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Jun 5, 2012DOE Science Showcase--Fuel Cells, What's in the Research?

Fuel CellsConsiderable research is focused on how to improve fuel cells, their efficiency, environmental impact and marketability. Read about fuel cell research and find the Department's fuel cell research in key DOE databases:

Jun 5, 2012Hair spray, aerosol deodorants & kitchen refrigerators part of Rowland's 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry

F. Sherwood RowlandF. 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.

Jun 5, 2012Visit the updated OSTI Facebook page

Milestones on facebookThe 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.

May 23, 2012Department of Homeland Security joins Science.gov Alliance

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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./>

May 16, 2012Penn 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.

May 15, 2012Secretary 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" 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."

May 15, 2012Owen 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.

Apr 12, 2012OSTI'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.

Apr 11, 2012What's playing now at ScienceCinema? See the latest feature.

US ITER Project Manager Ned Sauthoff, joined by Wayne Relerson, Team Leader Magnet Systems, and Jan Berry, Team Leader Tokamak Cooling System, discuss the U.S.'s role in the ITER.
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.

Apr 11, 2012OSTI 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:

Jun 8, 2011New 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).

Jun 3, 2011Polytechnic Institute of New York University in the Spotlight at .EDUconnections

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.

Jun 1, 2011Thin films, tunneling, and superconductivity research info at DOE R&D Accomplishments website

Ivar Giaever
Ivar Giaever worked in the fields of thin films, tunneling, and superconductivity, which eventually yielded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973. 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.

May 26, 2011CERN Multimedia Now Playing at Energy Department ScienceCinema


DOE, CERN and Microsoft Research have teamed up to make CERN multimedia accessible through the ScienceCinema multimedia search engine (see the 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.

May 2, 2011Research "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.

May 2, 2011Arapahoe Community College Science and Technical Programs featured at OSTI Community College Connections

Energy Technology programs are offered now at Arapahoe Community College:

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

Apr 13, 2011Ting and the J/psi Particle yield Charm quark plus 1976 Nobel Prize


While conducting research in the early 1970s at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Samuel C.C. Ting concluded he had evidence of a new elementary particle 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. 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.

Apr 1, 2011Improving 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 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.


Mar 9, 2011Women's (in DOE Science) History Month info at OSTI

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.
  • 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.

Mar 1, 2011OSTI honored with Anderson County Combined Federal Campaign Awards

Office of Scientific and Technical InformationAt 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.

Mar 2, 2010Find 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.

Feb 9, 2010Find DOE patents related to Tokamak devices at the OSTI DOepatents database

.EDUconnections   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.

Feb 9, 2010"Spotlight" on MIT at the OSTI .EDUconnections website

.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.

Jan 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.

Jan 19, 2010How do plants capture energy? OSTI features the work of Nobel Laureate Melvin Calvin

Melvin Calvin Following carbon's path through photosynthesis earned Melvin Calvin the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
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.

Jan 19, 2010Now you can share DOE accomplishments and read the blog

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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.

Jul 29, 2009GCN: 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 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. 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.

Jul 21, 2009Adopt-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.

Jul 21, 2009OSTI "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.

Jul 7, 2009Taming the molecular wildness, understanding chemical bonds: documents, lectures of Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach posted at OSTI

Dudley Herschbach

Research documents and lectures of Dudley Herschbach, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 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.

Jun 26, 2009Find and share global research with new tools at WorldWideScience.org

WorldWideScience.org

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.

Jun 23, 2009Librarians learn ways to quickly share Energy Department, federal agency, and global science info at SLA

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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./>

Jun 10, 2009OSTI sports new look and improved navigation

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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.

Jun 10, 2009WorldWideScience.org: China’s participation expands access to global science

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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, 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.

Jun 2, 2009Find 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.

May 19, 2009Research documents of the late Nobel Laureate Henry Taube featured at OSTI

Henry Taube
Research documents of Henry Taube from the 1960s and 1970s can be downloaded in full-text format from OSTI’s DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Taube received the 1983 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and was cited by the Nobel Committee as "one of the most creative research workers of our age in the field of coordination chemistry" (see press release). Find resources with additional information about Taube at OSTI. While at the site, 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.

Jul 1, 2008WorldWideScience Alliance Ceremony Podcast Released


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 (see DOE press release) 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.

Jul 1, 2008Finding DOE R&D just got easier for librarians


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 Other Library Tools & Special Services web page.

Jun 10, 2008DOE Data Explorer

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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.

Jun 3, 2008Science Web sites featured at Science.gov

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In one query, you can search over 30 databases and more than 1,800 scientific Web sites 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 Web site 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 Web Sites by topic area on the home page. In addition to scientific Web sites, 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 e-mail updates about your favorite science topics, and e-mail your favorite search results to friends and colleagues. Science.gov was developed through the interagency Science.gov Alliance and is hosted by OSTI.

May 20, 2008OSTI posts feature of DOE scientists contributing to 2007 Nobel Peace Prize about Climate Change

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OSTI has posted a Climate Change feature of Department of Energy researchers who contributed to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. 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.

May 7, 2008Inventor resources available at OSTI’s DOepatents Web site

DOepatents
Inventors interested in working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can find a wealth of resources through OSTI’s DOepatents Web site. 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 Web site. Questions about technology transfer at DOE may be addressed to DOEtechtransfer@science.doe.gov.

