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.