites — an increase of almost 40 percent since January 2005. More than 100,000 documents were added to the network in the past three months.



Released January 3, 2006


  • OSTI Employees Cited for Central Roles in Science.gov


    The Office of Scientific and Technical Information's Sharon Jordan and Valerie Allen were recently cited for their central roles in the creation and ongoing development of Science.gov, a federal science Web portal.

Released November 15, 2005


  • Science.gov 3.0 Launched


    The latest version of Science.gov was launched today allowing more refined queries for searches of federal science databases. While Science.gov 3.0 is available to everyone, these improvements will be especially helpful to scientists and information specialists in their searches.



Released November 4, 2005


  • OSTI Director Walter Warnick named AAAS Fellow


    Dr. Walter L. Warnick was recently elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science exit federal site (AAAS) in the Information, Computing, and Communication section "for leadership in the federal scientific information community and for contributions to the conceptualization, development and implementation of innovative programs that significantly advance access to government information." Dr. Warnick is the Office of Science's Acting Senior Information Management Executive and Director of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information.

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Released September 20, 2005


  • International Recognition for OSTI-Based Information Systems


    The May 2005 report, "Energy Research and Technological Development (RTD) Information Systems in the ERA (European Research Area)," issued positive comments regarding OSTI's activities: "Many respondents and interviewees refer to the USA 's situation as a role model for Europe. Access to government-funded energy RTD is ensured in the USA by the Technical Information Management Programme (TIMP) (OSTI's former budget title) of the US Department of Energy." The International Energy Agency Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) program, managed by OSTI since 1987, was also highlighted as a key international information system.

  • OSTI Brings Foreign Research to U.S. Science Community


    OSTI and the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) were recently cited in a European Commission study as key information systems that could serve as models in the development of a European Union-focused energy portal. ETDE is a multilateral information exchange agreement to which OSTI serves as the Operating Agent.

  • OSTI Opens for Harvesting over 110,000 Citations to OCLC


    OSTI is pleased to announce that its Open Archives Initiative (OAI) server has opened more than 110,000 DOE scientific and technical reports on OSTI's Information Bridge for harvesting by the Online Computer Center Library (OCLC). OCLC exit federal site is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. More than 53,548 libraries in 96 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.

  • DOE Physicists at Work Feature Series


    "I always tell my students to pick their Ph.D. topic carefully because you usually spend the rest of your life at it or something similar." So says Dr. Naomi Harley, professor with the New York University School of Medicine exit federal site.

  • A Puzzle at OSTI's Celebrating Einstein Site


    Take equal masses of lead and aluminum. Heat them until their temperatures are both 10 degrees higher. Will it take the same amount of heat for each? Find out the surprising solution at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Featured Nugget, "Solid Cold."

  • DOE Physicists at Work Feature Series


    Dr. Lin-Wang Wang has a love for theory, extending back to when he was a middle school student in China. At that time, his parents subscribed for him a popular science magazine. "I was intrigued by the science fictions in that magazine, always couldn't wait for the next issue to come," says Dr. Wang, staff scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Scientific Computing Group (SCG) of the High Performance Computing Department.

  • Hurricane Katrina Recovery Information Features at Science.gov


    The Science.gov Alliance recently tapped its wealth of scientific information across 12 science agencies to provide two special Hurricane Katrina features at Science.gov. A few of the vast information sources included on these features are: WISER — Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders; HSDB — Hazardous Substances Data Bank; TOXMAP — Toxics Release Inventory maps; as well as features on Environmental Cleanup and Recovery, Emergency Health Management, Managing Emergency Health Services; Drinking Water; Rodents, Snakes, and Other Pests After Disasters and Mold. Science.gov is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by 12 U.S. Government agencies and accesses 50 million pages of government science information. The Science.gov Web portal is hosted by OSTI.

