Government science portal

Lawyers in a range of practice areas — from tort to IP to biotech and beyond — can attest that scientific research is often an important aspect of law practice. Such research is now a bit easier thanks to a new federal government gateway to science and technology information on the Internet, The product of a collaboration among 14 scientific and technical organizations from 10 major science agencies, the site indexes more than 1,000 government resources such as technical reports, journal citations, databases, government Web sites and fact sheets — all of which are available free. Agencies participating in the site are the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, and Interior; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and the National Science Foundation.