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Cathey Daniels
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February 17, 2005

New Service Delivers Science Information to Desktops

Alliance helps public stay "alert" to the latest science discoveries from 12 federal
science agencies, introduces Alert Service, the "go to" Web portal for federal science information, now provides a free and convenient "Alert" service that delivers information about the most current science developments right to desktops each Monday.

Launched at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Feb. 17-21, 2005) in Washington, D.C., the Alert Service provides weekly emails to those interested in science across the nation.

From the homepage (, individuals can set up an account and let do the searching for them. Each week, up to 25 relevant results from selected information sources will be sent to the subscriber's email account. Results are displayed in the Alert email and in a personalized Alert Archive, which stores six weeks of alerts results. In the Archive, past activity can be reviewed and Alert profiles edited.

Individuals can choose specific sources to monitor, or select the "All Sources" option. drills down into hard-to-find research information collections, spanning more than 47 million pages of government R&D results. More than 1,700 government information resources and 30 databases on a wide variety of scientific topics are available - all in one place and searchable with just one search tool.

Since its launch in 2002,, the science companion to FirstGov, has been the one-stop gateway to reliable federal science and technology information. allows individuals to search for information based on subject, rather than by government agency. is made possible by the Alliance, a collaboration of 12 federal agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services and the Interior, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Archives and Records Administration.

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