Apr 22, 2008Connect to researchers around the world at OSTI’s E-Print Network
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You can browse more than 28,500 Web sites 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 Web sites 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.

Mar 18, 2008African American Inventors, Nutrition, Much More Featured at Science.gov

Science.gov 5th AnniversaryIn one query, you can search over 30 databases and more than 1,800 scientific Web sites from 13 federal government agencies at Science.gov. Currently featured sites include African Americans in Science and Technology, Smart Nutrition, Poison Prevention and 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 Web site and selecting the Featured Web Sites Archive link at the bottom right of the page. You can access all the sites from the Explore Selected Science Web Sites by topic area on the home page. In addition to scientific Web sites, 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 e-mail updates about your favorite science topics. Science.gov was developed through the interagency Science.gov Alliance and is hosted by OSTI.

Mar 4, 2008PET Scan research highlighted at OSTI Web site
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 Web site, 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.

Feb 26, 2008Oxygen’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 Web site. DOepatents was developed and is maintained by OSTI, and is a resource of the DOE Science Accelerator.

Jun 28, 2007Global Science Gateway Now Open

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You can now easily access science from around the world via
a single Web entry point, www.WorldWideScience.org.
This new global science gateway opened for free public access on June 22 at
the public meeting of the International Council
for Scientific and Technical Information
Annual General Assembly in Nancy,
France. WorldWideScience.org currently retrieves research results from more
than 200 million pages of information from 15 national portals of 10 countries
– Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands,
the United Kingdom, and the United States. The gateway, WorldWideScience.org,
was developed and is maintained by the U.S. Department
of Energy
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. Please see the DOE press
release: Global Science Gateway Now Open.

Jun 28, 2007OSTI Pact with Internet Archive Ensures Uninterrupted Research Access

E-print Network

One sure thing about the World Wide Web: like the weather, it will change.
Given this dynamic nature of the Web and the importance of preservation of
scientific information in a digital environment, OSTI recently partnered with Internet
Archive
to ensure uninterrupted access to more than 1 million online research
papers from the E-print Network.
The DOE E-print Network is the largest collection that a federal institution
has undertaken in an on-going effort to preserve their own documents and history
through Archive-It. “As a result of
the pioneering partnership between the Internet Archive and OSTI, we are
ensuring long-term, continuous access to the growing body of cutting-edge scientific
and technical knowledge produced by scientists and research engineers,” said
OSTI Director Dr. Walter Warnick.
“Without a way to periodically archive this material, important science content
within this ever-growing, ever-changing online, e-print environment could disappear.”

Jun 19, 2007Find 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 the U.S. Department
of Energy 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.

Jun 5, 2007OSTI helps citizens find DOE legacy research

A free online tool for search and retrieval of legacy research sponsored by
and/or related to the U.S. Department of Energy (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.

Jun 5, 2007DOE Gray Literature Now Registered with CrossRef

Information Bridge

Through a partnership with CrossRef, 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.) The U.S. Department of Energy (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.”

May 15, 2007"Adventurer Physicist" highlighted at OSTI

Considered an 'adventurer physicist' (see ScienceMatters@Berkeley), 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 U.S. Department of Energy research and development that have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

May 2, 2007OSTI Celebrates 60 years of Knowledge Sharing, 1947-2007

Throughout 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.

May 2, 2007Get science—Access E-print Network for current research documents, researchers' Web sites, and scientific societies

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. Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Scientific Web sites are organized by scientific disciplines and an Alert Service is available.

May 2, 2007Science.gov selected to 2006 Best Web References list

According to Library Journal, Science.gov "is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research." Each year Library Journal selects best Web references 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 of 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.

Apr 17, 2007Snapshots 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.

Nov 7, 2006OSTI 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.

Oct 17, 2006Thin-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. Thin-Film Battery with Lithium Anode

Oct 17, 2006E-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.

Oct 17, 2006International Group Gathers in Knoxville to Discuss Sharing Science across Borders

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.

Oct 3, 2006DOE 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.

Sep 19, 2006Historical feature from OSTI: 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics of essential importance in quark model development

Read about three physicists whose investigations from 1967 to 1973 at the then-new Department of Energy two-mile electron linear accelerator at Stanford, were of "essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics." This work led to the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize in Physics. Jerome Friedman and Henry Kendall of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Richard Taylor of SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) are featured this month at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. The physicists were cited for their "pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons."

Sep 19, 2006OSTI highlights first-time electronic availability of geothermal documents at San Diego Geothermal Conference

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.

Sep 19, 2006Office of Scientific and Technical Information (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 at the 50th General Conference held at Vienna's Austria Center, 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.

Sep 5, 2006OSTI 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 (computer science), and Erin Dominick, a graduate of Oklahoma State University (psychology) will spend 20 hours per week as interns at OSTI while earning a Master's degree in information science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (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.

Sep 5, 2006Science 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.

Sep 6, 2005OSTI 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.

Sep 6, 2005Innovations 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.

Sep 6, 2005DOE 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.

Sep 6, 2005Search 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.

Sep 6, 2005OSTI 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.

Sep 6, 2005Hurricane 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.

Sep 6, 2005Science.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.

Aug 16, 2005OSTI's Search Tools in Top 100

Online search tools at OSTI hold six slots in the recently posted Top 100 Science/Technology Government Information Web sites by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Aug 16, 2005Science 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.

Aug 16, 2005DOE 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).