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Released September 6, 2005


  • New Features at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments


    Two Noble Laureate features have been added to OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site: William A. Fowler shared the 1983 Nobel Prize in physics exit federal site for his research into the creation of chemical elements inside stars, and Martin L. Perl, a professor at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center exit federal site (SLAC), awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in physics exit federal site for his 1975 discovery of a new elementary particle known as the tau lepton.

  • Innovations in Scientific Knowledge and Advancement (ISKA)


    OSTI's Innovations in Scientific Knowledge and Advancement (ISKA) provides enhancements and improvements to transform our collections and services. ISKA is a strategic initiative to accelerate the diffusion of knowledge and advance science.

  • DOE Physicists at Work Feature Series


    "I always tell my students to pick their Ph.D. topic carefully because you usually spend the rest of your life at it or something similar." So says Dr. Naomi Harley, professor with the New York University School of Medicine exit federal site.

  • Search over 660,000 E-prints at OSTI's E-print Network


    With our latest update, users can now search against a universe of 664,745 e-prints. These e-prints are created within the research laboratories of 18,200 active investigators whose aim is to make sure that their work is readily accessible to interested colleagues and students.

  • OSTI Updates EnergyFiles for More Relevant Results

    EnergyFiles now utilizes QuickRank®, a special formula that filters results, sending you more relevant returns. Follow a subject pathway, or try a multidisciplinary search at EnergyFiles to search over 500 databases and Web sites containing information and resources pertaining to science and technology of interest to the Department of Energy, with an emphasis on the physical sciences.

  • Hurricane Katrina Information at Science.gov


    Now you can view images, read impact studies, learn about search-and-rescue missions and more from a variety of science resources at Science.gov, a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies. Science.gov, hosted by OSTI, accesses 50 million pages of government science information and allows searches across 29 databases and more than 1,800 science Web sites.

  • Science.gov Launches Customer Survey


    Science.gov, hosted by OSTI, launched a customer satisfaction survey on September 2, 2005. The survey, presented by ForeSee Results and based on the methodology of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), will appear randomly to Science.gov patrons and will remain on Science.gov sites through February 28, 2006. The survey is a pop-up survey that will take 2–3 minutes to complete. Users may accept or decline participation in the survey.

  • New Feature at OSTI's DOE R& D Accomplishments


    Sheldon Glashow, whose work has been instrumental in understanding how our universe came into being, and Steven Weinberg, author of the prize-winning book The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe, are two Noble Laureates featured at OSTI's DOE R &D Accomplishments.

August 19, 2005


  • OSTI Brings Foreign Research to U.S. Science Community


    Each year the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) – through its participation in two multilateral R&D information exchange agreements – gains access to approximately 80,000 foreign energy-related research summaries.

  • DOE Physicists at Work feature series


    The drying up of his research funds may have been the best thing that ever happened to Andrew Post-Zwicker, head of the Science Education Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

August 3, 2005


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June 2005


  • The Opportunity for Global Discovery in Science


    One of the great remaining diffusion challenges is something called global discovery. The problem of global discovery occurs when a scientist needs to look outside of their own research community to solve a problem, and there is no way to tell what other community to search in ... The opportunity exists to build a true global search facility. Such a facility would give scientists the ability to quickly find out what is going on in the whole rest of science ...

  • OSTI Establishes OAI Server, Achieves Broader Exposure for Records


    OSTI's establishment of an OAI server immediately opened more than 108,000 records for harvesting by the National Science Digital Library exit federal site and other OAI users, achieving broader exposure of searchable science through OSTI's suite of R&D databases.

  • OSTI Increases Total Number of Documents Available to the Public


    OSTI is pleased to announce the addition of full-text reports from 1994 in digital form to the DOE Information Bridge, bringing the currently viewable total to more than 108,000 DOE scientific and technical reports.

May 2005


  • Science Conferences Launched


    A new search tool, developed by OSTI, makes DOE-related science conference papers and proceedings easier for you to access and easier for you to search. The portal permits users to simultaneously search for conference papers and proceedings at number of scientific and professional organizations. Many of the organizations facilitate purchase of full text online documents through an online shopping cart.

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