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.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.