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How’s Features Help Improve Access to Scientific and Technical Information Across the Federal Government, the gateway to federal government science information and research results, is commemorating 10+ years of service to the American people.    

The portal was launched in December 2002 and is an interagency initiative of 19 U.S. government science organizations within 15 federal agencies.  These agencies form the Alliance, which governs on a collaborative basis. Many of the of the agencies that participate in are members of CENDI, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers, which provides administrative support and coordination for

 I am very proud  that the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has played an important role in conceiving, developing and hosting  I am grateful to the many OSTI federal and contractor employees who have helped CENDI and the Alliance make truly “Your Gateway to Federal Science Information.” enables a user to access more than 55 databases and 200 million pages of science information via a single search box.  The content for is contributed by its participating agencies; it places no new burdens on them but offers each agency a government-wide resource where it can display content in which it has already invested.


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Impact of Basic Research on Innovation

Image depicts Apple iPod (first generation) with arrows to and from technologies developed with DOE funding.

The development of MP3 technologies illustrates the unexpected benefits of basic research. In 1965, a hand-sized storage and playback device that would hold 15,000 recorded songs was the stuff of science fiction. Even simple hand-held calculators were rare and expensive at that time.

Research funded by the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology contributed to the breakthrough technologies of magnetic storage drives, lithium-ion batteries, and the liquid crystal display, which came together in the development of MP3 devices. The device itself is innovative, but it built upon a broad platform of component technologies, each derived from fundamental studies in physical science, mathematics, and engineering.

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